It is important to get your UCAS applications right to ensure that you secure a place at your university of choice! In order to assist you in this important task, we have put together some advice on how to get it right; here are five things you should do before you send it off!
1. Personal Statement
Once you have chosen to study law at university, it is important that you make it clear in your personal statement WHY you are interested in doing so. When did your interest for the law develop? Was there any particular experiences you had which influenced your decision? Or, was it a particular book, television show or even an inspirational person? However, remember to be sensible when writing your personal statement! It is important to convey that you are reasonably sensible and are serious about studying law at university.
Furthermore, include any work experience or voluntary work you have done over the years, whether it is non-law or law related experience, it will help to show your strengths and the qualities you possess. You can also include any extra-curricular activities or hobbies from which you have gained certain skills.
For more detailed guidance on writing a personal statement, see our article ‘What Makes A Good Personal Statement?’.
Have you chosen your five universities at which to study law? Whether you have based your decisions on the location, university ranking, reputation, attendance at university open days, advice received from your career adviser, particular facilities or entry requirements, it is always best to base your decision on that which is practically most suitable for you. For instance, a particular university’s location and entry requirements may be decisive criteria for you.
Another recommendation is ensure that you select a variety of universities which have different entry criteria. This ensures that you cover all of your bases. You should choose some universities that you aspire to attend and whose criteria you hope to meet, and some universities whose criteria you feel confident about being able to meet. It is advisable to check whether any of the universities you are applying to require you to take the LNAT (the Law National Aptitude Test). If you are required to sit the LNAT, you should book this by mid-January of the year during which you intend to commence your studies.
3. Your Qualifications and Predicted Grades
Enter any qualifications you may have earned in secondary school and in college/sixth form correctly into the UCAS application form. Find out what your predicted grades are before choosing your universities. Most people have a rough idea as to what these may be (based on your first year grades).
Enter your personal details correctly into the UCAS application form so that UCAS can contact you and so the universities to which you are applying know who you are.
5. Checking and Submission
After you have checked the various components of your UCAS application and paid the fee of £23, you are ready to send it. After your application has been sent, you can patiently wait for responses from each university. Remember to check your emails frequently for any UCAS notifications for updates on your application.