Oxford BCL/MJur 2019-2020


Mombastic
Hi, I'm from a top Indian law school, have a couple of solid publications, other academic experience at the university level including a teaching assistantship and good referees (including one from a professor who holds a BCL and DPhil from Oxford). I also have decent mooting and extra-curricular achievements on my CV. I'm concerned, however, with the suggestion that the top 5% requirement at Oxford is applied strictly - I'm ranked 5th in a class of around 80 students so I'm in the top 6%. As trivial as it sounds, does anyone have a sense of whether this would significantly affect my chances at getting into Oxford, and possibly getting a scholarship for the BCL? My interests are broadly in the intersection between public and private law, and I've expressed that pretty clearly in my SoP and essay. I'd really appreciate your views. Thanks!


You overcomplicate it. Just apply - you have chances! Have trust in yourself :)
[quote]Hi, I'm from a top Indian law school, have a couple of solid publications, other academic experience at the university level including a teaching assistantship and good referees (including one from a professor who holds a BCL and DPhil from Oxford). I also have decent mooting and extra-curricular achievements on my CV. I'm concerned, however, with the suggestion that the top 5% requirement at Oxford is applied strictly - I'm ranked 5th in a class of around 80 students so I'm in the top 6%. As trivial as it sounds, does anyone have a sense of whether this would significantly affect my chances at getting into Oxford, and possibly getting a scholarship for the BCL? My interests are broadly in the intersection between public and private law, and I've expressed that pretty clearly in my SoP and essay. I'd really appreciate your views. Thanks! [/quote]

You overcomplicate it. Just apply - you have chances! Have trust in yourself :)
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charlielim
Hi, I'm from a top Indian law school, have a couple of solid publications, other academic experience at the university level including a teaching assistantship and good referees (including one from a professor who holds a BCL and DPhil from Oxford). I also have decent mooting and extra-curricular achievements on my CV. I'm concerned, however, with the suggestion that the top 5% requirement at Oxford is applied strictly - I'm ranked 5th in a class of around 80 students so I'm in the top 6%. As trivial as it sounds, does anyone have a sense of whether this would significantly affect my chances at getting into Oxford, and possibly getting a scholarship for the BCL? My interests are broadly in the intersection between public and private law, and I've expressed that pretty clearly in my SoP and essay. I'd really appreciate your views. Thanks!


You overcomplicate it. Just apply - you have chances! Have trust in yourself :)


Ha! I had the same query earlier regarding an excess of 0.3 from 5%.

Mombastic's advice is sound. We'll never know unless we try.

On a related note, I just submitted my application. Good luck to us all!
[quote][quote]Hi, I'm from a top Indian law school, have a couple of solid publications, other academic experience at the university level including a teaching assistantship and good referees (including one from a professor who holds a BCL and DPhil from Oxford). I also have decent mooting and extra-curricular achievements on my CV. I'm concerned, however, with the suggestion that the top 5% requirement at Oxford is applied strictly - I'm ranked 5th in a class of around 80 students so I'm in the top 6%. As trivial as it sounds, does anyone have a sense of whether this would significantly affect my chances at getting into Oxford, and possibly getting a scholarship for the BCL? My interests are broadly in the intersection between public and private law, and I've expressed that pretty clearly in my SoP and essay. I'd really appreciate your views. Thanks! [/quote]

You overcomplicate it. Just apply - you have chances! Have trust in yourself :) [/quote]

Ha! I had the same query earlier regarding an excess of 0.3 from 5%.

Mombastic's advice is sound. We'll never know unless we try.

On a related note, I just submitted my application. Good luck to us all!
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Sgwarn
Just submitted. Hopefully the wait won't be too long before we find out. Best of luck to all who apply, I'm sure we're all worthy students.
Just submitted. Hopefully the wait won't be too long before we find out. Best of luck to all who apply, I'm sure we're all worthy students.
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F_Cvl
Just submitted my MJur application as well. Best of luck to all of you!
Just submitted my MJur application as well. Best of luck to all of you!
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Submitted with 2 mins to spare. Good luck all.
Submitted with 2 mins to spare. Good luck all.
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Submitted my MJur application as well. Best of luck to all.
Submitted my MJur application as well. Best of luck to all.
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Rimbaud
Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year?
Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year?
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Sgwarn
Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year?


Don't quote me, but I believe that it was around 12 March. If I remember rightly, offers began to be sent out before rejections. If that's any help.
[quote]Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year? [/quote]

Don't quote me, but I believe that it was around 12 March. If I remember rightly, offers began to be sent out before rejections. If that's any help.
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tonyb
Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year?



I applied in 2016. I got my offer on March 16th... a friend of mine also applied that year. He got a rejection a little before I got my offer.
So I’d say we could expect some news in mid March.
[quote]Does anyone know when offers began to be sent out last year? [/quote]



I applied in 2016. I got my offer on March 16th... a friend of mine also applied that year. He got a rejection a little before I got my offer.
So I’d say we could expect some news in mid March.
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I’m starting to get very preoccupied. Suspect I’ll have a countdown calendar by March.

