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


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got rejected for BCL!


When did you receive the email? 


I received the email at 2am (UK time). It reads: 

On behalf of the academic department, I am writing in connection with your application for admission to the Bachelor of Civil Law. The department has now carefully considered your application and supporting materials, but we are sorry to have to tell you that your application has not been successful.Application to Oxford is extremely competitive, and we are not able to offer places to all the excellent candidates who apply. Due to the high volume of applications Oxford receives, in line with University policy, we are unable to provide feedback on our reasons for rejecting or selecting candidates.If you have also applied for scholarships as listed on the application form, those applications will not be considered any further.Thank you for having considered Oxford as a place to undertake graduate work. We wish you every success with your plans for your future studies.



Yours sincerely

Dr Nadia Pollini
Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment
University of Oxford


Apart from having the best name in the forum (an achievement in itself), I'm sure you'll find your own unique path - oxford is a great dream, but hardly a bulletproof route to happiness (especially in these times)...


[quote][quote][quote]got rejected for BCL! [/quote]<br><br>When did you receive the email?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I received the email at 2am (UK time). It reads:&nbsp;<br><br>On behalf of the academic department, I am writing in connection with your application for admission to the Bachelor of Civil Law. The department has now carefully considered your application and supporting materials, but we are sorry to have to tell you that your application has not been successful.Application to Oxford is extremely competitive, and we are not able to offer places to all the excellent candidates who apply. Due to the high volume of applications Oxford receives, in line with University policy, we are unable to provide feedback on our reasons for rejecting or selecting candidates.If you have also applied for scholarships as listed on the application form, those applications will not be considered any further.Thank you for having considered Oxford as a place to undertake graduate work. We wish you every success with your plans for your future studies.<br><br><br><br>Yours sincerely<br><br>Dr Nadia Pollini
<div>Director of Graduate Admissions &amp;amp; Recruitment
</div><div>University of Oxford</div> [/quote]<br><br>Apart from having the best name in the forum (an achievement in itself), I'm sure you'll find your own unique path - oxford is a great dream, but hardly a bulletproof route to happiness (especially in these times)...<span></span><br><br><br>
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Hello!

Yesterday the self service portal changed for a lot of people. But only one reportedly got a decision. What happened to the rest of us? 

Yesterday the self service portal changed for a lot of people. But only one reportedly got a decision. What happened to the rest of us?&nbsp;
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Oxfordmad

It’s actually quite depressing to be rejected by Oxford. Especially since we all apply with outstanding credentials. 

It’s actually quite depressing to be rejected by Oxford. Especially since we all apply with outstanding credentials.&nbsp;
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Hello!

It’s actually quite depressing to be rejected by Oxford. Especially since we all apply with outstanding credentials. 



I am really sorry to know that. I am sure great things are waiting for you. I had one question though. Did they update your self service portal or it was just an email? 

[quote]It’s actually quite depressing to be rejected by Oxford. Especially since we all apply with outstanding credentials.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br><br>I am really sorry to know that. I am sure great things are waiting for you. I had one question though. Did they update your self service portal or it was just an email?&nbsp;
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MM2021

I guess, it means we‘ll be rejected in the next night. Don’t understand why it takes them so long to process those decisions. Very frustrating. 

Yesterday the self service portal changed for a lot of people. But only one reportedly got a decision. What happened to the rest of us? 

I guess, it means we‘ll be rejected in the next night. Don’t understand why it takes them so long to process those decisions. Very frustrating.&nbsp;<br><br>[quote]Yesterday the self service portal changed for a lot of people. But only one reportedly got a decision. What happened to the rest of us?&nbsp; [/quote]
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LLM2021/22

Tbh, I prefer Cambridge's method of sending out rejections before offers slightly more. 

Less cruel. 

Tbh, I prefer Cambridge's method of sending out rejections before offers slightly more.&nbsp;<br><br>Less cruel.&nbsp;
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Inactive User

Unless they had to wait to hear from some admission teams within the department (who went down with coronavirus or were struck by lightning or went on an 8-week hiking spree), it's pure chaos. Do reject me, but don't demean me. We all paid equally for our application to be processed and we deserve a timely feedback

Unless they had to wait to hear from some admission teams within the department (who went down with coronavirus or were struck by lightning or went on an 8-week hiking spree), it's pure chaos. Do reject me, but don't demean me. We all paid equally for our application to be processed and we deserve a timely feedback<br>
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hp4327

Unless they had to wait to hear from some admission teams within the department (who went down with coronavirus or were struck by lightning or went on an 8-week hiking spree), it's pure chaos. Do reject me, but don't demean me. We all paid equally for our application to be processed and we deserve a timely feedback


louder for people in the back!! 

