My daughter was rejected a 2nd time from LSE, Oxford, UCL for undergraduate law. We're from B.C. (a common law province), Canada (where law is only an
undergraduate degree), and knew that overseas applicants have lower admissions chances. English is our native language.
I've never seen her so severely dashed and saddened. She says she's so, not as she was rejected, but as her rejections imply being too half-witted to be a lawyer. Thus her goal is to boost her intelligence and other skills to excel as a lawyer.
The usual positive platitudes appear phony, on how great students can shine at any other university or univ. don't matter. Even if her remaining 2 UCAS choices accept her, she'll probably decline as they're too shoddy.
Feedback (from this year's Oxford Law Tutors who interviewed her), approximates that of a different Oxford College last year where she was interviewed and rejected too:
Based on your strong grades, we decided to offer you an interview.
During your interview, you expressed your interest in law articulately. Yet unfortunately, compared to other candidates, you could not grasp the important distinctions that we were trying to draw in the legal material, and to evince sufflcient flexibility of thought. You do not appear teachable, as your answers were inflexible and too focussed on spotting every minute issue. You spoke at great length, but with no sense of the larger issues.
But as a parent who knows nothing of law, how can I help? These skills don't appear easy to learn.