Use of the personal statement for undergraduate law admissions

The request was successful.

Dear University College London,

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

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Thank you for your message.
If you have submitted a Freedom of Information request please accept this
email as acknowledgement that your request has been received. You should
expect a response from us within 20 working days.

For details on how we use your personal information, please see UCL's
general privacy
notice: [1]www.ucl.ac.uk/legal-services/privacy/general-privacy-notice
Data Protection & FOI
Legal Services
UCL

References

Visible links
1. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/legal-services/pri...

Finance.FOI Requests, University College London

Dear Samira

 

Apologies for the delay in response to your request.

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request.

 

We can confirm that we do hold information of the description specified in
your request and this information is provided below.

 

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;

 

-          The whole applicant is reviewed by the Admissions Officers and
Admissions Tutors. Once we have determined that you meet the academic
requirements, and that you have obtained a competitive LNAT score, your
application is then passed to an Admissions Tutor for consideration. The
Admissions Tutor will mark your LNAT essay. The essay part of the LNAT
provides academic selectors with a genuine example of a candidate’s own
written work and with an invaluable tool in assessing the applicant’s
writing skills and ability to formulate, develop and defend argument,
skills which are essential to undertaking legal studies. The essay
therefore carries considerable weight in the selection process at UCL.

 

-          An Admissions Tutor will consider all information provided in
your UCAS application. This includes academic history; the motivation
demonstrated towards studying law, extra-curricular activities, the
academic reference, the LNAT multiple-choice score and LNAT essay. We are
primarily looking for candidates that can demonstrate that they have the
necessary skills and aptitude for studying law.

 

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;

 

-          N/A – Because we do not use a marking criteria to review a
personal statement.

 

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

-          No

 

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

-          N/A

 

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).

-          N/A

 

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including
for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for
the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for
example by publishing or issuing copies to the public, will require the
permission of the copyright owner.

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, please email
[1][email address]. Emails should include the words ‘Internal
Review’ in the subject and be marked For the Attention of the Chief
Operating Officer, alternatively you should write to:

 

Chief Operating Officer

University College London

Gower Street

London

WC1E 6BT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner at the address given below.
You should do this within two months of our final decision. (Please note,
complaints and requests for internal review received more than two months
after the initial decision will not be handled.)

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me using the details
provided in this email and including the request reference number.

 

Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available from
the Information Commissioner’s Office:

 

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

 

01625 545700

[2]www.ico.org.uk

[3][email address]

 

Kind regards,

 

Hina Rashid

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Adviser

University College London

Legal Services

FOI: [4][UCL request email]

 

References

Visible links
1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.ico.org.uk/
3. mailto:[email address]
4. mailto:[UCL request email]