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    I got this from CC and found it rather interesting. Maybe a food for thought for those struggling between a local vs overseas dilemma? Taken from http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/...ht=singaporean..

    It's rather interesting; I have encountered numerous citations from weblogs, read through confession posts from students being admitted into these very institutions themselves, and they all seem to agree on the lackluster to average academic experience in the faculties. I know I'm threading on thin ice here. For those who are interested in reading more, PM me.

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    NUS Medicine is a solid school. Seriously, the students and the professors distinguish themselves abroad, be it in international competitions, tenure or the like. But uh, as for social life, it will be there, albeit on a pretty limited scale. I have tons of friends in NUS Med and well they STUDY AND MUG VERY HARD. And I've known ppl (like Army scholars) who, at the time of this posting, have repeated years already (this is a disaster if they were aspiring to be specialists) If you like that, as many do, by all means apply. But it's all about the fit.

    Ok, now for Law, I don't know (can anyone substantiate this?) but it appears that the Law school has declined a little. The entry requirements are no longer as stringent (3 As minimum now, in the past, 4 As was like the bare minimum) and as for the rest, I don't know. I'm clueless when it comes to Law, although I have friends there as well, I've never asked them about uh...these sensitive issues.

    For FASS, one word: YUCKS. The school itself is not just made up of course offerings, internships, possiblity of global competitions, exceptional students which are exceptions, and the like. The standard is just not there. Someone whom I did National Service with was complaining bitterly about the abysmal entry requirements of NUS FASS. Apparently, this guy who had er CCDO from A levels got in. And well, as an English professor from NUS pointed out, he's kind of gotten tired of teaching hordes who aren't really interested in doing more than the bare minimum, and uh, he mentioned that many are those who got in FASS with grades in the region of CCCC. This is not where NUS FASS wants to go if it genuinely wants to better itself.

    But does the fault lie with NUS? Absolutely not. They need students, they need diversity, and they need recognition. The problem I have is with the paper chase in Singapore, as so many in this thread rightly pointed out. The polytechnics in Singapore offer awesome courses now, I mean, there's nursing, chemical pharmacy, robotics and GOSH SO MANY course offerings, and the standard of students there is rising because more are recognizing that the relic of the A level system just doesn't work in preparing ppl for the job market anymore. The poly's have changed and adapted their educational offerings in response to changing conditions, and well the JC (Junior College) have lagged behind somewhat. But now, it's also good that they are offering IB, US Diplomas, and other augmentations to the A Level. I think for many ppl, a polytechnic diploma will do wonders for them instead of trying desperately to get a degree for the sake of getting it. My cousin got a Econ degree from NUS and she couldn't find a job after that for almost 1 year. Employers rather see honors from highly regarded and admittedly, highly recognized (in the objective sense, please) UK (LSE, UCL, OX, CAM, Warwick) or US (Michigan, Berkeley, HYPMS, CMU, U Penn, and other Ivies) or China (Bei Da, Nan Da etc) universities.

    Am I blaming the students? Am I looking down on them? No. I just think they'd be happier and a lot more successful elsewhere. Heck, I think that many can become more successful than me in the future! But NUS is an academic institution. Most in Singapore have already forgotten that. The really victimized people of this dash for paper are the myriad of really good students who are really serious about getting a liberal arts education in NUS (and the unfortunate ones who just couldn't get a government scholarship to go overseas) but arrive at campus to see a largely academic disinterested student body who prefer to go to Cafe Del Mar or Zouk rather than spend time discussing more about their major. The environment counts, and it is a fact that the school is largely a function of its students (think: Harvard, think: Oxford, heck think: RJC), even if the teachers and professors are at times downright disappointing.

