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How to write a successful UCAS application

To get a place to study a full-time undergraduate degree at The University of Law or any other university in the September 2018 intake, you’ll need to make an application through UCAS. The deadline for ULaw is 15th January 2018. Applications will stay open after this until the course is full.

University is a big decision, and you’ll have researched carefully which university and course is best for you by visiting Open Days, speaking to admissions teams, checking out prospectuses and the websites of your chosen institutions. It’s also important to check the entry requirements for each course.

What do we look for in an application?

We judge applications principally, but not exclusively, on academic ability. We will also evaluate your application using the following admissions criteria:

  • Good academic profile and achievement – demonstrated by actual or predicted grades
  • Academic references
  • Any extenuating circumstances you want taken into consideration
  • Your personal statement

Making your application 

You’ll need to create an account on the UCAS website. You can apply once per cycle. With your log in, fill in your personal details, choose your university and course, residential status, disability support requirements and your paid employment history if you have one.

To select ULaw, you’ll need to add our institution, campus and course codes. These can be found on our apply for a law degree page.

Don’t forget to get a reference from your teacher or advisor. This must be completed before you submit your application. Give plenty of time to your referee.

Qualifications or predicted grades

It’s important to add all your qualifications from secondary school onwards, including those you have had not the results for yet. There are no essential subjects to study law but we don’t accept A Level General Studies.

Personal statements

One of the most important sections in the UCAS application will be a personal statement. Writing one may seem a mountain to climb, but by staying calm and with a few simple steps it’s easier that you think.

  • Note down everything you want to talk about and then you can see if there is any information missing.
  • Show confidence and don’t sell yourself short. If you have achievements to mention, then put them down. You aren’t being boastful, you’re presenting yourself to the best of your ability.
  • Be original and be yourself. Don’t plagiarise someone else’s work.
  • Include your work experience. If you’ve spent some time in a law firm or other legal setting such as the courts, make sure you include that in your application. If your experience is elsewhere, you may be able to demonstrate transferable skills such as an understanding of business, communication or critical thinking.
  • Show us your enthusiasm for the law. Do you keep up-to-date with the latest legal news? You should also be clear why you wish to study the subject.
  • You’ll need to show us you’re making an informed decision.
  • Include information on your hobbies and interests to give us an idea of who you are.
  • Allow yourself time. By writing the statement at the last minute you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage.
  • Check your statement thoroughly. It shouldn’t contain any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.


The University of Law is a private institution and as such we differ slightly from other universities.

Your course fees can be paid either directly (self-funded students), or through a student loan (SLC funded students). UK & EU students starting in September 2018 with ULaw will benefit from a University Contribution to Fees. Learn more about our undergraduate course fees.

ULaw also offers bursaries and scholarships. To apply, you will need to have received an offer for one of our undergraduate courses.

Online i-LLB

ULaw has online i-LLBs and you don’t need to apply through UCAS, you can apply directly to the University.

Good luck and most of all, believe in yourself and make your UCAS application the best reflection of your achievements.

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