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Clearing Clinic FAQ: Your questions answered

We held a Clearing Clinic on Facebook Live to field any questions you had about the Clearing process and we had loads of queries come through. Our panel of ULaw experts got through a lot of questions and we want to make sure that if you missed it, you can still find the answers to those important Clearing questions. Here’s all of the FAQs that came through during our Clearing Clinic.

When do applications open?

Clearing applications for September 2021 open on 5 July 2021. 

If you’re looking at studying with us next year, as soon as our Clearing applications for 2021 close on 20 September, we’ll be accepting applications for September 2022.

Are there many spaces for Clearing?

We have spaces left on all our undergraduate courses currently. This can, and probably will, change quickly, so we recommend getting in early to make sure you still have the broadest range of options available to you.

What information will I need to have to hand when calling the Clearing hotline?

Prospective applicants will need to have the following things to hand when they call the clearing hotline on 0808 3019834 or speak to us on Live Chat:

  • UCAS ID number
  • GCSE Grades (will require GCSE English Language grade C or 4 for all courses, and Maths grade C or 4 only for Business, Policing Criminology)
  • A-Level or equivalent results

If you’re unsure whether you have the grades for your chosen course, call us so we can look into your personal circumstances.

I’ve been made an offer by another university but I’m thinking of applying to ULaw instead. Can I do this through Clearing?

Absolutely, you’re completely able to change your mind. We recommend that you call our Clearing hotline (0808 3019834) before declining any other offers that you may have, just to make sure that we can definitely offer you a place on the course that you want. Your next step will be to get released from your firm choice through UCAS and then adding ULaw as your Clearing choice. Be sure to also check the cancellation policy of whichever university you currently have an offer with too. It should be pretty straightforward but it’s always best to check.

Do I have to pay anything to apply through Clearing?

If you’re applying for one of our 3 or 4 year full-time courses you will need to submit your application through UCAS. For 2021 entry, the application fee is £20 for a single choice, or £26 for more than one choice. If you’re already on the UCAS system and adding an extra UCAS choice through Clearing then there isn’t a charge.

Is deferred entry something that ULaw offers through Clearing?

Yes, you can call our Clearing hotline (0808 3019834) and ask us to defer your entry. Deferred entry means that you will guarantee your place on the course but take a year out before starting it. So, if you defer your 2021 course to 2022, it means you’ll start in September 2022. It’s important to note that ULaw can only defer your entry for one year.

How can I fund my undergraduate course?

Most students will choose to take out a student loan for their undergraduate degree. As we’re a private institution, loan allowances for our students are a little different to other universities. We have comprehensive funding pages on our website for both law and business courses, each dedicated to going through all your options and how your loan and payments can work.

It’s also worth noting that we have a series of scholarships available for our law course too.

Do I need IELTS?

If you’re an international student and need a Visa to study with us, one of the requirements we have is an IELTS or equivalent qualification. You will need this to demonstrate a sufficient level of English Language understanding to ensure you’ll be able to follow the curriculum of the course. We ask all of our students to meet English Language requirements and there are several ways that this can be achieved. The score varies for each of our courses though, so to get full details on this you can see our entry requirements online or email study@law.ac.uk.

Are your campuses modern?

All of our campuses provide modern facilities but we have a variety of campuses across the country and their buildings vary greatly. Guildford, for example, is probably the most like a traditional university campus, with a collection of different buildings across 25 acres. The main building dates back to the 16th Century, so it has that classical English university feel to it, whereas others are more modern. Compare that to our London Bloomsbury or Leeds campuses and you’ll find quite a contrast; those campuses are right in the centre of the city in very modern buildings. You’ll be able to apply to any our campuses through Clearing and you can arrange to visit any of our campuses before you start your course to make sure that you’ll be happy to study there.

What if I’m not sure which campus I want to study at?

That’s fine. An offer that we make you is for the course. So long as both campuses run that specific course and there are spaces available at both, you can easily switch with a campus transfer request by talking to Admissions.

Is 42 too old to study law?

No way. We have mature students on almost every year of our undergraduate law degrees, so don’t ever think that age would be a hindrance to studying law. In fact, your broader life experience can mean that you actually bring more to classes and have great perspectives to diversify the active discussions we have.

Are students who come through Clearing treated any differently to other students who haven’t?

Absolutely not. Unless you choose to divulge that information, nobody would know. And we actively encourage our tutors and staff to keep all personal information like this entirely private. A tutor would never tell another member of staff or student about an individual’s circumstance.

What should I include in my personal statement?

