Applying through clearing to study Law
If you find yourself without a university place on A Level results day then don’t despair, you could still get into a top university by going through Clearing. The UCAS process of Clearing is a way of matching students without university places to universities with course vacancies and could open up possibilities that you hadn’t thought of.
You’ll be entered into Clearing automatically if you didn’t get the required grades for your course, weren’t made any offers, applied to university after 30th June 2017, or haven’t yet applied for university.
Clearing is a competitive process and you’ll only have from A Level results day, 17th August 2017, until 23rd October 2017 to get a place if you want to start university in September.
Law is also a highly competitive subject and a very limited number of places are released during Clearing so you’ll have to be prepared to get on the phone to universities as soon as you have your results.
Remember to have your UCAS information, personal statement, exam results, and any other relevant information to hand as you’ll need to give this to admissions staff.
You’ll also need to demonstrate to the admissions staff that you’re knowledgeable and passionate about your subject so it might be worth constructing an answer and having a list of bullet points in front of you when you call.
Think particularly about questions such as “Why do you want to study Law?” and “Why do you want to study at this university?” It’s your job to convince the university that you deserve a place more than the other people on the phone, so make your answer good!
If you don’t get a place during Clearing, try to be optimistic, there are other options. You might want to re-sit exams to improve your grades or organise a work experience placement to develop your skills.
Whatever you decide to do it’s important to be organised and have a plan. If you don’t get hold of a university the first time you call, keep trying, your efforts will be well worth it!