SOP for Law in UK – Guidelines for Top Universities

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Feb 10, 2022 19:02 IST

Being among the top five study destinations for international students, the United Kingdom (UK) offers an impeccable set of programmes in the most sought-after domains. One such domain is Law. The popular Law schools of the UK require their international applicants to possess outstanding profiles. This requirement can be fulfilled with the help of an out-of-the-box Statement of Purpose (SOP). Let us discuss how to create impactful SOPs for Law courses.

SOP for Law in UK – Format and Tips

While writing your SOP for Law studies, you must discuss the following aspects:

  • Your motivation behind applying for a Law programme: You may start with discussing any incident that prompted you to take up law or start with your long-term goal for which you want to emerge as a professional lawyer.
  • Your legal interests: Discuss your interests and explain what keeps you captivated about the field.
  • Experience in legal practice: Describe your experiences both professional and academic, while sharing your learning. Talk about any publications, presentations, or conferences that you have attended or participated in. Share your strategies for wins and learnings from the losses.
  • Professional plans or goals after completing your Law degree: You should discuss how you plan your future with this degree and the scope of your professional life in the legal field that you have chosen to pursue.
  • Importance of this degree in achieving your goals: Write the importance of the Law programme and its modules that you are about to study while explaining how it will boost your career.
  • Role that the chosen Law school will play in your career: Discuss specific features of the Law school that attract you to study in that particular institution need to be discussed precisely.

SOP for Law in UK – Guidelines for Top Universities

UK Universities have specific requirements for SOPs by international Law aspirants. Some of these requirements by top UK universities are discussed below:

SOP for Law at the University of Oxford

  • Essays: Oxford requires 2 written essays (both are mandatory) - one as a personal statement and the other is to be written on a specific legal topic
  • Word limit: The SOP should be of at least 300 words and the legal written document should have 2000 words
  • The SOP must cover:
    • Reason for applying to the Oxford Law faculty
    • Academic background
    • Relevant work experience
    • Specific interest areas in the Law domain

Bonus: An SOP is a relatively less significant document at Oxford compared to the other aspects of candidature, including academic qualifications, references, and legal essays.

SOP for Law at King’s College, London (KCL)

  • Word limit: SOP must be wrapped up within 4000 characters, not exceeding 2 pages
  • The essay can be either directly written/typed on the online application form or uploaded as a separate document in PDF/Microsoft Word format alongside the application

Bonus: At KCL, there are no SOP prompts which makes writing SOP a little relaxed.

SOP for Law at the University of Edinburgh (ED)

  • Word limit: The SOP must be within 3500 characters (approximately 500 words), in one page only
  • Essay prompts: Either of the following prompts are specified by the university to formulate the essay/SOP:
    • Reason for choosing the program
    • Reason for choosing University of Edinburgh
    • Relevant experience, if any
    • Role of the program in your career development process

Pro tip: ED accepts SOPs only in formal English that is well-formulated with proper punctuations.

SOP for Law at the University of Birmingham

  • Word limit: A personal statement of nearly 5,000 characters must be submitted
  • The essay can be either directly written/typed on the online application form or uploaded as a separate document in PDF/Microsoft Word format alongside the application

SOP for Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

  • Word limit: The university does not mention any word limit but the SOP should be only one-page long
  • Essay prompts:
    • Reason behind choosing the particular Law program
    • Your future vision of using the teaching of this program

SOP for Law in UK – Dos and Don’ts

Before beginning to write, you might want to refer to the Dos and Don’ts in a Law SOP:



Link everything that your SOP mentions to the course of your choice in order to help the Ad Com to evaluate your passion for the subject

Mention any quote until it has had a profound impact on you and you can link it to a specific life lesson

Mention academic details relevant to Law; if you want to mention a subject from your academic history like Political Science, do a deep-rooted analysis of what theory or concept helps you connect it with Law

State your experiences as factual details; rather, bring out your learning from that particular experience, and tell the AdCom how it has helped you understand Law better

Conduct thorough research before writing an SOP for Law in the UK. You can mention books, authors, and concepts, rather than vague facts; this gives the reader an idea of your knowledge

Mention any extracurricular activity that is not connected to Law; try filtering what you write in this section by only mentioning achievements, awards or readings in the field of Law

Remember that UK admission portal, UCAS has a similarity detection service to find out plagiarized content; so, do not copy anyone’s personal statement

Forget to proofread your SOP a couple of times because grammatical and syntactical proficiency in the language is important for Law aspirants

Law aspirants planning to study in an international university may also refer to the following:

Happy writing!

About the Author
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert

Srishti has spent six years in the Education industry helping study abroad aspirants draft their application documents for their dream universities. Experienced in creating impressive SOP, LOR, and Essays, she knows... Read Full Bio


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