The study of law combines skills from both the sciences and arts and therefore most A-level subjects are suitable. Candidates with either arts or science subjects, or a combination of both, are equally welcome to apply. The Law tutors are looking for people who can think clearly, reason carefully and argue persuasively.
We are seeking candidates with the strongest academic potential whom we feel will make the most out of the intellectual opportunities we have to offer. We are looking both for academic potential and commitment to excel in the chosen course of study.
In making our final decisions about candidates we inevitably place a certain emphasis on performance in the interview. If you are invited to interview at St Hilda’s, you can expect to meet with two interviewer panels, including two or more of our Law Fellows and Lecturers. The format of interviews may change slightly from year to year, but will typically involve a discussion around a legal text which you will have had time to read before the interview.
The purpose of our interviews is not to test your pre-existing knowledge of the law, but rather your ability to engage deeply with different and difficult conceptual issues. Our interest is not with the substance of your views and opinions, but with the way you think about and respond to the problems we set and the questions we ask. We are looking for rigorous but flexible and reflective analytical thinking.
Please visit the Law course page on the University Web site for further information, including details on entrance requirements. You can also view a mock interview for Law