If you’re reading this post the chances are you’re an ambitious young female or male yet to attend University, interested in studying law at one of the top 5 institutions in the UK! Great stuff.
Firstly, undergraduate law is not easy! Secondly, It really is very difficult, Thirdly, It doesn’t matter how intelligent you are, you will find it tough. However, with dedication, smart work (not necessarily hard-work) and some luck on your side, you should be able to sail through it.
Which are the top Law Schools in the UK?
Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Durham. Whilst rankings continually fluctuate, consistently for decades these institutions have been known to be at the top of their game academically.
So how does one get into the top Law Schools in the UK?
Stellar Grades! Excellent LNAT results!(where relevant) Some extra-curricular activities, showing great interest in the subject and reading up on it, the last two are particularly important for Oxbridge interviews, staying up to date with news, develop your lateral thinking… and so on
Asides from Oxbridge and Durham, universities do not conduct interviews prior to giving you a place for law. The only way places like the LSE, UCL and Durham determine whether or not they want you is through your grades, LNAT results ( the LSE does not use the LNAT) your recommendation letter and your personal statement. Realistically you want a minimum of three A’s at A level. Cambridge, UCL and the LSE will only accept AAA for a straight law degree, however Law with something else may be AAA, for example at LSE Law and Anthropology requires you to attain AAA at A level, realistically most students accepted will have a minimum of one A. Be sure to do your research, as the institution you attend does impact your job prospects.
Excellent LNAT Results:
Law National Aptitude Test is one of the methods universities use (the ones who require it) to determine, that aside being intelligent, you have the potential to be a good law student. Study for it, practice the test.
Read newspapers, have current affairs knowledge and read around your subject. In your personal statement you will need to show a keen desire in studying Law. If being interviewed, your interviewer is passionate about Law thus they need to see that you are curious, proactive and motivated to learn from them. You have to exhibit coachability and enthusiasm. I will touch upon interview techniques in a different post. Nonetheless do make sure you are up to date with current affairs and how it affects the academic study of Law.
Know Why Law
This seems so obvious, but you must be able to justify why you want to study Law. Loving the subject from young or wanting to save the world is not enough. Set yourself apart to be different!
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