Oxford 2021-2022 BCL/MSCs/MJUR/MPHIL/MLF Applicants


The Magic ...

This upload button mystery is very perplexing. 
I’ve read the student forum also and there seems to be no definitive view on what the button means... waiting for two more days is insane. 


TELL ME ABOUT IT!! Reading this thread is a guilty pleasure... I clearly don't have a handle on my type-A, law student neurosis if I'm worrying about an upload button lol. 

[Edited by The Magic Button on Mar 17, 2021]

[quote]This upload button mystery is very perplexing.&nbsp;<br>I’ve read the student forum also and there seems to be no definitive view on what the button means... waiting for two more days is insane.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>TELL ME ABOUT IT!! Reading this thread is a guilty pleasure... I clearly don't have a handle on my type-A, law student neurosis if I'm worrying about an upload button lol.&nbsp;<br><br>
quote
Inactive User

The waiting game is always very stressful. 
Especially we know that it’ll be these two days or so. 

I use a gmail and I’m continuously refreshing...
and also trying to look at other forums to see if they have an idea. 

The waiting game is always very stressful.&nbsp;<br>Especially we know that it’ll be these two days or so.&nbsp;<br><br>I use a gmail and I’m continuously refreshing...<br>and also trying to look at other forums to see if they have an idea.&nbsp;
quote
LLM2021/22

Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice? 1f642

Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice?&nbsp;:slightly-smiling-face:
quote
Inactive User

Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice? 1f642


I guess apart from Harvard law school, Oxford and Cambridge are the two other best law schools. I wouldn’t consider Harvard, and I have a Cambridge degree already. So it’s just Oxford for me 

[quote]Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice?&nbsp;:slightly-smiling-face: [/quote]<br><br>I guess apart from Harvard law school, Oxford and Cambridge are the two other best law schools. I wouldn’t consider Harvard, and I have a Cambridge degree already. So it’s just Oxford for me&nbsp;
quote
Scotty19tr

I have to choose between Oxford and Cambridge as well and think, that Cambridge is a bit more exclusive and has a better reputation.

Still so anxious about release of the results today/in the next days. Never read about the disappearing button thing before.

I have to choose between Oxford and Cambridge as well and think, that Cambridge is a bit more exclusive and has a better reputation.<br><br>Still so anxious about release of the results today/in the next days. Never read about the disappearing button thing before.
quote
Inactive User

Decisions might actually come in really soon...
I suspect the admin team have a decision ready and the faculty is supposed to communicate them soon 

Decisions might actually come in really soon...<br>I suspect the admin team have a decision ready and the faculty is supposed to communicate them soon&nbsp;
quote
ctbbiggest...

Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice? 1f642


im leaning towards going to the bar in England at the moment, and the BCL seems to have a certain cachet there, so I’d probably pick it over Cambridge if I got it

[quote]Out of curiosity, is Oxford everyone’s first choice?&nbsp;:slightly-smiling-face: [/quote]<br><br>im leaning towards going to the bar in England at the moment, and the BCL seems to have a certain cachet there, so I’d probably pick it over Cambridge if I got it
quote
Inactive User

Cambridge sends rejections first.

Oxford on the other hand sends offers first.

A friend applied to BCL two years ago and didn’t get it. Apparently there were a lot of offers going around from the forum but he heard nothing until a week later when he received a rejection from the faculty. 

Cambridge sends rejections first.<br><br>Oxford on the other hand sends offers first.<br><br>A friend applied to BCL two years ago and didn’t get it. Apparently there were a lot of offers going around from the forum but he heard nothing until a week later when he received a rejection from the faculty.&nbsp;
quote
The Magic ...

Cambridge sends rejections first.

Oxford on the other hand sends offers first.

A friend applied to BCL two years ago and didn’t get it. Apparently there were a lot of offers going around from the forum but he heard nothing until a week later when he received a rejection from the faculty. 


yeah - and this is completely consistent with last year's forum.