    The computer science and the engineering schools are ok. Nothing more to say (sorry OP)

    Life in NUS, to answer bigb, really depends on which school you go to. Chances are, if you go to FASS, you'll party and do sports a lot more. If you go to Medicine, you'll study like mad all year. If you go to Law, you'll have loads of free time when they are no exams, but uh, prepare to exorcise exercise, hangin' out, beach, computer games, whatever, because the only things you'll be "hanging" with are mountains of law books. Again, Engin and Computer Science - I'm not aware. Great if someone from Engin or CS could comment.

    As for prestige, please don't believe the Times Higher Education Supplement.
    They base their rankings on international diversity (no doubt augmented by very good students from places like India coming over) and China and other places. This methodology is questionable at best. And as for how frequently professors publish papers, it is a reflection of the graduate school most of the time and not the quality of teaching. And library volumes as a criteria? Give me a break.

    So, if you want to go to NUS, by all means go ahead, if you think it fits you well. But don't count on its supposed prestige, or its vaunted...rankings (or is it ranking?), or its ludicrous publicity stunts like the NUS Business School advert (Singaporeans you'll know what I mean...NUS Biz OVER WHARTON??!! BWAHAHAHAHA).
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Haha, I'm just looking through some.. Who knows i might just apply to a couple in a spur of a moment? UC berkeley , CMU, and caltech maybe? Did u get offers from any?
    US apps - spur of the moment? you are one brave man melson.hahah, yeah but my emphasis was on UK more than US. i was just trying to open up more options, but i'd rather pursue law so turned down the US ones.

    anyway, got offers from Dartmouth, Cornell and Georgetown. but nah, decided not to pursue international relations/economic policy&management.
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Haha, I'm just looking through some.. Who knows i might just apply to a couple in a spur of a moment? UC berkeley , CMU, and caltech maybe? Did u get offers from any?
    hey dude..no offence man but with AAB its quite a long shot to get into any of these unis which u have mentioned. these unis are many tiers above even the best unis london can offer.
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    (Original post by yonanz)
    hey dude..no offence man but with AAB its quite a long shot to get into any of these unis which u have mentioned. these unis are many tiers above even the best unis london can offer.
    caltech is maybe a far reach. but i think berkeley is attainable with a pretty redeeming SAT I and II scores for his B in AAB. US apps arent as rigid as UK, but yes due to its less emphasis on your home country's examination grades, ECs/essays/references and SATs become doubly important. less rigid (ie A-levels scores) with more chances, but highly rigorous with apps process.

    i wont put CMU and berkeley above Imperial personally (for sciences/engineering). only caltech seems 'many tiers' above. and dont you think LSE is on par with Haas (berkeley), albeit differing on curriculum and emphasis (it was the only common comparison i could find).

    and US apps are even less predictable than UK apps, so i dont think your.. prediction of melson getting into those universities without knowing his SAT grades or with just his AAB, are a tad uncalled for.
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    (Original post by yonanz)
    hey dude..no offence man but with AAB its quite a long shot to get into any of these unis which u have mentioned. these unis are many tiers above even the best unis london can offer.
    Hmm, on what professed basis do you base these predictions on? You haven't seen my extra-curricula involvements to start with? With all due respect, I don't think you even know enough about US apps to make such comments man! Sorry! Have you considered picking up the art of nuance-ing?

    To clarify things up here, anyone worth his salt would understand that applications to the US are considered holistically, and the academic transcript, by any measure, is just another piece of information they take into consideration, and by no means is it of greater importance than the essays, recommendations and SAT I and II scores.
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Hmm, on what professed basis do you base these predictions on? You haven't seen my extra-curricula involvements to start with? With all due respect, I don't think you even know enough about US apps to make such comments man! Sorry! Have you considered picking up the art of nuance-ing?

