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    I've applied for Law for 2010-2012 on UCAS and I've received offers from SOAS, Bristol, Southampton and Sussex (Exeter still hasn't replied).

    My choices are SOAS and Bristol, but I'm not too sure which one to make firm or insurance. Before, my choice was really SOAS but Bristol is probably a better choice in terms of uni ranking.

    In an analogy of friends, Bristol is my posh popular friend who I don't really have anything major in common with but we get along well, plus I'd be able to network and have useful friends/contacts to help me up when I graduate. SOAS however, I feel like we get along great and a lot more interesting. SOAS is in London which will be a riot and already friends with my friends (I know people there and around) and ready to help out. However, SOAS won't be able to help me up as much as Bristol after my degree, but I feel like I'll be happier there for the next 3 years.
    If that makes any sense. :woo:

    Course wise,

    Bristol
    +Higher in the rankings
    +More reputable school, better known
    +More module choice
    +Ability to transfer to Law with a year abroad/ placement in japan for a year
    +Better facilities, has a School of Law (specialised)
    -in Bristol. (Compared to London, plus I've been there a few times. Not that great)
    -I don't really see myself being happy there



    SOAS

    +smaller school, more liberal arts college than the big uni which is Bristol
    +Modules are different and more towards what I'm leaning towards(global international relations type, not settling into English law)
    +Part of the UoL. Third year students get to do modules offered by LSE/King's/UCL/Birkbeck/Queen Mary(?) if they don't want the courses offered by SOAS.
    +Can you a year in Japan (not that I fancy it)
    +in London
    +I have friends in London
    -Does not specialise in Law. The Law department will probably be dwarfed by the Japanese dept.
    -Apparently their social life is very DIY
    -Another negative aspect is that apparently the admin office is seriously disorganized
    -I'm probably gonna get stabbed in London
    -Lower in ranking


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    Any help seriously appreciated!!!
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    You seem to have your pros and cons pretty much sussed. I would choose Bristol as rank is important for Law but SOAS has a cool union/social scene (last time I went-people play bongos!)
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    Yeah I kind of know it in the back of my head I should really choose Bristol but I really really wish the School of Law for Bristol is planted in SOAS then all my problems are solved!
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    Hmm, it really sounds like you would be happier at SOAS, also keep in mind; London is a great place to start making contacts within law, with all the firms situated within the city.
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    I would pick SOAS on any day. I actually got an offer to study law at soas last year so a did a ton of research. Career-wise, soas might not be the strongest of the two but many law firms ( incl MC and top US firms) actually go there to advertise + you might be able to go to the law fairs of other UoL unis. The llb is pretty solid and judging from their entry requirements they've become a hell of a lot more stringent. I barely missed their offer last year but I was still rejected.
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    Sorry that you got rejected, but you might be right on that front. My offer for SOAS is AAA while Bristol is AAB eventhough I had to do LNAT for that. Good luck on your UCAS ap!

    Still, I'm scared to trade 3 years with possibly worse prospects in my degree. And if I go to SOAS, I'll spend the rest of my life saying "Oh I did my degree in SOAS. Not SoASS, SOAS. School of Oriental and African Studies. It's in London. Look it up."

    oh WHY DID I NOT APPLY TO UCL AND OXFORD!!!
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    (Original post by Amirahaha)
    Sorry that you got rejected, but you might be right on that front. My offer for SOAS is AAA while Bristol is AAB eventhough I had to do LNAT for that. Good luck on your UCAS ap!

    Still, I'm scared to trade 3 years with possibly worse prospects in my degree. And if I go to SOAS, I'll spend the rest of my life saying "Oh I did my degree in SOAS. Not SoASS, SOAS. School of Oriental and African Studies. It's in London. Look it up."

    oh WHY DID I NOT APPLY TO UCL AND OXFORD!!!
    Thanks.

    What do you actually plan to do with a law degree? Become a barrister or solicitor?

    It might be a better idea to pick bristol if you intend to become a barrister and SOAS if you intend to become a solicitor. Rankings are very subjective and it will ultimately depend on your performance on your degree and activities outside it.

    I know what you mean: SOAS is a pretty strange name but you can always just say that you study at the uni of london.
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    Probably solicitor more than barrister, I want to head up to the route where I end up raking in air miles and keep on living as an expat, so either working as a consultant in a multinational company or international relations. Hmmm, yes more points against Bristol! I'm set on SOAS but I'm just scared it's going to be a big mistake and I end up worse off, especially since I like having all my options open.
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    As someone who went to SOAS last year and dropped out, I'd have to say Bristol. I suppose it depends on what uni experience you want... beacuse SOAS is a ... different university.
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    (Original post by anotheregostar)
    As someone who went to SOAS last year and dropped out, I'd have to say Bristol. I suppose it depends on what uni experience you want... beacuse SOAS is a ... different university.
    why did you leave SOAS?
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    After a few visits you CANNOT tell "how happy you will be". The school that looked good to me turned out to be ****, same again but then turned into the best thing of my life in 2 years..
    Unless you've had deep conversations with everyone on the course and done a tour of the city, you can't know. And Bristol isn't exactly a village either
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    (Original post by zee757)
    why did you leave SOAS?
    I really didn't enjoy it - Firstly I didn't get into accommodation, so I was faced with trying to find a cheap flat in the centre of London with a group of people I'd only just met -which didn't work out too well, as for SOAS itself, I didn't get a very academis vibe - it didn't feel like a university, more like a place for people to congregate and smoke together. The uni is very disorganised, took me all day standing in lines just to enrole. I also began to hate living in London - it wasn't anything like I imagined, and it felt very unsafe.
    Don't let me sway you though - you may love it - I'd suggest you go visit the uni if you haven't already. It is a good uni, maybe not so reputable for law, for it's excellent for languages - just wasn't for me !
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    I'd go for Bristol. What're you basing the, "I don't think I'd be happy at Bristol" on? Also, it seems that the fact you have friends in London may be swaying you quite a lot - don't base your choice on this OP!
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    If you go for ranking over your gut feeling you are more likely to end up unhappy. SOAS may not be as great in terms of stats, but it has a uniqueness about it that will stand out. Plus you'll have a better time there.
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    If it were me I'd choose Bristol, but you should go to where you'll be happiest and it sounds like you've already made your mind up already anyway, deep down