[quote]Cambridge sends rejections first.<br><br>Oxford on the other hand sends offers first.<br><br>A friend applied to BCL two years ago and didn’t get it. Apparently there were a lot of offers going around from the forum but he heard nothing until a week later when he received a rejection from the faculty.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>yeah - and this is completely consistent with last year's forum.
quote
Sigma

I have to choose between Oxford and Cambridge as well and think, that Cambridge is a bit more exclusive and has a better reputation.


Are you from a civil law country by any chance? It seems to be the other way around for applicants from common law countries (e.g. the Oxford BCL is typically seen as slightly more prestigious than the Cambridge LLM, particularly for those who wish to go to the bar).

[quote]I have to choose between Oxford and Cambridge as well and think, that Cambridge is a bit more exclusive and has a better reputation.<br><br>[/quote]<br>Are you from a civil law country by any chance? It seems to be the other way around for applicants from common law countries (e.g. the Oxford BCL is typically seen as slightly more prestigious than the Cambridge LLM, particularly for those who wish to go to the bar).
quote
Scotty19tr

Actually I’m not 1f603
But yes: My answer was a bit short. Indeed the BCL is the “best” programme if one wants to join the bar. I was comparing MLF and MCL and believe that the Cambridge LLM comes close after the BCL. I would love to elaborate further on that topic but have the feeling that people might be annoyed as we're all waiting on results this week. Let’s come back to this later!

Good luck to all of us!

Actually I’m not&nbsp;:smiley:<br>But yes: My answer was a bit short. Indeed the BCL is the “best” programme if one wants to join the bar. I was comparing MLF and MCL and believe that the Cambridge LLM comes close after the BCL. I would love to elaborate further on that topic but have the feeling that people might be annoyed as we're all waiting on results this week. Let’s come back to this later!<br><br>Good luck to all of us!
quote
Inactive User

The wait and feeling of anticipation can be debilitating. Oxford is a life changing experience  

The wait and feeling of anticipation can be debilitating. Oxford is a life changing experience &nbsp;
quote
charlotteg

On the Self-Service page it notes that "Once a decision has been made on your application, no further documents can be uploaded." 

[Edited by charlotteg on Mar 17, 2021]

On the Self-Service page it notes that "Once a decision has been made on your application, no further documents can be uploaded."&nbsp;
quote
ctbbiggest...

Has anyone emailed the office about the disappearing upload button?


I imagine the admissions office would pull out their hair with exasperation if they received an email about that lol

[quote]Has anyone emailed the office about the disappearing upload button? [/quote]<br><br>I imagine the admissions office would pull out their hair with exasperation if they received an email about that lol
quote
miki3999

If that helps, I am a current Oxford student and I just logged onto the grad application portal and my button is not there, but I wouldn't pay too much attention to that. This portal is super old and it's probably full of glitches. Normally, the only thing that changes on the app portal is that there will appear a new button called "criminal conviction declaration" once you get an offer.

If that helps, I am a current Oxford student and I just logged onto the grad application portal and my button is not there, but I wouldn't pay too much attention to that. This portal is super old and it's probably full of glitches. Normally, the only thing that changes on the app portal is that there will appear a new button called "criminal conviction declaration" once you get an offer.
quote
miki3999

To those rejected this year, 

Don't feel discouraged from pursuing your dreams. Depending on your individual circumstances, there are always things that can be improved in your future application (different referees, better essays, maybe you will have done an LLM degree by then, etc.) Myself, I applied for the MLF programme at the end of my UG degree and was subsequently rejected. I revised every part of my app and reapplied again last year and ended up with an offer. Try to see what you could have done better and try your luck next (hopefully better) year. All in all, the Oxford's application process is super competetive and sometimes even really good candidates end up rejected, so don't take these bad news too personal and try your luck again!


Agreed! Do you mind sharing what you did after the initial rejection that improved your application? Did you go on to do another postgraduate etc?



