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How competitive is it to get into a law university, would I need work experience for my ucas application
Original post by Ellis’s
How competitive is it to get into a law university, would I need work experience for my ucas application

Hi there

It is great to hear that you are considering your University options. 🙂 A law degree can be quite competitive, however, if you start building your CV and have a strong personal statement there is a good chance of getting in law. 🙂

As a final year law student, I think that many Universities appreciate that it is difficult to secure legal work experience before entering University. Instead, boosting your CV through non-legal work experiences is a good way forward. These will equip you with essential transferrable skills, for example: communication, listening, teamwork etc. which you could elaborate on in your personal statement. You could instead showcase your interest in law through doing extra readings, or completing virtual work experiences that are law related.

I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
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Original post by University of Kent
Hi there
It is great to hear that you are considering your University options. 🙂 A law degree can be quite competitive, however, if you start building your CV and have a strong personal statement there is a good chance of getting in law. 🙂
As a final year law student, I think that many Universities appreciate that it is difficult to secure legal work experience before entering University. Instead, boosting your CV through non-legal work experiences is a good way forward. These will equip you with essential transferrable skills, for example: communication, listening, teamwork etc. which you could elaborate on in your personal statement. You could instead showcase your interest in law through doing extra readings, or completing virtual work experiences that are law related.
I hope this helps.
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep


How long does virtual work experience take? And if I could get other in person work experience would it matter what it is as long as the skills are transferable?
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Original post by Ellis’s
How long does virtual work experience take? And if I could get other in person work experience would it matter what it is as long as the skills are transferable?


hello! i’m an incoming law student and can help you out. universities know that not everyone has access to work experience (either online or in person) so it doesn’t overly matter- as long as with your supercurriculars (which can be anything from work experience to reading a book to a MOOC) you reflect on your experiences and what you gained from them. if you want free law work experience, forage has loads (they’re not incredibly long at all) and i know that springpod does one virtual law experience too, but id say the forage one is more useful. you could email local law firms/chanbers to ask for work experience or to shadow a solicitor/barrister, or watch a public session at a local court too. these all count as supercurriculars for your personal statement! good luck :smile:
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Original post by isha_07
hello! i’m an incoming law student and can help you out. universities know that not everyone has access to work experience (either online or in person) so it doesn’t overly matter- as long as with your supercurriculars (which can be anything from work experience to reading a book to a MOOC) you reflect on your experiences and what you gained from them. if you want free law work experience, forage has loads (they’re not incredibly long at all) and i know that springpod does one virtual law experience too, but id say the forage one is more useful. you could email local law firms/chanbers to ask for work experience or to shadow a solicitor/barrister, or watch a public session at a local court too. these all count as supercurriculars for your personal statement! good luck :smile:


Do you need to have any previous knowledge of law?
Reply 5
Original post by Ellis’s
Do you need to have any previous knowledge of law?


nope, not at all!
Reply 6
Original post by isha_07
nope, not at all!


i assume that you meant for the work experience, which is a no. and for your personal statement, you would have gained some ideas of your own about the law, its function, flaws, and its effects anyway from your supercurriculars.
Original post by Ellis’s
How competitive is it to get into a law university, would I need work experience for my ucas application

Hi,

Work experience before you apply for undergraduate law is not a necessity as many people who want to study law simply do not have the opportunity to get any real work experience during their A-level/IB/Btech studies. Therefore, I would not worry too much if you cannot do any before applying to uni. Having said that, if you can get some then this is a great way to show a passion for the subject and that you have really considered what it will be like studying law!

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