    To clarify things up here, anyone worth his salt would understand that applications to the US are considered holistically, and the academic transcript, by any measure, is just another piece of information they take into consideration, and by no means is it of greater importance than the essays, recommendations and SAT I and II scores.
    chill chill,i already said no offence. u can go ahead and apply, after all, its ur money, ur time, no one gonna stop u if u want to..im just offering advice out of good faith. ur wrong in saying that i have no exp in us application. i have applied to -and was rejected by - brown, dartmouth, umich, nyu,berkeley, ucla and Uva.

    im a 2006 class with 3 years of experience in application matters. on what "professional basis" do i base my predictions on? i dont really understand the "professional" part. but for a start, all the people i know [including some of my closest friends] who got into carnegie and berkeley have outstanding a level result, putting extra academic aside. by outstanding i mean 4 As with distinctions in S papers[as it was known then, nowknown as the H3]. You really no idea how many people with straight distinction from top JCs apply to those schools you have mentioned, and how high the rejection rate is.

    caltech is immensely difficult to get into, and people whom i know who got into it are mostly olympiad champ material [with multiple distinctions in H3] or dsta/a star scholars. berkeley is slightly less selective but still admissions rate is around a paltry 20%, v low compared to UK standards but still high as compared to schools like yale, harvard (less than 10%) MIT(10%) etc.

    look man. i dont mean to dampen ur hopes. but AAB is average compared to applicants who are applying to those type of schools you aspire to. i have these grades too and after 3 yrs of applications here and there - followed by multiple rejections - i have a fair idea of where i stand. of course, ur right in that i have little idea of ur cca achievement. if u were a college debator, or a national science runner up, maybe that would tilt the balance a little, but otherwise, i really hate to say this, but the chance of getting into caltech, berkeley or any other unis in these leagues will be rather low.

    if u want to study in the states, i can suggest some other unis who are easier to get into and pretty good too. UC san diego, USC, cwr...

    that said, dont let what i have said discourage u
    from applying. as i have mentioned previously, never try, never know. who knows if u get in then u could shove it right into my face yea.. i wish u all the best
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    (Original post by gi.)
    caltech is maybe a far reach. but i think berkeley is attainable with a pretty redeeming SAT I and II scores for his B in AAB. US apps arent as rigid as UK, but yes due to its less emphasis on your home country's examination grades, ECs/essays/references and SATs become doubly important. less rigid (ie A-levels scores) with more chances, but highly rigorous with apps process.

    i wont put CMU and berkeley above Imperial personally (for sciences/engineering). only caltech seems 'many tiers' above. and dont you think LSE is on par with Haas (berkeley), albeit differing on curriculum and emphasis (it was the only common comparison i could find).

    and US apps are even less predictable than UK apps, so i dont think your.. prediction of melson getting into those universities without knowing his SAT grades or with just his AAB, are a tad uncalled for.
    read my post below. i undesrtand where u all are coming from, and i hate to say discouraging remarks, but i rather take a practical and honest approach the]an to whitewash.

    everyone knows the whole holistic application process thingy, but just based on my personal experience and alot of my peers throughout my 3 years of application processs, i can safely say that with the kind of grades it will be quite hard to get in. like it or not, this is the conclusion i have reached based on my observation and experience. usa international selections is notoriously tough with v low admissions rate, so whatever you do, just bear this in mind. and i hope that you can apply with this premise in mind.
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Hmm, on what professed basis do you base these predictions on? You haven't seen my extra-curricula involvements to start with? With all due respect, I don't think you even know enough about US apps to make such comments man! Sorry! Have you considered picking up the art of nuance-ing?

    To clarify things up here, anyone worth his salt would understand that applications to the US are considered holistically, and the academic transcript, by any measure, is just another piece of information they take into consideration, and by no means is it of greater importance than the essays, recommendations and SAT I and II scores.
    K being a 2010 applicant I haven't really got much to say. But I do personally know of a close friend who got in to Michigan based purely on his personal statements, references etc cuz he got his offer confirmed before the release of the A level results. Plus he was in my school's computer club, so CCA was anything but fabulous. And from what he told me he said he did average for his SAT, though I have no idea what he means by average cuz I didn't ask. So yup, there you go, the US apps is definitely way more holistic.