    Why don't you like Bristol as a city? Just asking because it's one of my choices too.
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    (Original post by Marsha2112)
    After a few visits you CANNOT tell "how happy you will be". The school that looked good to me turned out to be ****, same again but then turned into the best thing of my life in 2 years..
    Unless you've had deep conversations with everyone on the course and done a tour of the city, you can't know. And Bristol isn't exactly a village either
    Yeah, that's true, but I was thinking that even if I don't get along with people on my course, I already have friends in UCL, Imperial and Queen Mary to fall back on. Another advantage would be the UoL, since you can join in on their nights/societies. Bristol doesn't have that, although it IS a bigger school so that offsets it. This isn't helping me make up my mind though, I keep rebalancing the pros and cons!

    (Original post by anotheregostar)
    The uni is very disorganised, took me all day standing in lines just to enrole. I also began to hate living in London - it wasn't anything like I imagined, and it felt very unsafe.
    Yeah, i saw on the threads that the admin isn't exactly known for their efficiency, and I already know how I'll feel about London, and no, still don't think having higher chances of being stabbed is worth being a tube ride away from great gigs. Agree with you here.
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    (Original post by punkyrocker)
    I'd go for Bristol. What're you basing the, "I don't think I'd be happy at Bristol" on? Also, it seems that the fact you have friends in London may be swaying you quite a lot - don't base your choice on this OP!
    Yeah I definitely put friends into consideration, but it's not the end all. I'm scared of going to SOAS and as it's a very language-intensive school, to find out people there tend to speak languages other than English. I think I read somewhere that they have higher percentages of international students than the average uni, and I won't be a happy bunny if there's lack of integration.


    (Original post by xmarilynx)
    If it were me I'd choose Bristol, but you should go to where you'll be happiest and it sounds like you've already made your mind up already anyway, deep down

    Why don't you like Bristol as a city? Just asking because it's one of my choices too.
    I've been to Bristol twice, once for a long weekend to crash the fresher's week and again a few months later on another long weekend (My sister is a fresher there). As a uni, Bristol's pretty much OK (not talking about course), and the people that I met were really nice (and wasted) during freshers but after the intial 3 days, I was pretty bored. But it's just me though. I prefer London much better. I'd definitely would have a better time in London than Bristol, but I'd be broke and probably stabbed by the end of my course.

    Two things that stuck out in my head from Bristol is that barely anyone smokes in public and that the uni is on top of a really steep hill. Oh and the park behind it is awesome.
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    SOAS is very well known for its high dropout rate and being located in an ugly area. Bristol is better for job prospects, and it's really not that bad I've applied for KCL, UCL and Bristol, and considering putting it as my insurance, been there a few times and it's a great place for shopping/nights out. It's well-respected too. People put too much weight on whether you'll be happy there, it's basically an investment of £18k and a lot of hard work to get you somewhere good. And remember, there's nice people everywhere to make friends with, so I don't think 'already got friends in London' is a point. Are the offers the same? Maybe put SOAS as your insurance.
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    OP, SOAS have an incredibly high amount of foreign students, so if that bothers you in any way - it doesn't make you a racist - consider it carefully. x
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    (Original post by microfatcat)
    SOAS is very well known for its high dropout rate and being located in an ugly area. Bristol is better for job prospects, and it's really not that bad I've applied for KCL, UCL and Bristol, and considering putting it as my insurance, been there a few times and it's a great place for shopping/nights out. It's well-respected too. People put too much weight on whether you'll be happy there, it's basically an investment of £18k and a lot of hard work to get you somewhere good. And remember, there's nice people everywhere to make friends with, so I don't think 'already got friends in London' is a point. Are the offers the same? Maybe put SOAS as your insurance.
    Exactly.
    If it was another subject i'd just say go for SOAS but since law is notoriously 'snobby' about unis, you'd be shooting yourself in the foot career wise if you go with SOAS. The OP has to think of what is more important - a uni you have a good feeling about and you're going to stay in for 3 years or a uni that will give you a much better career - a career that will the basis of much of your life...
    And why depend on friends that happen to be in london - isn't the whole point of uni branching out and forming new friendships? Plus I'm sure these london friends will have other friends at their unis who they want to hang out with.
 
 
 
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