Oxford and Cambridge are considered two of the top universities in the country to study law, so you might want to consider applying as one of your university options. Both universities have highly reputable law faculties, and future employers value a degree from these institutions.
It is important to consider whether this is going to be the right option for you, as it is a very tough selection process. You are also choosing a degree that will most likely lead to career as a lawyer. You are committing 3 years or more of your life to it!
Oxford and Cambridge are known to have exceptional teaching staff and lecturers, and their law faculties have a stellar reputation. Completing a law degree at Oxford or Cambridge will certainly be an asset to your applications to law firms and chambers in the future.
When applying to law at Oxbridge, you should take a look at the LLB courses each university offer.
Cambridge University offers the following law courses:
Cambridge’s undergraduate BA in Law offers an opportunity to apply to take part in their Erasmus+ program, allowing you to study law in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain for a year.
And alternatively, the University of Oxford offers:
Undergraduate Course for Graduates
Oxford’s BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe allows you to study law abroad at one of Oxford’s partner universities in either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands.
Oxford and Cambridge have a different university set up than most universities in the UK – they are unique in their collegiate system. When you apply to Oxbridge to study undergraduate law, you can make your UCAS application to one particular college, or you can make an open application if you have no preference.
Cambridge has 29 undergraduate colleges, and Oxford has 30. It is important to have a look at the university undergraduate prospectuses in order to assess whether you want to apply to a specific college, and if so, which one.
The colleges differ in size, population, location, and some are single sex colleges, whereas others are mixed. It is a good idea to research the colleges and maybe even attend an open day at the universities, because every college is different in structure, layout and culture. It really is a matter of personal preference, from garden size and college grounds to the general college ethos.
Some factors you may want to consider when choosing a college are:
Need more help deciding? Read our guide on choosing the right university to study law
If you want to apply to undergraduate law at Oxbridge, you will have to choose between one or the other. You cannot apply to both Oxford law and Cambridge law.
You apply for undergraduate courses using the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and the deadline for doing so is is the 15th October for both Oxford and Cambridge. You will need to submit a fantastic law personal statement in order to impress admissions tutors as part of the process. You can read more about applying on our UCAS Law page.
Note, however, that if you are applying for postgraduate law courses, you’ll apply direct to the relevant university and the deadlines for such courses vary.
If you are invited to the next round of the Oxbridge selection process, you may be asked to sit a written exam or submit essays. And if you are successful enough to be shortlisted, you will be invited to the university for an interview.
For more information on Oxford law admissions and Cambridge law admissions, click on the links!
If you make it to the interview stage at Oxford or Cambridge, you will attend one, two or more interviews at your chosen college. For law interviews specifically, you do not have to have any prior legal knowledge, but this is your opportunity to show how you can be a great critical thinker.
The purpose of the interview is to see HOW you approach a problem, not whether your answer is right or wrong. There is usually no correct answer to the questions that the interviewers confront you with, it is all about assessing your thinking process.
Don’t be afraid to think aloud and talk the interviewers through your considerations and conclusions. You may also be asked to take a written exam on the interview day, which could be a theoretical legal essay, or solving a legal problem question.
Some example interview questions, taken from the University of Oxford website are:
What does it mean for someone to ‘take’ another’s car?
If the punishment for parking on double yellow lines were death, and therefore nobody did it, would that be a just and effective law?
If you choose to apply to Cambridge University to study Law, you’ll need to take the Cambridge Law Test. Our page on the Cambridge Law Test details more about what the test assesses, as well as providing sample essay questions.
If you choose to apply to Oxford law, you will be required to sit the LNAT test, an externally set aptitude test. Cambridge University does not currently require the LNAT as part of its selection process.
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