With a 4 year career gap, do I stand a chance for BCL at Oxford


Greetings everyone,

Profile:

LLB: 2013 from a local university; CGPA: 3.87; Ranked 2nd

Internships: Two internships including one at Competition Commission (in 2020)


Employment: Cumulative full time work experience of law firms: 4 years; Securities & Exchange Commission: 2 months; In-House: Recently switched as legal counsel to subsidiary of a Netherlands based  company which oeprates as largest telco in the sector in my country. 

Part-time  work experience: 4 year part-time tutoring at a local academy- taught Constitutional Law to candidates aspiriny to write civil service exam.

Volunteer Work: Teaching and Mentoring in 2016 and 2017; Amnesty's Digital Volunteer and organised 2019 Write4Rights; 

Fellowships: Selected as 1 of the 27 Young Politician Fellows (a British Council funded programme) from my country- wrote and presented a policy brief of 2000 words titled "A Pragmatic Approach towards Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Pakistan" and stood third overall.

Moots: Won Honorary Mention in the Moot Court organised by USAID in 2012. 

Co-Curricular: Winner of first prize in an essay competition; winner of first and second prize in two debate contests back in 2011 to 2013. 

Apologies for the lengthy post but I want your insight as to whether I stand a chance for BCL at Oxford.



I completed my LLB in 2013. After an internship and working as an associate at a law firm for 1.5 years, I landed a job at the indigenous Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016- a role I unfortunately had to leave after 2 months owing to caregiving obligations to my mother suffering from parkinson', dementia and superimposed rigidity (a spectrum of diseases which compromised my performance in high school as well since that was when she first had had symptoms and making adjustments and even the acceptance of her condition took us years).




During my career break, I couldn't work full time but did teach a law subject (Constitutional Law) at a local coaching academy in the evening (twice a week). Fast forward, I again mustered up courage in Jan 2020 against my family's opposition and started to work fulltime for a renowned litigation firm. I also interned at the indigenous Competition Commisison (and garnered a new skillset) when courts remained shut for almost 2 months during first wave of Covid. Between Dec 2021 and July 2022, I worked as transactional lawyer for a tier-1 transactional law firm and worked on project financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing etc.




I want to ask:




1) Would I stand a chance if I applied to BCL at Oxford?




2) It's been almost a decade since I graduated- would I still be required to provide all academic LoRs or would, let's say, one academic and two professional LoRs work?




Thank you for taking out time!

[Edited by LegalAesthete on Aug 08, 2022]

Greetings everyone,<br><br>Profile:<br><br>LLB: 2013 from a local university; CGPA: 3.87; Ranked 2nd<br><br>Internships: Two internships including one at Competition Commission (in 2020)<br><br><br>Employment: Cumulative full time work experience of law firms: 4 years; Securities &amp; Exchange Commission: 2 months; In-House: Recently switched as legal counsel to subsidiary of a Netherlands based&nbsp; company which oeprates as largest telco in the sector in my country.&nbsp;<br><br>Part-time&nbsp; work experience: 4 year part-time tutoring at a local academy- taught Constitutional Law to candidates aspiriny to write civil service exam.<br><br>Volunteer Work: Teaching and Mentoring in 2016 and 2017; Amnesty's Digital Volunteer and organised 2019 Write4Rights;&nbsp;<br><br>Fellowships: Selected as 1 of the 27 Young Politician Fellows (a British Council funded programme) from my country- wrote and presented a policy brief of 2000 words titled "A Pragmatic Approach towards Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Pakistan" and stood third overall.<br><br>Moots: Won Honorary Mention in the Moot Court organised by USAID in 2012.&nbsp;<br><br>Co-Curricular: Winner of first prize in an essay competition; winner of first and second prize in two debate contests back in 2011 to 2013.&nbsp;<br><br>Apologies for the lengthy post but I want your insight as to whether I stand a chance for BCL at Oxford.<br><br><br>
I completed my LLB in 2013. After an internship and working as an associate at a law firm for 1.5 years, I landed a job at the indigenous Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016- a role I unfortunately had to leave after 2 months owing to caregiving obligations to my mother suffering from parkinson', dementia and superimposed rigidity (a spectrum of diseases which compromised my performance in high school as well since that was when she first had had symptoms and making adjustments and even the acceptance of her condition took us years).<br><br><br><br>
During my career break, I couldn't work full time but did teach a law subject (Constitutional Law) at a local coaching academy in the evening (twice a week). Fast forward, I again mustered up courage in Jan 2020 against my family's opposition and started to work fulltime for a renowned litigation firm. I also interned at the indigenous Competition Commisison (and garnered a new skillset) when courts remained shut for almost 2 months during first wave of Covid. Between Dec 2021 and July 2022, I worked as transactional lawyer for a tier-1 transactional law firm and worked on project financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing etc.<br><br><br><br>
I want to ask:<br><br><br><br>
1) Would I stand a chance if I applied to BCL at Oxford?<br><br><br><br>
2) It's been almost a decade since I graduated- would I still be required to provide all academic LoRs or would, let's say, one academic and two professional LoRs work?<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for taking out time!
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Gobbledygo...

1) Yes. They mostly care about your grades, academic prizes and potentially publications - not so much your professional experience. 

2) Ask the uni for questions like these rather than a forum.

1) Yes. They mostly care about your grades, academic prizes and potentially publications - not so much your professional experience.&nbsp;<br><br>2) Ask the uni for questions like these rather than a forum.
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