    And I was wondering, why the general hype over London universities?
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    (Original post by yonanz)
    chill chill,i already said no offence. u can go ahead and apply, after all, its ur money, ur time, no one gonna stop u if u want to..im just offering advice out of good faith. ur wrong in saying that i have no exp in us application. i have applied to -and was rejected by - brown, dartmouth, umich, nyu,berkeley, ucla and Uva.

    im a 2006 class with 3 years of experience in application matters. on what "professional basis" do i base my predictions on? i dont really understand the "professional" part. but for a start, all the people i know [including some of my closest friends] who got into carnegie and berkeley have outstanding a level result, putting extra academic aside. by outstanding i mean 4 As with distinctions in S papers[as it was known then, nowknown as the H3]. You really no idea how many people with straight distinction from top JCs apply to those schools you have mentioned, and how high the rejection rate is.

    caltech is immensely difficult to get into, and people whom i know who got into it are mostly olympiad champ material [with multiple distinctions in H3] or dsta/a star scholars. berkeley is slightly less selective but still admissions rate is around a paltry 20%, v low compared to UK standards but still high as compared to schools like yale, harvard (less than 10%) MIT(10%) etc.

    look man. i dont mean to dampen ur hopes. but AAB is average compared to applicants who are applying to those type of schools you aspire to. i have these grades too and after 3 yrs of applications here and there - followed by multiple rejections - i have a fair idea of where i stand. of course, ur right in that i have little idea of ur cca achievement. if u were a college debator, or a national science runner up, maybe that would tilt the balance a little, but otherwise, i really hate to say this, but the chance of getting into caltech, berkeley or any other unis in these leagues will be rather low.

    if u want to study in the states, i can suggest some other unis who are easier to get into and pretty good too. UC san diego, USC, cwr...

    that said, dont let what i have said discourage u
    from applying. as i have mentioned previously, never try, never know. who knows if u get in then u could shove it right into my face yea.. i wish u all the best
    Never knew you were an applicant to US colleges too. I hope u understand what I'm basing on when i said 'on what professed basis do you base your predictions on'. Your short reply, citing my grades will be a long shot, gives me the idea that you seem to base your predictions on grades alone, and for once i thought you were misguided. Now that things are clarified, cool. My definition of 'professed' in my earlier was not meant to include any professional elements in it, but rather to formalise things since you seem to openly qualify yourself as someone capable of assessing one's chance in US and UK admission. By any chance, yes, I was doubtful of you. Did you get accepted into any?

    As for me not knowing the rejecting rate and the fact that even applicants with science olympiad medals getting rejected, I would be inclined to challenge it, but i'll look at it in another light; additional pieces of information that stems from your goodwill and sincerity, intangibles that, albeit faintly, seem shine through.

    Actually i'd put people getting into harvard annually from singapore in the range of <2%, MIT and Yale <5%, especially I see the countless rejections from people all around. Still, thank you very much for sharing your nuggets of wisdom. Btw, do you really think the US universities such as the aforementioned ones are really tiers above the UK ones?
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    (Original post by yonanz)
    read my post below. i undesrtand where u all are coming from, and i hate to say discouraging remarks, but i rather take a practical and honest approach the]an to whitewash.

