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Studying law in the UK: Everything you need to know

The Basics

Why study law?

What is law?

Interesting philosophical question. None of us--even the professors--have figured it out. 

For now, here's an introduction to some basic areas of law. 

Tort Law

Criminal Law

Why study law in the UK, of all places?

Because you want to practise law, of course! If you are considering pursuing a career as a lawyer in England and Wales, whether a solicitor or a barrister, at present there are two different ways of getting the necessary qualifications.

  1. Study law at University, typically for three years, to gain a ‘qualifying law degree’ and then take the relevant vocational course.

  2. Study any subject at University other than law, then do a one-year law conversion course and finally complete the relevant vocational course to become a solicitor or a barrister.

Even if you don't want to be a lawyer, there're still plenty of good reasons to study law, as explained here: Why study law at University if I don't want to become a lawyer

What is studying law in the UK like?

What are UK law schools like?  

For a general introduction to studying law at Cambridge and Oxford, see:

 

What is the college system at Cambridge and Oxford like? 

In summary, colleges are responsible for the following:

  • Your admission: You can either apply to specific colleges or submit an 'open application' (wherein you do not specify a college of choice). Either way, it is the colleges, not the university, who will assess your applications. If you are admitted, you are admitted to a specific college. For example, I was admitted to Girton College, Cambridge and Worcester College, Oxford. 

  • Your accommodation: the college is where you sleep, eat, and (hopefully but not exclusively) make friends. 

  • Your supervisions (or tutorials, as they call it in Oxford): Different colleges may assign their students different tutors for small-group tutorials, which are a hallmark of the Cambridge and Oxford system. As for lecturers, on the other hand, they are the same for everyone regardless of college.  

For more details about colleges, see:

Not sure which college you should pick, or if you should submit an open application? Book our free consultation to find out more. 

What subjects will I take?

As follows, if you were in

What would my life be like? 

A Day in the Life of a Cambridge Law Student is quite informative. Alternatively, just browse Youtube/TikTok: plenty of wannabe influencers showcasing their 'day in the life' there. 

Am I good enough to get into a UK law school?

Entry Requirements for Singapore students

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For more details about entry requirements for Singapore students, see:

Finance matters: Fees, scholarships, and so on

Fees for international students*

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For more details, see:

Need tips on budgeting as a student in the UK? See How much it costs to live at university.

Funding (Scholarships, Grants, Bursaries)

There are more untapped funding opportunities than you think. They may be provided by: 

  • The government, commercial entities, or trusts from your home country

  • The government, commercial entities, or trusts from the UK

  • Your university of choice

 

For example, see scholarships and grants offered by Cambridge and Oxford

The biggest tip to securing funding is to start applying early. There's only so much money to go around. Competition is stiff.

Application Process

Important deadlines

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*Applicable to 2023 intake. Deadlines for 2024 intake have not been released.

How much does it cost to submit an application on UCAS?

The application fee for 2023 entry* is £22.50 for a single choice, or £27 for more than one choice, as stated here

*Data for 2024 entry has not been released. 

What do I need to prepare in my UCAS application?

Quite a few things actually. The most significant items are: which schools you'd like to apply to, your personal statement, and your academic.

Alternatively, you can book a free consultation with us so we work on your application with you step-by-step. 

Personal Statement

Find everything you need to know about personal statements here: Personal Statements 101

LNAT

Find everything you need to know about LNAT here: Acing the LNAT

Interviews

Find everything you need to know about the interview here: Preparing for the Interview

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