Ever the optimist, the mind turns to what I’d do if successful. Does anyone know if it is possible to get reading lists etc, as I’d quite like to start dipping my toe back in the water over the summer.

I currently have about 10 courses I’d like to do (Juris, Res, Conflicts, Dissertation, Con Theory, Law In Society, Medical, Fundamental Rights, Child, IP, Eqaulity, Civil Procedure, Evidence*, Human Rights).

Good luck all.

* assuming issues identified by others have been addressed

[Edited by LondonEagle on Feb 22, 2019]

I’m starting to get very preoccupied. Suspect I’ll have a countdown calendar by March.

Ever the optimist, the mind turns to what I’d do if successful. Does anyone know if it is possible to get reading lists etc, as I’d quite like to start dipping my toe back in the water over the summer.

I currently have about 10 courses I’d like to do (Juris, Res, Conflicts, Dissertation, Con Theory, Law In Society, Medical, Fundamental Rights, Child, IP, Eqaulity, Civil Procedure, Evidence*, Human Rights).

Good luck all.

* assuming issues identified by others have been addressed
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charlielim
I think we can only take four courses?

Hoping Brexit won't have that much impact on admissions, scholarships, and life in the UK in general.
I think we can only take four courses?

Hoping Brexit won't have that much impact on admissions, scholarships, and life in the UK in general.
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Louise96
Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx
Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx
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F_Cvl
Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx


Hey Louise! I personally hold a LLB and a two-year LLM degree.

Regarding the Mjur candidates typical profile, see for yourself: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/bclmjur_profile_book_final_2018-19.pdf
[quote]Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx
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Hey Louise! I personally hold a LLB and a two-year LLM degree.

Regarding the Mjur candidates typical profile, see for yourself: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/bclmjur_profile_book_final_2018-19.pdf

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charlielim
Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx


I hold a bachelor's degree in another field and a Juris Doctor. Our jurisdiction requires a prior bachelor's degree before we can enrol in law school.
[quote]Hello everyone!
By pure curiosity for those applying to the MJur : do you hold a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree? And more generally do you know what tend to be the MJur candidates' profile ?
Thanks xx
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I hold a bachelor's degree in another field and a Juris Doctor. Our jurisdiction requires a prior bachelor's degree before we can enrol in law school.
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IP92
Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?

[Edited by IP92 on Feb 28, 2019]

Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?
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Mombastic
Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday they rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?


Just to boost your morale, don't despair - I was rejected by Cambridge for their LLM and instead got accepted for the BCL. At these institutions, there's also a matter of luck (unfortunately/fortunately). Keep your head up :)
[quote]Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday they rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?[/quote]

Just to boost your morale, don't despair - I was rejected by Cambridge for their LLM and instead got accepted for the BCL. At these institutions, there's also a matter of luck (unfortunately/fortunately). Keep your head up :)
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IP92
Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday they rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?


Just to boost your morale, don't despair - I was rejected by Cambridge for their LLM and instead got accepted for the BCL. At these institutions, there's also a matter of luck (unfortunately/fortunately). Keep your head up :)


Thanks for your reply! Your example really inspires hope!
[quote][quote]Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday they rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?[/quote]

Just to boost your morale, don't despair - I was rejected by Cambridge for their LLM and instead got accepted for the BCL. At these institutions, there's also a matter of luck (unfortunately/fortunately). Keep your head up :) [/quote]

Thanks for your reply! Your example really inspires hope!
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Rapp
Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?


I think that Oxford considers your app slightly different from Cambridge in that there are more referees required which is hopefully more evidence of your ability and they require the written work which is actual evidence of your critical thinking and analysis. Cambridge criteria in that light is abit restricted.

[Edited by Rapp on Feb 28, 2019]

[quote]Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?[/quote]

I think that Oxford considers your app slightly different from Cambridge in that there are more referees required which is hopefully more evidence of your ability and they require the written work which is actual evidence of your critical thinking and analysis. Cambridge criteria in that light is abit restricted.
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Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?


I am exactly in the same situation haha, good luck for Oxford!
[quote]Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?[/quote]

I am exactly in the same situation haha, good luck for Oxford!
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IP92
Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?


I am exactly in the same situation haha, good luck for Oxford!

Good luck to you too!) Do you stay optimistic, btw?
[quote][quote]Hey, guys. I applied to Oxford and Cambridge and just was thinking that I had better chances with Cambridge. But yesterday Cambridge rejected me, and now I am a bit less confident about my Oxford application. What do you think, is there a real point to wait an offer from Oxford? I understand that nobody can say for sure, just your thoughts or may be somebody's experience. Have you also applied to Cambridge? What are you results with it?[/quote]

I am exactly in the same situation haha, good luck for Oxford![/quote]
Good luck to you too!) Do you stay optimistic, btw?
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