I just realised at some point that my first app was not that good. Then, I revised my entire application, i.e. I wrote a new essay, wrote new personal statements, changed some referees to those who knew my work better, updated my CV (not too important tbh) and did an LLM degree in the meantime :D 


[quote][quote]To those rejected this year,&nbsp;<br><br>Don't feel discouraged from pursuing your dreams. Depending on your individual circumstances, there are always things that can be improved in your future application (different referees, better essays, maybe you will have done an LLM degree by then, etc.) Myself, I applied for the MLF programme at the end of my UG degree and was subsequently rejected. I revised every part of my app and reapplied again last year and ended up with an offer. Try to see what you could have done better and try your luck next (hopefully better) year. All in all, the Oxford's application process is super competetive and sometimes even really good candidates end up rejected, so don't take these bad news too personal and try your luck again! [/quote]<br><br>Agreed! Do you mind sharing what you did after the initial rejection that improved your application? Did you go on to do another postgraduate etc? [/quote]<br><br><br>I just realised at some point that my first app was not that good. Then, I revised my entire application, i.e. I wrote a new essay, wrote new personal statements, changed some referees to those who knew my work better, updated my CV (not too important tbh) and did an LLM degree in the meantime :D&nbsp;<br><br><br>
quote
Inactive User

Looking at the Oxford Postgrad thread in the Student Room forum and a person (non-law) has received offers with their upload button disappearing around yesterday. So it should be trickling in - whether offers or rejections 

[to add, it’s always a wave of offers first then rejections follow thereafter...]

Looking at the Oxford Postgrad thread in the Student Room forum and a person (non-law) has received offers with their upload button disappearing around yesterday. So it should be trickling in - whether offers or rejections&nbsp;<br><br>[to add, it’s always a wave of offers first then rejections follow thereafter...]
quote
bluerthanu

I follow this thread (maybe lurk is a better word) daily to see if there’s any update on my BCL application, but I honestly think the whole upload button theories are absurdly amazing. It is as though we are descending into a mad people who haven’t eaten or slept in days and we’re starting to see visions and hear voices! I think it would probably find a better audience on Monty Python than on this thread. For all our sanities, I think it is best to park the speculation about what it means and just sit pretty until those emails start coming in. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish is with us all today and that they’re eventually sent out. Best of luck to everybody!

I follow this thread (maybe lurk is a better word) daily to see if there’s any update on my BCL application, but I honestly think the whole upload button theories are absurdly amazing. It is as though we are descending into a mad people who haven’t eaten or slept in days and we’re starting to see visions and hear voices! I think it would probably find a better audience on Monty Python than on this thread. For all our sanities, I think it is best to park the speculation about what it means and just sit pretty until those emails start coming in. Let’s hope the luck of the Irish is with us all today and that they’re eventually sent out. Best of luck to everybody!
quote
princessme...

MJUR applicant here
My button is still there, don't know what to expect.
I agree that when the button is gone, a decision has been made and someone manually ticked your application. In the TSR thread, I've seen people who got both acceptances and rejections after the button was gone.
But, in this case that some applicants still have it and some don't, I don't know what to see into this...

MJUR applicant here<br>My button is still there, don't know what to expect.<br>I agree that when the button is gone, a decision has been made and someone manually ticked your application. In the TSR thread, I've seen people who got both acceptances and rejections after the button was gone.<br>But, in this case that some applicants still have it and some don't, I don't know what to see into this...
quote
princessme...

As I previously posted here, I've been rejected for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, which is within the Faculty of Law, and the rejections were released first than the acceptances/waitlisting, although last year it was the other way around.
Therefore, I am not so sure about the order this year (for MJUR/BCL), but I agree that it is an Oxford pattern to release offers and rejections in different days.

As I previously posted here, I've been rejected for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, which is within the Faculty of Law, and the rejections were released first than the acceptances/waitlisting, although last year it was the other way around.<br>Therefore, I am not so sure about the order this year (for MJUR/BCL), but I agree that it is an Oxford pattern to release offers and rejections in different days.
quote

Reply to Post

Related Law Schools

Oxford, United Kingdom 869 Followers 847 Discussions