2 x 15-30 mins prep, 30 mins with interviewers, LNAT
15-30 mins to read some cases, statutes and questions about the cases and judgement, then I debated with the interviewers for half an hour
Reread my personal statement and the books I’d mentioned on it and kept up to date on the news, watched videos and read books on preparing for interviews, particularly at Oxbridge
Try to relax and enjoy your interviews as much as possible; the experience alone is an incredible achievement.
Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.
Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.
Test taken: National Admissions Test for Law (
Number of interviews: 2
Time between interviews: One day
Length of interviews: 15-30 mins prep, 30 mins with interviewers
Online interview: No
My interviews were predominantly academic; I was only asked two questions regarding my personal statement and GCSE grades. I was given 15-30 mins to read some cases, statutes and questions about the cases and judgement, then I debated with the interviewers for half an hour. Everything I said was challenged by the interviewers altering the context and scenario of each case. There is no right or wrong answer - the interviewers want to see how you think, so think aloud, and to see if you are adaptable and will change your judgement based on new evidence. It’s important to relax as much as you can, as nerves will just make the situation more stressful for you. Most interviewers understand this and will try to make you feel at ease. Try to crack a joke and don’t feel intimidated if one interviewer observes rather than speaks (they employed this tactic at my interview), or if you don’t have an answer to a question straight away. The interviews are supposed to push you as far as possible, academically.
I reread my personal statement and the books I’d mentioned on it and kept up to date on the news. I watched videos and read books on preparing for interviews, particularly at Oxbridge, and spoke to people I knew who had been through the interview process. However, there’s not much you can really do to prepare for a law interview at Oxford - the reading material will be given to you on the day.
Practise papers and
Start your application well before the deadline and read around your subject and personal statement - you may not be asked about most of it, but having a wider understanding of the subject shows you are truly invested in it, and this is what universities are looking for. Try to relax and enjoy your interviews as much as possible; the experience alone is an incredible achievement. Interviewers want to see how adaptable you are; they want to see how you think and whether you’re well-suited to small-group teaching, as this is the main form of tutoring at Oxbridge.