    everyone knows the whole holistic application process thingy, but just based on my personal experience and alot of my peers throughout my 3 years of application processs, i can safely say that with the kind of grades it will be quite hard to get in. like it or not, this is the conclusion i have reached based on my observation and experience. usa international selections is notoriously tough with v low admissions rate, so whatever you do, just bear this in mind. and i hope that you can apply with this premise in mind.
    It's perfectly fine to be frank and honest. My only grouse is that the anecdotes that you put across came across rather harshly, in a good sense definitely. Arguably, your candidness may be one quality you pride yourself for in reality, that which I have no idea since i do not know you. However, if you're sincere abt helping your fellow countrymen by giving them a realistic picture, do consider nuance-ing your words? It isn't hypocritical or lying even in the least form; you're merely telling the truths in a less direct and, and may i use this word, offensive manner. Not everyone is that accepting of the way you put things across, as evident in in your post. Think about it?
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Never knew you were an applicant to US colleges too. I hope u understand what I'm basing on when i said 'on what professed basis do you base your predictions on'. Your short reply, citing my grades will be a long shot, gives me the idea that you seem to base your predictions on grades alone, and for once i thought you were misguided. Now that things are clarified, cool. My definition of 'professed' in my earlier was not meant to include any professional elements in it, but rather to formalise things since you seem to openly qualify yourself as someone capable of assessing one's chance in US and UK admission. By any chance, yes, I was doubtful of you. Did you get accepted into any?

    As for me not knowing the rejecting rate and the fact that even applicants with science olympiad medals getting rejected, I would be inclined to challenge it, but i'll look at it in another light; additional pieces of information that stems from your goodwill and sincerity, intangibles that, albeit faintly, seem shine through.

    Actually i'd put people getting into harvard annually from singapore in the range of <2%, MIT and Yale <5%, especially I see the countless rejections from people all around. Still, thank you very much for sharing your nuggets of wisdom. Btw, do you really think the US universities such as the aforementioned ones are really tiers above the UK ones?
    alrights, peace out..

    ok, i must admit that comparison between usa and uk is highly subjective and debatable. it more boils down to which system you actually prefer, rather than which system is 'better than' the other. if you ask me, i would grab an offer to study in any one of these US schools in a heartbeat. Its just my personal preference. i like their system of flexibility [have friends in duke,brown etc who are taking courses ranging from philo to engine to computing etc] and i like their culture. but if u wanna do am objective comparison, then its extremely hard because there are too many factors at work. in any case, i would say that oxbridge, lse, ucl are all pretty excellent unis and you cant go wrong with either of them.

    those figures u have quoted is right in the context of international applicants esp singapore.
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    Hi guys. Sorry to interrupt your hot debate ..but i've got a bit of a problem.

    I'm a postgrad student here and my studies officially end on the 30th of Sept 2009.. I'm planning to stay on till my student visa expires on the 30th of Jan 2010. My results will be officially released in January as well.

    The thing is, i'm visiting Singapore on the 17th of September (when i submit my thesis), till the mid of Oct. Will i face any issues with immigration on re-entry to the UK in Oct? I heard a few of my friends from China say that they encountered questions from the officers asking them why they were returning back to the UK after their studies were officially over- this despite the fact that they still has a valid student visa.

    Any opinions on this? Anyone else experienced this situation? Would love to hear from you!:confused:
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm planning to study Law in UK (applying for deferred entry in 2011) so I guess I need some help here, particularly from the law students.

    The choices that I have in mind are Durham, Bristol, Warwick, Exeter and Sheffield. I would like to ask for your opinions regarding the choices; do you think I should make any changes? It would also be great if you can let me know how the student life over there is like.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by jingyao)
    Hi everyone,

    I'm planning to study Law in UK (applying for deferred entry in 2011) so I guess I need some help here, particularly from the law students.

    The choices that I have in mind are Durham, Bristol, Warwick, Exeter and Sheffield. I would like to ask for your opinions regarding the choices; do you think I should make any changes? It would also be great if you can let me know how the student life over there is like.

    Thanks!
    Not really a law student, but i guess a law aspirant would do as well?

    Your choices would need to be based on your academic results, since the UK unis are very academic orientated. Are you from a JC or a poly btw?
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    Not really a law student, but i guess a law aspirant would do as well?

