(Original post by nate23)
I am in the exact same situation of you atm, albeit with a slightly different course, with the same questions. Luckily I was able to get some insight about the LSE from sources that I trusted.
One source was one of my referees, a professor at my undergraduate university in the US. As a reference, he took an MSc course in philosophy during the mid to late 90s. He had a few things to say about the LSE. One, it was his opinion that you should stay in the realm of economics and political science courses because some of the other MScs were sloppily thrown together. Two, similar to some of the posters above, he felt that professor-student contact was limited. Three, career networking opportunities were outstanding. Granted, this was during the 90s when economic opportunities were generally sunnier. However, he was shocked at how many banks offered him jobs with his irrelevant/impractical philosophy degree.
Second source was a former professor at LSE, now professor at another London uni. This contact was facilitated by the source above and I was assured that he knew this person well and that they would not attempt to sell me on the LSE. This source was very enthusiastic about the LSE. Similar to above, they mentioned excellent career networking, the accessibility to industry available in London, and the intellectual stimulation available at LSE. Overall, her opinion was that the LSE was a good option but it depended on my alternatives. In my case, as an American, she hinted that if I was choosing between the LSE and SIPA or Fletcher, it might be a better choice to stay in the States. However, my only other offer was Cambridge, which she told me did not compare to the LSE in terms of career opportunities outside of the UK. Another important piece of information that this person brought up is below:
"It is an excellent program and of course the biggest thing one
takes away are the connections to a very dynamic community of
colleague-students who are bound to go on and be key players in the
professional world of international affairs. It is hard to put a price
tag on this."
I think it matters that you want to work after this degree. It is a different story if you thought you might want a PhD. Also I think the above information is useful in this thread because it is offered by established members in Academia in your subject area. Of course since they are professors, they may be isolated from some of the dissatisfaction among current students.
Ultimately, I'm sure the LSE is like any other university... if you don't do internships, network, go to career fairs, hound professors for recommendations, then you won't do well. You have to work to stand out and an LSE MSc won't be enough, especially now.