The Oxford law interview is an important part of the Oxford admissions process.
The Oxford law interview takes place in an Oxford college and will be led by academic tutors. Your performance at interview will be considered along with your grades, predicted grades, personal statement, references and LNAT score and essay. Oxford does not interview all applicants and the university aims to interview three applicants for each place.
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 assess your academic abilities and potential. The tutors are interested in whether you can justify your views and consider objections Whether you can defend your view in light of those objections, and modify your view where appropriate.
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 interview, you will be allocated to a college that received fewer applications. Whether you select a particular college or put in an ‘open’ application does not affect your chances of being invited to interview or getting an offer.
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.
Some practical points about the Oxford law interview
- Accommodation and meals will be provided by the college
- Wear whatever you feel comfortable in to the interview – you do not need to wear a suit
- There will be lots of waiting around while you are there so you should bring something to do like a book, laptop or school work
- Bring a copy of your personal statement
- The Oxford law interview takes place at the start of December. There is help available with the cost of travelling to your interview – click here for eligibility details on the Oxford University website.
Oxford law interview top tips
- Have a go at answering any difficult questions and see what ideas you can come up with even if you are not sure. There are not often right and wrong answers anyway!
- If you do not understand a question, feel free to ask the interviewer to repeat it or for clarification.
- If you make a mistake, do not worry! Keep trying.
- Show a willingness to consider different views and new information that is put to you.
- Make sure you enter the interview with some knowledge of what you have written about in your personal statement and why you want to study law.