I essentially made the point in my personal statement that the BCL was the one thing I wanted to do - for myself - before I started an academic career. Thus, its not a qualification I 'need' by any means.
It is at least plausible that put them off, but one must wonder how having a candidate like me would do anything other than make them look better. i wrote to the dean about it - perhaps i will get to the bottom of it, perhaps not.
at any rate, you all will do great things, no matter where you end up.Don't feel bad, everyone. I have a PhD in law from Cambridge, multiple publications in top journals, two LLM degrees (one taught and one research) with distinction from Edinburgh, practice experience, and I've even interviewed for teaching and research positions at Oxford - I was still rejected.
Genuinely interested in this - what did you feel the BCL would add to this impressive CV? I'd imagine with these credentials you'd have so many options (certainly in academia or the Bar etc) available to you already!
Anyway - sounds like it's Oxford's loss!
Out of curiosity, what did you write to the dean? About your personal rejection or about the general assessment criteria they use?
All the best for your future in any case!