If you are coming through Clearing you do not need to submit a personal statement, but if you are thinking of applying next year, there are a few key things that we can recommend including. Talk about what motivates you and why you are interested in studying law or business. What can really help here is if you have any particular experience or extra-curricular activities that you have been involved in during the lead up to your application to university that lend themselves to the legal profession. This can range from work experience to things you have observed or researched, such as visiting courtrooms to watch cases or regularly keeping up-to-date with legal news. If you enjoy acting, for example, that would be a good passion and skill to have as a barrister. Charity work demonstrates a desire to help people, which we see as a big motivator in a lot of our students.

Does it matter if I’m not sure whether I want to be a solicitor or a barrister?

At the undergraduate level, it really doesn’t matter if you know you want to be a solicitor or barrister or neither. All we want of our students is to come to study with us with an interest in law or business and an eagerness to find out more so you can make that decision with all the information you need. In fact, even if you’re not sure about becoming a lawyer, that’s fine too. A qualifying law degree is a great starter for moving into loads of different fields and there are plenty of brilliant professionals who specialise in fields completely unrelated to what they studied at undergraduate degree level. The same applies to our business degrees; you can easily take the skills learned on these courses and apply them to other fields.

What subjects do we learn about on the LLB?

Our LLB consists of seven foundation subjects, which are required to make it a qualifying law degree. These are crime, contract, tort, EU, equity, land and public law. You’ll also study some foundational work at the beginning of the course, looking at common law method and ethics – this is basically how our legal system works and how we make sure to work within it ethically and appropriately.

There are some academic and professional skills modules in there too; these focus on key skills that lawyers need, such as good writing and personal presentation skills.

Nearer the end of the course you get to make some module choices to tailor your education a bit. You can choose to focus in on areas that are of particular interest to you: employment, tax, criminal litigation, human rights or immigration.

Alongside these options, you will also have a few compulsory modules to take near the end of the course: actions, transactions and law of organisations. These help to bridge the gap between the foundational subjects and the ones you have chosen yourself so you can put them into a practical working context.

I want to be a criminal barrister – will the undergraduate law degree help with this?

Yes. Our LLB is a qualifying law degree so within the number of disciplines you study, you’ll study seven foundation subjects. This is sufficient for you to then go on to study the BPC, which is the postgraduate qualification you need to become a barrister.

We also offer a great selection of extra-curricular activities that can enhance your experience and skillset to becoming a barrister.

If my A Level grades aren’t the best but I study at ULaw will I be able to get a job at a Magic Circle firm?

This would be very dependent on each individual case. We know that Magic Circle firms do typically look for strong A Level or equivalent results but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t consider candidates with a well-built CV by other means. This can be achieved through developing those skills and experiences that our Employability Services team specialise in helping our students enhance. Combine this with excellent results during your degree and it’s likely that you would be able to overcome any difficulties that your earlier grades might have put in your way.

Can ULaw help students to get work experience?

Absolutely. We offer plenty of opportunities to get a variety of work experiences throughout your studies. The big one is pro bono – voluntary work assisting on active legal cases with loads of chances to get a taster of different elements of legal practice. This is great way of developing connections with law firms and chambers too, so we find a lot of students go on to get work experience within those firms or chambers.

The ULaw Employability Team also have access to a great database of jobs and short work experience opportunities, some of which can be paid. These can be admin or clerical work to give you great insights into what it’s like to work within a firm, helping you develop commercial awareness – another key skillset to enhance your employability.

I like the idea of being a practising lawyer but I’m nervous about having to read lots of books. Is it going to be a lot of books?

Not really, no. There is quite a lot of reading involved but we’ve designed the course to make sure that the reading you do is really targeted. It focuses on the things that matter, with most of the reading being either online or with downloadable documents. We also like to mix up the ways that materials are delivered, so there’s a lot of in-class active participation and videos to complement the reading. We always aim to give our students plenty of opportunity to apply what they have read in a practical environment.

Can I visit a campus before accepting my offer through Clearing?

Due to Covid-19 we will be running smaller face to face campus visits in August which will be available for prospective Clearing students. Once the details are confirmed, you will be able to book these on the events page.

In the meantime, you can attend one of our online Open Days:

  • Online Campus Open Day on 10th July 11-12.30pm
  • UG Open Day on 17th July 10-12.30pm

You can book either of these events on our events page.

We really recommend you attend one of these online open days to meet some of the tutors, staff and students to learn all you need to know about your chosen course. You can also get a feel for your future campus by going on a virtual tour. Tours of our GuildfordLondon Bloomsbury and London Moorgate campuses are available now, and tours of our other campuses will be available shortly on the individual campus pages.

If you are considering a campus away from home, we also recommend researching the new town you will be living in to make sure it can provide everything you need.

And don’t forget our top tips…

  • Stay calm
  • Take your time and be sure you make the right decision for you
  • Try to arrange an online open day so you know you’ll be happy where you choose to study
  • Interact. Don’t just wonder alone. Ask questions and get interactive to find out what you need to know

 

Want to know more about Clearing? Visit our dedicated Clearing webpage for more information.