Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

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Dear University of Leeds,

I would like to request the following data about the admissions process for all of your undergraduate law degrees.

1. Whether a candidate's personal statement (which is submitted through UCAS) is considered by the admissions team when considering whether to give that candidate an offer;

If the personal statement is assessed by the admissions team:
2. A list of the marking criteria/factors that are considered by the admissions team when assessing the candidate's personal statement;
3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is given a score or grade of any kind;
4. The weighting attached to the aforementioned score or grade (e.g. 20%);
5. A list of personal statement scores given to offer holders who had applied for undergraduate study in law at your university in the 2018/2019 admissions cycle (and thus received offers for either 2019 direct entry or 2020 deferred entry).

Yours faithfully,

Samira El Amein

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Dear Samira

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 25 December 2019. 

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Dear Samira El Amein, 

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 25 December
2019 reference J/19/532.

 

Your request read:

 

“I would like to request the following data about the admissions process
for all of your undergraduate law degrees.

 

1. Whether a candidate's personal statement (which is submitted through
UCAS) is considered by the admissions team when considering whether to
give that candidate an offer;

 

If the personal statement is assessed by the admissions team:

2. A list of the marking criteria/factors that are considered by the
admissions team when assessing the candidate's personal statement;

3. Whether a candidate's personal statement is given a score or grade of
any kind;

4. The weighting attached to the aforementioned score or grade (e.g. 20%);

5. A list of personal statement scores given to offer holders who had
applied for undergraduate study in law at your university in the 2018/2019
admissions cycle (and thus received offers for either 2019 direct entry or
2020 deferred entry).”

 

The University of Leeds holds this information.

 

The University of Leeds assesses each Law application looking at the
predicted or achieved grades, the personal statement and the reference.
Personal Statement guidance to applicants is published at 4.5 in our
Admissions Policy (attached).

 

While the personal statement is an important part of the application
assessment we do not mark or grade in any way.

 

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Chloe Wilkins

Freedom of Information Officer

University of Leeds

 

  

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