Oxbridge VS Non-Oxbridge Law Schools
Attending Oxbridge is a life-experience and getting in is very competitive. So, before you commit to either Oxford or Cambridge it’s important that you are aware of some of the main differences between non-Oxbridge universities and Oxbridge.
1. Oxbridge has different uCAS deadlines so you need to take the LNAT early
One of the most important things to consider before applying to Oxbridge, is that your UCAS deadline will be a lot earlier. For every other university, you will be able to apply as late as January!
For Oxbridge, regardless of your course, you will have to submit your application by the 15th October. This means you will have less time to dedicate to your personal statement, so do keep that in mind. Moreover, you will have to take your LNAT – if you’re applying to Oxford – on or before the 15th October.
2. Cambridge does not require the lNAT
Contrary to Oxford and most of the other universities in the UK, Cambridge does not require the LNAT for its law admission. The Cambridge Law Test (CLT) is used instead. This means that if Cambridge is one of your university choices, then you’ll have to sit both the LNAT and CLT. So, keep this in mind when you’re planning how to prepare for your admission tests – don’t assume that because you’re ready for one that you’ll be prepared for the other. This is, of course, added work and it means you’ll have to spend more time studying.
Another important thing to note is that if you’re applying to Law at Cambridge, your admission test will be held at a different date than the LNAT. The CLT is taken on the same day as your interview. This is arranged by the college you’re getting an interview at so they will send you all the details.You can read more details about the Cambridge Law entry requirements by clicking here.
3. oxford and Cambridge Offer a BA not an LLB
Contrarily to other universities in the UK, when you graduate from Oxbridge, you’ll get a Bachelor of Arts with a Law focus. However, don’t panic! The BA Law for both Oxford and Cambridge is considered a qualifying degree, so you’ll be able to proceed to the vocational stage of your training in Law without delays. This is the second stage to becoming a solicitor or barrister in the UK, so doing a BA at Oxbridge will be the same (timewise) as an LLB at any other UK university.
4. oxford and cambridge have shorter terms
Contrarily to other universities in the UK that have terms lasting from 10 to 14 weeks, terms at Oxbridge are significantly shorter. You’ll attend classes 8 weeks at a time and even though you’ll be very busy during this time, you can use your breaks to catch up on reading.
For a demanding course like Law, this can be ideal if you’re looking for intensive studying for shorter periods of time. If you’re the type of student who works better under pressure and is well organised, this might be the type of timetable you’ll enjoy. You can check some of our ‘Day in the Life’ articles below to get some insight into how the shorter terms work.
5. Law firms have a preference for oxbridge graduates
As unfair as this might seem, companies do have a preference for certain universities. Usually when you’re applying for a job, you might find that in addition to wanting a certain grade – a first class or 2:1 most of the time – companies such as Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, and Slaugter & May, might require the degree to be from a certain university. As such, if you ambition to work for one of the companies within the ‘Magic and Silver Circle’, attending Oxbridge or a Russell Group university is a must.
Research by Chambers Student found that law firms have preference for Oxbridge graduates and this has been the case for years. So, a good piece of advice would be for you to investigate graduate prospects for your university choices. You don’t want to spend years studying law and later find out that your degree isn’t enough to get an interview at your dream law firm.
You can find more information about this research here.
choosing between Oxbridge and Non-Oxbridge law
We hope these top 5 differences between Oxbridge and non-Oxbridge Law helped you. Most important thing to retain from this article is that if you are thinking of applying to Oxbridge you need to start preparing as soon as possible! Deadlines are tight and studying for the LNAT is another challenge to overcome.
Moreover, keep in mind graduate prospects. If you are indecisive about which university to attend, remember that for very competitive industries such as law, having a degree from a specific university might help you in the long run. If attending Oxbridge or a Russell Group university is what will make you get a job at your dream law firm, then go for it! The effort will be rewarded.
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