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My family background means that I have always held an interest in legal and social issues; my mother worked as a social worker which sparked my interest and this was furthered after my parent's divorce. My A level Law course has furthered my interest in these areas and in the second year of the course I am studying criminal law. This is something which fascinates me, especially as I have a huge interest in understanding why people are drawn to commit crimes.

I also have a keen interest in politics, and I am currently studying the politics of America which has increased my understanding of the US presidential election; something that effects the entire world. My History A level course has also given me a better understanding of how our country and society has developed, and my study of Nazi Germany has shown me the importance of standing up for our rights and freedom, something I fully believe in. The courses which I have studied have improved my analytical and writing skills to a high standard, and mean that I am a more capable student.

At college, I am the current Student Union secretary and vice-president. My current projects are co-ordinating an end of year prom and in light of the current increase in prices of food, trying to lower prices in the college canteen. As well as this, I am also on a NUS sounding board, covering and affecting topics such as the national minimum wage, how students access advice and information about their futures in schools, and the CALL campaign. Also, I sit on the college corporation as the student governor, helping make decisions that potentially could affect all 37,000 students across the college. I love each of the jobs that I do within my college as I'm doing something different and talking to different people every day. When I studied for my GCSEs, I also completed a training course with the Welsh Assembly on Procurement, and I sat on an interview panel to recruit a company which would be providing courses to young people all over Wales about politics. I also took part in the Young Enterprise scheme where I was Managing Director, and was on the school debating team.

Over the last summer, I worked in a call centre selling loans. This taught me how to deal with difficult situations within strict legal guidelines; a challenge I relished. I soon learnt that angry customers need fast, sensible solutions which I had to find quickly that would suit both the company and the customer. I also learned to speak to many different types of people and to organise myself properly. I have also worked as a child minder, and regularly work as a babysitter; big responsibilities but I love doing it! Music is another of my passions. I play bassoon and double bass in county orchestras as well as flute for my own enjoyment. Through my tuition in these, I have passed graded examinations in these, all at merit or distinction level. Cooking also interests me, and I love trying out new recipes and experimenting with different flavours and textures. Other hobbies of mine include writing and reading; especially George Orwell, and Harper Lee, the cinema, travelling and foreign languages; I would love to expand upon my German GCSE and possibly take up Spanish too. I am keen to take up a place on the Erasmus programme, especially to either America or Germany. Along with this, I would also like to join the Student Union and contribute to any student publications such as a newspaper or magazine.

I believe that my enthusiasm for the subject, combined with my drive to do things to the best of my ability, my willingness to get involved and my passion to solve problems would make me a suitable applicant for this course.

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Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

For many years, I have been interested in questions of right and wrong, in why conflict arises and how it can be resolved, and in looking at both sides of an argument. I maintain an interest in political processes and thought and am a strong supporter of democracy and the principle of justice. These are some of the reasons why I want to study Law

History is probably the school subject that best prepares me for the study of Law, since studying the past helps me make sense of the world we live in today. Through examination of source material, I have developed analytical skills, helping me understand the perspective of others and assess the significance of a date, statement or audience

During my AS-Level History course, I studied some of the most significant pieces of legislation in the history of Britain and Ireland, including the Act of Union of 1800/01, the Roman Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 and the Great Reform Act of 1832

I had specific reasons for choosing my other A-Level subjects. I chose Biology because I have an interest in Genetics and Biotechnology, and the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise from these fields. I felt it was important to study Computing because computers are becoming increasingly essential tools. I decided to study Mathematics because of its emphasis on logical thought, and because it provides me with an intellectual challenge. I feel that this varied academic background will help me in my studies and in my ambition to become a well-rounded person

I have participated in a number of extra-curricular activities that I feel will aid me in my study of Law. My recent achievements include being highly commended for my representation of China on the Security Council at the **** College Model United Nations summit, being part of a team of four who won the Amnesty International The Rights Stuff debating competition and finishing runner-up in a Youth Leadership Competition organised by the Rotary Club. These activities have helped me to understand the importance of diplomacy and world citizenship. In order to have an opportunity to help people, I hope to volunteer to work for the RNIB next summer

In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends, going to the cinema, using the Internet and reading. My favourite fictional work is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and I enjoy reading satire, such as Stupid White Men by Michael Moore. In the past few years, I have read biographies of Robert F. Kennedy, Albert Speer and John Nash, and I am currently reading legal textbooks. I also enjoy playing the clarinet

While I was a member of a jazz band, I went on concert tours to Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts and played at the official opening of the Waterfront Hall, Belfast

When I finish my degree, I may undertake post-graduate study. I may then decide to enter the legal profession, or I may work in local, national or international government. The flexibility and versatility offered by a Law degree is one of the reasons why I wish to obtain one.