    Your choices would need to be based on your academic results, since the UK unis are very academic orientated. Are you from a JC or a poly btw?
    Hi, I am from poly. Actually, I am more concern about LNAT since I have seniors who have gotten into the abovementioned unis and my poly results are either the same or better than theirs. Apart from the LNAT issue, I hope to make sure that I will at least choose the correct universities. Would love to hear any advice from you Do you happen to be applying for deferred entry in 2011 as well?
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    (Original post by jingyao)
    Hi, I am from poly. Actually, I am more concern about LNAT since I have seniors who have gotten into the abovementioned unis and my poly results are either the same or better than theirs. Apart from the LNAT issue, I hope to make sure that I will at least choose the correct universities. Would love to hear any advice from you Do you happen to be applying for deferred entry in 2011 as well?
    I'm presuming you took a diploma in law from temasek poly?

    I was rather afraid of the LNAT just months back. Read some challenging articles, read critically and don't allow your mind to wander off while doing that, and I'm sure you'll be able to understand each passage in the first reading. The universities you mentioned are pretty decent ones, however if you're intending to practice law, I think it's better to get those reputed ones. The likes of warwick, bristol, nottingham, you see my drift? You chose couple of respected ones, couple as safeties; you should be able to get into at least one, so no worries. How's your GPA anw? If it's higher than 3.88, you may want to try the london ones? As for the student life and the general atmosphere of the universities, i think it'd be better if you post in the relevant university forum in TSR. Bristol from what I know, is a small city, with adequate green patches to provide some escapade from the hustle and bustle. Good nightlife maybe? Warwick is situated in the open, hence the reputation of being rather isolated and boring at night. However, warwick is an upcoming powerhouse and fast.

    Yes, submitted my application for deferred entry in 2011.
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    (Original post by melsonchun)
    I'm presuming you took a diploma in law from temasek poly?

    I was rather afraid of the LNAT just months back. Read some challenging articles, read critically and don't allow your mind to wander off while doing that, and I'm sure you'll be able to understand each passage in the first reading. The universities you mentioned are pretty decent ones, however if you're intending to practice law, I think it's better to get those reputed ones. The likes of warwick, bristol, nottingham, you see my drift? You chose couple of respected ones, couple as safeties; you should be able to get into at least one, so no worries. How's your GPA anw? If it's higher than 3.88, you may want to try the london ones? As for the student life and the general atmosphere of the universities, i think it'd be better if you post in the relevant university forum in TSR. Bristol from what I know, is a small city, with adequate green patches to provide some escapade from the hustle and bustle. Good nightlife maybe? Warwick is situated in the open, hence the reputation of being rather isolated and boring at night. However, warwick is an upcoming powerhouse and fast.

    Yes, submitted my application for deferred entry in 2011.
    You are right, I graduated with a diploma in law from temasek poly

    Thanks for the tip on LNAT! I will definitely try your method of preparation. So far, I've been practising the LNAT MCQs on the guidebook and my results are rather disappointing

    My GPA is higher than 3.88 but I am not trying the London unis as it's too expensive to go there. Both the school fees and living costs are much higher than the other unis. With the London Unis, Cambridge and Oxford out of my reach, I guess the better ones that come next are Durham, Bristol, Nottingham and Warwick. I had initially intended to put Nottingham in my choices as well; however, after reading about the crime rates there, I am somewhat reluctant in choosing it. Furthermore, I am not confident of my LNAT; in the event that I score really badly in it, I would have little chance to get into 3 of my choices (supposing I chose Nottingham). That would leave me with Warwick and Sheffield. Taking the worst case scenario, if Warwick also rejects my application, I'll only be left with Sheffield. This is why I've chosen Exeter instead of Nottingham (Exeter's law school is not that bad according to both Times and Guardian's ranking) since it will give me two safeties instead of just one.

    Anyway, London Unis don't really require GPA of more than 3.88 as I have friends who have gotten lower than that and were offered places in Kings College and Queen Mary.

