Law school admissions for 2019 are expected to start next year and, as ever, universities are scrambling to prepare.
While the number of applicants is expected to be higher than it has been for many years, the numbers will not be nearly as high as the past decade.
The University of Oxford’s admissions rules for 2019 have been released, revealing that for the first time in decades, all candidates from the UK and Ireland will be assessed against the University of Cambridge’s standard admission criteria.
Oxford University also published new admissions policies for 2021, outlining a number of changes to its admissions process, including an updated ‘fit’ and ‘fit for purpose’ standard.
This means that the criteria used by Oxford for assessing candidates for admission to the Law School has been updated to reflect that the Law Schools are increasingly relying on a combination of information from the wider community, as well as academic and other evidence.
The Oxford University admissions rules also specify that applicants will not have to have had a ‘law degree’ for at least three years before they are considered.
This is a change from previous years where a candidate had to have a degree of a Law degree or higher before they were considered.
Oxford’s admission policies also have a number more stringent requirements for the 2019 application cycle, including a minimum GPA of 3.7 and a minimum ACT score of 80 or higher.
While these guidelines are still a ways away from being implemented, many applicants are already making plans to start preparing for the new admissions process.
The number of law graduates is forecast to be significantly higher in 2019 than in 2020, as applicants will be looking to enter the profession as early as 2021.
It is expected that around 40,000 applicants will enter the UK law profession in 2021.
Law graduates are also being encouraged to apply as early and as strongly as possible, with some universities encouraging applicants to wait until the spring to apply, according to the Oxford University website.
Oxford Law graduates have also announced they will be applying as early, starting the next year, as they have already started to get their applications in, according a post on the Oxford Law School website.
While a large number of graduates have started their applications for 2019, many are also waiting to hear if their applications will be accepted.
One prospective law student said he had been told that he would have to wait to hear from the Law College about his application, before he could even apply.
He said: “I was told that I could apply from the start, and that I would be sent an email by the end of January.
This was before I even applied for my law degree, so I don’t know if I will even be accepted.”
Many other students, including those from outside the UK, have already begun applying for admission, with a number planning to start their applications as early.
The Law School also has a new ‘fit and proper’ admissions criteria, meaning that all candidates will have to be in good academic standing.
Oxford will not accept applicants who are not qualified to sit at the bar or in the profession, or who have not achieved a good GPA.
This includes those who have failed to achieve the highest mark of a 3.5 or higher in the law degree standard, and those who do not have at least a B-minus average in the subject.
However, the new guidelines do allow applicants who have a GPA of 2.5 to achieve a B+ in their subject area, and the Law school is encouraging them to continue to work hard in their area of study.
Many law graduates are being encouraged by Oxford to apply for their law degree earlier, as it will help them get a good score in their current year of law school.
The new law school admissions rules have also prompted some universities to introduce new requirements for admission for 2019.
This year, the Law Society of London is introducing new admissions requirements for 2019 and 2020, including that students must have a first class honours degree and be ‘fit to serve’ in the bar and in the civil service.
Applicants must also have an A-minus in their first year of study, and be a full-time student, with the equivalent of four years of study in the UK or Ireland.
The law society has also revised its admission criteria to reflect the fact that a large proportion of law students are still studying at a graduate level in 2019, rather than continuing at undergraduate level, as has been the case in previous years.
The Newham Law School, which is the first law school to introduce the new ‘law fit and proper’, has also published admissions guidelines for 2019 for both undergraduate and graduate levels.
These guidelines state that candidates who have ‘passed the bar’ must be able to demonstrate ‘a commitment to the profession and to the community’ and demonstrate ‘financial and personal responsibility’ to the bar.
It also states that the bar must have ‘a good reputation’ in relation to ‘the profession and its principles’.
The law school is also encouraging graduates to