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This statement is slightly shorter than it could be, particularly in terms of discussion of Law as a subject. The applicant seems to be focussing too much on his/her academic and extra-curricular record. The lack of full stops at the end of paragraphs is also a bad move, particularly when the character count allows plenty of extra space.

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For many years, I have been interested in questions of right and wrong, in why conflict arises and how it can be resolved, and in looking at both sides of an argument. I maintain an interest in political processes  and am a strong supporter of democracy and the principle of justice. These are some of the reasons why I want to study Law. This last sentence seems a bit bland, completing a paragraph that, as a whole, is rather clichéd. Apart from anything else, who is not a strong supporter of democracy and justice, barring evil would-be dictators?

History is probably the school subject that best prepares me for the study of Law, since studying the past helps me make sense of the world we live in today. Through examination of source material, I have developed analytical skills, helping me understand the perspective of others and assess the significance of a date, statement or audience .


During my AS-Level History course, I studied some of the most significant pieces of legislation in the history of Britain and Ireland, including the Act of Union of 1800/01, the Roman Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 and the Great Reform Act of 1832. The relevance of this is slightly tenuous and it seems that the applicant is merely 'name-dropping' legislation. Mentioning how this has led to a greater understanding of how the legal system works or how this links to the study of current laws might be better.


I had specific reasons for choosing my other A-Level subjects. I chose Biology because I have an interest in Genetics and Biotechnology, and the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise from these fields. I felt it was important to study Computing because computers are becoming increasingly essential tools. I decided to study Mathematics because of its emphasis on logical thought, and because it provides me with an intellectual challenge. I feel that this varied academic background will help me in my studies and in my ambition to become a well-rounded person.

Paragraphs 2 and 4 above would probably be best contained in one, shorter paragraph. Something like "My subjects were chosen with the aim of preparing me for the rigours of a Law degree. History in particular should be helpful to me, as studying the past helps me make sense of the world we live in today. Through examination of source material, I have developed analytical skills, helping me understand the perspective of others and assess the significance of a date, statement or audience. Biology increased my interest in Genetics and Biotechnology, and the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise from these fields. I chose Maths and Computing in addition to these so that I could increase my knowledge in different fields, helping me to broaden my academic background.


I have participated in a number of extra-curricular activities that I feel will aid me in my study of Law. My recent achievements include being highly commended for my representation of China on the Security Council at the **** College Model United Nations summit, being part of a team of four who won the Amnesty International The Rights Stuff debating competition and finishing runner-up in a Youth Leadership Competition organised by the Rotary Club. These activities have helped me to understand the importance of diplomacy and world citizenship. In order to have an opportunity to help people, I hope to volunteer to work for the RNIB next summer . Lists are often best avoided, but these achievements are quite impressive, and do have a point. The last sentence, however, seems comparatively weak and uncertain and would be best deleted.

In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends, going to the cinema, using the Internet and reading. My favourite fictional work is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and I enjoy reading satire, such as Stupid White Men by Michael Moore. In the past few years, I have read biographies of Robert F. Kennedy, Albert Speer and John Nash, and I am currently reading legal textbooks. I also enjoy playing the clarinet While I was a member of a jazz band, I went on concert tours to Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts and played at the official opening of the Waterfront Hall, Belfast . This paragraph is quite random and, when taken in addition to the paragraph above, means this statement places far too much emphasis on extra-curricular activities. A better use of the words available would be to discuss an issue raised by the applicant's reading of legal texts, or even to go back to the "legal and ethical dilemmas" which stem from the applicant's study of Biology.

When I finish my degree, I may undertake post-graduate study. I may then decide to enter the legal profession, or I may work in local, national or international government. The flexibility and versatility offered by a Law degree  are just two of the reasons why I wish to obtain one. The last sentence would be better placed first in this paragraph, and the first two sentences need further work, particularly with their overuse of "may"


Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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