Oxford University Law Interview Guide

As the Interview period approaches, here is some advice and top tips for aspiring Oxford Law students on how best to approach the Oxford Law Interview.

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As the Interview period comes closer, here are some tips for you aspiring Law students on how best to tackle the Oxford Law Interview.

Interviews, as daunting as they may seem, are once in a lifetime opportunities to discuss your chosen subject with one of the leading experts in that field. So remember to take as much from it as you can, because those 25-30 minutes will fly by.

The Oxford Law Interview takes place in an Oxford College and will be led by academic tutors. Your performance at the Interview will be considered along with your GCSE grades, predicted grades, Personal Statement, references and LNAT score and essay.

What is the purpose of the Oxford law interview?

The purpose of the Oxford Law Interview is not to test what you know, but how you think. The admissions tutors want to know whether or not the tutorial system would suit you and they want to assess your academic abilities and potential. The tutors are interested in whether you can justify your views and consider objections, and if you can defend your view in light of those objections, and modify your views where appropriate.

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Which college will I be interviewed at?

When you submit your application to UCAS, you can either choose an Oxford College to apply to or you can put in an ‘open’ application. If you are shortlisted for an Oxford Law Interview, you may be Interviewed at the college you selected, or you may be Interviewed at a different one.

If you put in an ‘open’ application and you are shortlisted for an Interview, you will be allocated to a college that received fewer applications. Most colleges Interview everyone twice. After this, you may also be asked to go to a different college for another Interview. Do not read too much into this. It is neither a good nor a bad sign, and it does not always mean that you were unsuccessful in your Interviews at the first college.

Practical Oxford Interview Points

Top tips on tackling Law Interviews at Oxford

1. Make sure you know your material

The most daunting thing about Oxbridge Interviews is that you don’t know what they’ll throw at you. It could be anything: legislation, quotes, a book and your Personal Statement. And although you can’t prepare for the exact material they may give you, the best thing you can do is to know the material you have submitted inside out.

This means if you mentioned an article in your Personal Statement, make sure you read it and re-read it, research the author and ensure you know enough to be able to give an informed opinion on the article and the authors point of view. The same goes for any other materials you may have mentioned e.g. books, quotes, lectures etc. and most importantly, you must know your Personal Statement inside out too. It sounds strange since you’ve probably spent ages writing it, but often we forget the little details we included.

So if you mentioned that you did work experience, think back to it and bring out the most interesting points of your experience. If you’re the head of a society, then think about the skills you’ve gained from that position. Basically, put yourself in the best position possible, so if the Interviewers do bring something up that you’ve already mentioned, you won’t be flailing around trying to remember things. And if they don’t ask you, there’s no loss.

2. Practice

You can do this with anyone; a teacher, a friend etc. But my top tip would be to practice with someone you’re not that close with, or familiar with, it will give you a more realistic experience of the Interview since you won’t know your Interviewers.

When practising, make sure you vocalise your reasoning. By that, I mean to think aloud. This is what the Interviewers want to hear, your reasoning process, how you get from the material or information they give you to an informed and well-reasoned answer.

If you keep that reasoning locked away in your head then they’ll have nothing to assess you on. It does seem a bit odd when you first try it, but as you keep practising, it becomes more natural. And it is good to get this practice because after all, this is what you’ll be doing in tutorials!

3. Stay relevant

Keep up to date with the news in your chosen subject. This doesn’t mean disregard everything else that isn’t directly linked to law. If there is an economic change, the law will be affected, if there is a political change, the law will be affected and if there is a social change, the law will be affected. So stay on top of the big headlines and see if you can analyse them and link them back to the legal world somehow.

Don’t bring out tenuous links. If the links aren’t there, don’t stress yourself trying to find them. But if you can see from the face of the story that it will have some sort of impact on the legal world, try and find that impact.

Similarly, if you mentioned a news story in your Personal Statement, make sure you keep following that story so you know what the consequences of that story were. Interviewers will be impressed if you can contribute recent and relevant examples, so staying relevant is a MUST!

Final Words

So these are our top three tips for tackling Law Interviews at Oxford. Yes, Interviews are scary but if you go in with the right perspective, you can have a lot of fun! Everyone gets nervous, and the interviewers will be expecting that and they should try and make you feel as relaxed as possible, but you also need to contribute to that.

Make sure you eat properly, get enough sleep and try your best not to over-worry because that will affect your performance. And most of all, enjoy the time you have in Oxford because, over the December period, it really is a lovely place to be.
Good luck!

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