[quote]Unless they had to wait to hear from some admission teams within the department (who went down with coronavirus or were struck by lightning or went on an 8-week hiking spree), it's pure chaos. Do reject me, but don't demean me. We all paid equally for our application to be processed and we deserve a timely feedback<br> [/quote]<br><br>louder for people in the back!!&nbsp;
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watermoron

Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?

Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?
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xiukhung

Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow.

Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow.
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hp4327

Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow.


Did she indicate whether any more offers or waitlists would be made? 

[quote]Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow. [/quote]<br><br>Did she indicate whether&nbsp;any more offers or waitlists would be made?&nbsp;
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ctbbiggest...

Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?


i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June

[quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June
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MM2021

Did you ask specifically for the BCL or the MJur or in regard of both programmes?
Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow.

Did you ask specifically for the BCL or the MJur or in regard of both programmes?<br>Anyway, thanks for sharing!<br><br>[quote]Hey guys I called the faculty 15mins ago. The lady said admission decisions were finalised last Friday so we should all hear back by the end of tomorrow. [/quote]
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Antony93

The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May. Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks. 

Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?


i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June

The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May.&nbsp;<div>Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>[quote][quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June [/quote]</div>
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MM2021

Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May. Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks. 
Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?


i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June

Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.<div>Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.<br><br>[quote]The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May.&nbsp;<div>Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>[quote][quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June [/quote]</div> [/quote]</div>
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LLM1720

Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May. Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks. 


i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June


For what it’s worth, I have absolutely loved my year at Oxford despite the pandemic (doing the BCL atm). Yes, most formal dinners were cancelled (very college dependent) and there was no proper matriculation, but many of us have tried to make the most of a very unfortunate situation. Despite the ongoing restrictions, I have been able to form very close connections with students and Faculty members (in a way this weird situation has united us and required us to socialise one-on-one rather than in big groups which has resulted in close friendships). Of course, I wish I could attend a law ball or something similar so I might have to persuade some of my friends who are pursuing DPhils next year to take me to formals in a few years time (or next year) :) anyway, I understand why many people would choose to postpone but I thought I should mention that it hasn’t been completely terrible!

[quote]Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.<div>Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.<br><br>[quote]The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May.&nbsp;<div>Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>[quote][quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June [/quote]</div> [/quote]</div> [/quote]<br><br>For what it’s worth, I have absolutely loved my year at Oxford despite the pandemic (doing the BCL atm). Yes, most formal dinners were cancelled (very college dependent) and there was no proper matriculation, but many of us have tried to make the most of a very unfortunate situation. Despite the ongoing restrictions, I have been able to form very close connections with students and Faculty members (in a way this weird situation has united us and required us to socialise one-on-one rather than in big groups which has resulted in close friendships). Of course, I wish I could attend a law ball or something similar so I might have to persuade some of my friends who are pursuing DPhils next year to take me to formals in a few years time (or next year) :) anyway, I understand why many people would choose to postpone but I thought I should mention that it hasn’t been completely terrible!
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LLM2021/22

Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus?


I'm an offer-holder for the BCL and I mighttt renounce my offer to potentially take up another offer.

However, I woukdn't renounce because of Covid. I do think the Covid situation is improving and after speaking to some academics from my current uni, I got the sense that most universities are trying their best to implement face-to-face teaching. Oxford's selling point is their small tutorials, which would be relatively easier to restore with social distancing. Even if there are restrictions, I do believe things might be better for semester 2 - which is literally almost a year away.

Also, I think next year would be one of the most competitive years as many strong applicants from the past 2 years who have renounced their offer due to Covid would be reapplying, and I genuinely don't think I would get an offer again. 1f613

[quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>I'm an offer-holder for the BCL and I mighttt renounce my offer to potentially take up another offer.<br><br>However, I woukdn't renounce because of Covid. I do think the Covid situation is improving and after speaking to some academics from my current uni, I got the sense that most universities are trying their best to implement face-to-face teaching. Oxford's selling point is their small tutorials, which would be relatively easier to restore with social distancing. Even if there are restrictions, I do believe things might be better for semester 2 - which is literally almost a year away.<br><br>Also, I think next year would be one of the most competitive years as many strong applicants from the past 2 years who have renounced their offer due to Covid would be reapplying, and I genuinely don't think I would get an offer again.&nbsp;:sweat:<br>
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ctbbiggest...

Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May. Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks. 


i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June


yikes, well they're gonna be dealing with a lot of very unhappy people if that's the case. It's a little incongruent to be able to go to a restaurant for lunch, then go to a pub later on in the evening (both of which will almost certainly to be possible) - and yet do all your classes from your room?

if that's the case, then I hope the faculty members who are comfortable doing so will do their classes in person. contrary to the above person, i know a few people on the BCL this year who've had a bit of a grim time on it.


[quote]Shit, I heard the same rumours from my employer who has close contacts with a professor at Oxford. But I didn't think there was anything to it until now. I have an offer for the MLF and no feedback for the MJur yet, but under the circumstances I'm not that sad if I get rejected. Maybe I'll postpone for a year.<div>Anyway, thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.<br><br>[quote]The risk is too high for me, so I won't take up my places this year and will apply again next year. Studying at Oxford also thrives on the experience outside of teaching and I think that there will still be restrictions in the autumn. I heard from a faculty member that they are considering holding parts of the programmes (MLF/BCL, believe it applies to MJur as well) online in any case (in order to create planning security) and to have some parts optionally held in person, but not to communicate these decisions until applicants have accepted/rejected their places, i.e. until around the end of May.&nbsp;<div>Yes, I know that this info is very vague and of course cannot be substantiated, but for me personally, this risk is already so big that I would rather keep the option open to do my Oxford Master's in a year where I don't face these risks.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>[quote][quote]Just out of curiosity, is any BCL/MJur offer-holder going to renounce an offer in light of the online teaching due to coronavirus? [/quote]<br><br>i think it's quite unlikely that all teaching will be online come October, in particular given that the UK plans to effectively entirely reopen domestically by like, June [/quote]</div> [/quote]</div> [/quote]<br><br>yikes, well they're gonna be dealing with a lot of very unhappy people if that's the case. It's a little incongruent to be able to go to a restaurant for lunch, then go to a pub later on in the evening (both of which will almost certainly to be possible) - and yet do all your classes from your room?<br><br>if that's the case, then I hope the faculty members who are comfortable doing so will do their classes in person. contrary to the above person, i know a few people on the BCL this year who've had a bit of a grim time on it.<br><br><br>
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allen_bolt

Just received an email that I’ve been put on a waiting list. No indication of timeframe or lists or anything so no idea what it means haha. Best of luck for anyone else!

Congrats! That's in many ways better than rejection. I've seen that people in previous years got in touch with them to ask how big the waiting list is and whether they could tell them where they rank. Might be worth trying!


My friend did this just last week! They were quick to respond and very helpful apparently. Worth a try :) congrats! 


Hmm, do you guys suggest emailing the faculty to ask how big the waiting list is and what your rank is? I'm on the MLF waiting list and the letter regarding the outcome of my application had a clear statement that said;

(Please note, it is University policy to keep information regarding the number of candidates on the waiting list, and an individuals ranking within it, confidential. We are therefore unable to disclose this information to you.)

From this statement I'm suprised, Oxford potentially disclosed this information to a wait listed candidate. I don't want to bog the faculty with an unnecessary email when they clearly said they can't disclose this information but if others have succeeded in doing so, then it just confuses me.

Honestly being waitlisted just prolongs the torture haha, I'm forever in limbo.





[Edited by allen_bolt on Mar 23, 2021]

[quote][quote][quote]Just received an email that I’ve been put on a waiting list. No indication of timeframe or lists or anything so no idea what it means haha. Best of luck for anyone else! [/quote]<br>Congrats! That's in many ways better than rejection. I've seen that people in previous years got in touch with them to ask how big the waiting list is and whether they could tell them where they rank. Might be worth trying! [/quote]<br><br>My friend did this just last week! They were quick to respond and very helpful apparently. Worth a try :) congrats!&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hmm, do you guys suggest emailing the faculty to ask how big the waiting list is and what your rank is? I'm on the MLF waiting list and the letter regarding the outcome of my application had a clear statement that said;<br><br>(Please note, it is University policy to keep information regarding the number of candidates on the waiting list, and an individuals ranking within it, confidential. We are therefore unable to disclose this information to you.)<br><br>From this statement I'm suprised, Oxford potentially disclosed this information to a wait listed candidate. I don't want to bog the faculty with an unnecessary email when they clearly said they can't disclose this information but if others have succeeded in doing so, then it just confuses me.<br><br> Honestly being waitlisted just prolongs the torture haha, I'm forever in limbo. <br><br><br><br><br><br>
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Hello guys!

Do you know which other scholarships are granted by Oxford aside from the ones you can apply at the time of submitting the application and when can we expect to receive any information about them? Thanks!

Hello guys!<br><br>Do you know which other scholarships are granted by Oxford aside from the ones you can apply at the time of submitting the application and when can we expect to receive any information about them? Thanks!
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