UCAS Clearing can be used to find a place at a law school if you haven’t received any of the university offers you had hoped for.
This guide sets out everything you need to know, should you wish to set the wheels in motion and opt for UCAS Clearing, including how to apply and alternative options if you can’t secure a place via this route.
Top contributor and TLP Ambassador Ali had to go through Clearing, and is now at Royal Holloway, which he adores! Read his insight into studying at this prestigious university here.
Why do law schools offer UCAS Clearing?
UCAS Clearing is a way for law schools to fill their undergraduate law courses, should they be undersubscribed. These law schools can offer spaces to students who have achieved the requisite grades but have not received or accepted any of their original offers.
Which law schools are offering Law Clearing?
Law is extremely competitive which means that many universities are unable to offer spaces on undergraduate law courses via Law Clearing. Year on year the law schools offering spaces through clearing inevitably varies and it is therefore important to check with each university if they are accepting applications via this route.Examples of universities who have offered clearing spaces in the past include, Swansea University, BPP, University of Cumbria, University of Law.
If you are unable to secure a place via Clearing, all is not lost! You could take a year out and reapply the following year. Find out more about how to do this on our Didn’t Get Into Law? Here Are Your Next Steps blog.
What do I need to bear in mind if I am thinking about Clearing?
If you are considering applying for law courses via clearing, it is important to note the following:
- Clearing applications are made directly through the relevant universities and a full list of law schools offering such places can be found using the UCAS search engine.
- Make direct contact with the universities you are interested in to see if they will accept you.
- Don’t delay! As soon as have decided to go down the Law Clearing route, pick up the phone to the relevant law schools! Note, however, that by doing your homework on the course/law school first will significantly increase your chances of securing a place!
- If the law school is willing to accept you, you need to upload the course details via UCAS under ‘Your Choices’ and then ‘Add a Clearing Choice’ in Track.
To learn more about the ins and outs of Clearing via UCAS, check out their website.
What should I do if I can’t get a place through Law Clearing?
First and foremost, don’t panic! Securing a place at the right law school can be extremely competitive.
You may want to consider taking a year out to assess your options, strengthen your application and reapply the following year – if the university in question accepts reapplications that is. It is extremely important to check this!