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If i’m applying for Cambridge undergraduate law (a competitive degree) what can I do to make sure I stand out?

I think you can try and get on a summer school UNiQ Or go to a sample lecture

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Hi Anita First of all good luck with your application. For Cambridge, make sure you practice the admissions test. It is really essential to get a high score so you stand out. The Oxford bookshelf scheme has free books for all subjects you can request, so have a read of one of those. Make sure you're up to date with what's happening in the law sphere and you have a solid understanding of what you've written on your personal statement. Do get in touch with ex students from your school who have got into Oxbridge to get strategies. Try and organise a practice interview with your school. Make sure you're able to articulate well and really demonstrate your passion. Volunteering, clubs, and extra curricular counts just as much as the grades, to coke across as a rounded student.

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Awesome, good luck! I didn’t apply to Cambridge, but I did apply to Oxford for Law and received an offer (decided not to go, but I got in)! I know Cambridge has a separate test to the LNAT, so I’m assuming they value the test score probably more than other unis which just use the LNAT, as it’s their own test. Not certain, but that makes sense. So for that, just do as many practice papers as you can! Law entrance tests are super difficult to revise for, practice papers really are your best friend. Reading a lot is also useful, just to ensure you have a better chance of knowing all the words that come up. For your personal statement, I think it’s super important to show your passion and interest in the subject. Illustrate how you pursue different interests within the subject, for example if you watch a virtual lecture about a topic, you may find one concept super interesting, then go read a paper about that topic, then learn something from that and pursue that in a different way. Kind of showing your love for learning, subject specific to law. It shows a lot of initiative and passion if you learn about law yourself, LSE has lots of good free online lectures about law/politics/economics (you can link them all), so do many other unis and organisations. Listen to podcasts, watch TED talks, read articles, books, etc, whatever you can, and write what you learnt and how you followed that up. If you have a specific interest in one or two areas of law that can help, but also you don’t want to box yourself in too much. For me, I am mostly interested in human rights and criminal law, so a lot of my personal statement related to that, but I also included a project I had worked on about medical law, and a little about competition law, etc, just to show I am interested in the subject as a whole and not just doing the degree as a means to an end. Someone told me that for Oxbridge, they are looking for candidates who truly want to STUDY the law, not just practice it. Mention being a lawyer (in like a sentence at the end maybe), if that’s what you want to do, but it’s important to highlight that you will enjoy studying law too. My main tip is really to just find your passion for the subject and let that show through as much as possible, that’s what they’re looking for and what will make you stand out from the people who just didn’t know what degree to pick, or who just picked law because they want a big salary (no shade if that is you, just don’t show that in your application!!). If you get an interview (this is based on my Oxford interview, Cambridge ones could be different) make sure you read the documents they give you carefully, listen carefully to their questions and what they’re actually asking you. It’s okay to take a minute to think about things before answering, don’t panic and if you’re not sure just ask them to rephrase. Talk through your thought process, they want to see how you think and analyse information, not just hear your final answer. I hope this helps, sorry it’s so long!

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