    I'm hoping to practice law after coming back and having checked the Legal Profession Act and Legal Profession Rules, I felt that as long as you graduate from a qualified university it should be alright. Perhaps if you are intending to work in the bigger law firms in Singapore then the reputation of the university might be more relevant? That's just my wild guess anyway...

    BTW, don't mind me asking, why are you not choosing to study in NUS Law school instead of going overseas?
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    (Original post by jingyao)
    Hi everyone,

    I'm planning to study Law in UK (applying for deferred entry in 2011) so I guess I need some help here, particularly from the law students.

    The choices that I have in mind are Durham, Bristol, Warwick, Exeter and Sheffield. I would like to ask for your opinions regarding the choices; do you think I should make any changes? It would also be great if you can let me know how the student life over there is like.

    Thanks!
    That's a good range of choices, actually, with Exeter and Sheffield probably being your safety nets. Durham and Bristol probably have equally good reputations in the UK (although Bristol seems to have a slight edge in Singapore - people don't really seem to know much about Durham I find). I'm not sure about Warwick as it was only just recently added to the list of universities from which law degrees are recognised in Singapore, but have heard that student life there is pretty good, cosmopolitan and all.

    All the best with your application!
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    (Original post by kerrycsl)
    That's a good range of choices, actually, with Exeter and Sheffield probably being your safety nets. Durham and Bristol probably have equally good reputations in the UK (although Bristol seems to have a slight edge in Singapore - people don't really seem to know much about Durham I find). I'm not sure about Warwick as it was only just recently added to the list of universities from which law degrees are recognised in Singapore, but have heard that student life there is pretty good, cosmopolitan and all.

    All the best with your application!
    Thanks so much for your advice My lecturer did tell me the same thing about Bristol being better known among employers in Singapore as compared to Durham. However, Durham seems to appeal to me for some reasons (probably the fact that it's a relatively quiet place with nice sceneries) so I decided to put it into my choices. Once again, thanks!
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    (Original post by jingyao)
    Thanks so much for your advice My lecturer did tell me the same thing about Bristol being better known among employers in Singapore as compared to Durham. However, Durham seems to appeal to me for some reasons (probably the fact that it's a relatively quiet place with nice sceneries) so I decided to put it into my choices. Once again, thanks!
    Hi, I've looked through ur choices. they seemed pretty alright to me, but i suggest you talk to more people to find out about the unis you have chosen. i got this feeling u based ur choices more on gut feeling and intuition.

    for example, i would not advice that you strike london unis out. i think its a great waste if u could get into kcl or even ucl and lse for that matter but choose not to, for the simple reason that if u want to study overseas, aim for the best. to many people, london might seem like an expensive place to study, but it really is not so. the overall cost of living can be brought down to comparable levels that of non london unis. i would suggest for you tp spend just that extra wee bit of money for an legal education at king's and that london experience.

    with regards to your choices, i think you should add nottingham in. as someone who has done internship in local law firms, i believe i have a fairly good idea of the kind of schools most lawyers have come from. aside from oxbridge and london schools, many of our lawyers are graduates of nottingham and bristol. these 2 unis are the predominant non london supplier of sg lawyers. go to any of the big firms website. rajah adn tann has a 5-6 notts lawyer at least, same for a and g, and we even have senior counsel and a district judge from notts. bristol is also quite a popular choice. go to wongpartnership and u see a good mix of bristol and notts graduates. i think with ur results, u should have zero problem getting into bristol notts or warwick. no worries there. there is no need for u to add so many safeties. i can assure you that sheffield and exeter sure take u in, confirm chop stamp, so just choose one. this is of course based on u telling me that u got more than 3.88 gpa.

    imo, the better choice will be :kcl, nott,bristol, warwick exeter.
    u can repalce durham with warwick if u want...imo durham is not a popular choice for sgreans. its a top sch in the uk no doubt, but relatively unknown of outside the uK. plus not many graduates in sg from there...and decide u really want to study in that place. all the best!
 
 
 
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