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what to do in year 12 for oxford law

im a year 12 studying A-Levels English lit, modern history and government and politics with predicted A*s and I hope to apply for Law at Oxford in 2025. Apart from wider reading and listening to podcasts, what else can I do to make my application stand out?
Original post by akoala
im a year 12 studying A-Levels English lit, modern history and government and politics with predicted A*s and I hope to apply for Law at Oxford in 2025. Apart from wider reading and listening to podcasts, what else can I do to make my application stand out?

I would suggest looking at the Cambridge law supercurriculars first to see if there is anything particularly relevant (though my understanding is that there are a number of considerable differences between the Oxford and Cambridge courses, so the supercurriculars listed may be better geared for a Cambridge application than an Oxford one): https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions.pdf

I suppose you could try finding a debating society or similar, which will give you plenty of practice with articulating your thoughts (i.e this will be useful for the interviews, should you get that far) and it should help you with deconstructing questionable arguments as well as refining your own in light of new information.
I don’t think I did anything in year 12 other than try to get good grades and do an EPQ on a law related topic. I started reading books off oxford’s reading list at the end of year 12/in the summer before year 13 when I was writing my personal statement. There’s nothing you particularly need to do at this point, reading/podcasts is enough but you could also tutor GCSE students in English/history/a language or enter essay competitions
Original post by akoala
im a year 12 studying A-Levels English lit, modern history and government and politics with predicted A*s and I hope to apply for Law at Oxford in 2025. Apart from wider reading and listening to podcasts, what else can I do to make my application stand out?

Focus especially on achieving a high LNAT score. You need to be well informed of issues. Reading The Guardian and The Economist is recommended. You can read them for free on PressReader app with membership to your local library. As it requires a library card number and your assigned library 4 digit PIN. It will enable you to write an awesome essay for the LNAT.
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Original post by TypicalNerd
I would suggest looking at the Cambridge law supercurriculars first to see if there is anything particularly relevant (though my understanding is that there are a number of considerable differences between the Oxford and Cambridge courses, so the supercurriculars listed may be better geared for a Cambridge application than an Oxford one): https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/super-curricular_suggestions.pdf

I suppose you could try finding a debating society or similar, which will give you plenty of practice with articulating your thoughts (i.e this will be useful for the interviews, should you get that far) and it should help you with deconstructing questionable arguments as well as refining your own in light of new information.

I’m actually trying to start one in my college!! Would you say that’s a good thing to add to my PS?? (Like taking a leadership role and genuine interest etc)
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Original post by thegeek888
Focus especially on achieving a high LNAT score. You need to be well informed of issues. Reading The Guardian and The Economist is recommended. You can read them for free on PressReader app with membership to your local library. As it requires a library card number and your assigned library 4 digit PIN. It will enable you to write an awesome essay for the LNAT.

Oh wow thanks so much

I heard the lnat is super hard so would you suggest revising early and just do practice essays?
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Original post by dgraceee
Hi,
I just received an offer to study law at Oxford and I have detailed what I did in year 12 below (I used a lot of the content from these experiences in my personal statement)

Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference
https://www.law.cam.ac.uk/access-outreach/exploring-law-conference

Peter Cane Legal reasoning essay competition
https://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/about-corpus/whats/news/law-corpus

Corpus Christi Oxford law residential
https://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/about-corpus/whats/news/law-corpus

Read a short introduction to environmental law by Elizabeth Fisher (find your niche in law and do research around it)

Read What about Law? Studying law at university

Clifford Chance ready set law work experience on Forage (there is a lot of law virtual work experience options on Forage for free)
https://www.theforage.com/simulations/clifford-chance/ready-set-law-8vwx

Keep up to date on recent legal developments ( I listened to the UK Law weekly podcast)

I also started the process of a law based EPQ but didn’t include the actual qualification on my UCAS, I only included the research I learned from the process (only mentioned an EPQ if you are 100% sure you will complete it)

And just overall research on areas of interest and looking for different opportunities to listen to law lectures/ talks.

And for the LNAT, I did a few practice papers to familiarise myself with the timings and the structure but a lot of the multiple choice section is just down to instinct, so don’t over think it. However, for the essay section it is good to keep up to date with recent news so you can include them in your essay. Also, practice writing short essays with an introduction and conclusion and have one of your teachers mark them.

In the case you get an interview, makes sure you know your personal statement really well and keep up to date with regular news and legal developments. Other than that, speak your thoughts out loud. Practice doing this to your peers and parents etc. Do this in the interview. Don’t hesitate to say what you are thinking, just go with it and explain why you think what you think. Also. Don’t be afraid to change your answers based on their reply or keep your answer the same, just make sure you explains why.

Hope it all goes well!!!

Wow Congratulations!!!

These resources are super helpful thank you!!
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Original post by undefined
im a year 12 studying A-Levels English lit, modern history and government and politics with predicted A*s and I hope to apply for Law at Oxford in 2025. Apart from wider reading and listening to podcasts, what else can I do to make my application stand out?

Your personal statement isn't the most important bit of your application. Make sure you do well on the LNAT is my advice.
That being said, check out the UNIQ summer school run by the uni of Oxford. If you are eligible for it (if in doubt about eligibility still apply), absolutely do apply! I did mine for History last year and it was SO worth it.
https://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/ - they have a Law summer school. Deadline is in TWO DAYS so do it fast! (no joke i applied a day before the deadline).
Check out Sutton Trust Summer Schools as well, for other unis (Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, King's, Cardiff, Warwick, UCL, Glasgow, St. Andrew's, Nottingham and maybe a few more). I did the Law, social and political sciences summer school at Bristol and it was really interesting. Deadline I believe is in March but double check.
https://summerschools.suttontrust.com/ - here is the link.
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