(Original post by chibiyuki)
Hi everyone! I'm in my 2nd year of National Service now and will soon have to trouble over university woes.
I've a place at NUS Law 2011 and UCL Law 2011. Which would be a better choice to take up Law at? NUS Law seems to be reputable 'enough', while UCL Law has (hearsay) lower admission standards from international applicants. Is UCL Law or NUS Law harder to get in to? It's queer having people comment on how I go to the UK to study Law because I'm not qualified to do so in NUS. & that's before they knew I also had a place at NUS Law. Judging by the local consensus on NUS Law's competitiveness, it imprints somewhat an impression UK legal education is far easier to obtain entry to, as opposed to local legal education.
I kinda took KCL out of the equation although they offered me Law there too. That's reasonable, right?
Also, I'm contemplating letting go of my UCL Law place to apply for Cambridge this year. I got rejected from Oxford last year (presumably due to my interview, which was awful I tell you. I screw'd up.). Even if I do retake my LNAT and apply to UCL in addition to Cambridge again, there's a risk I might not get into UCL, even though I did get in before. Any advice from anyone here?
dude, dont worry
its funny to see people worry over the wrong reasons. you see, you are concerned over the wrong reasons. UCL or NUS, both are reputable enough,. reputation is subjective, there are some who will put UCL higher up in their own personal ranking list, there are others who will NUS. but whatever it is, both UCL and NUS LLB degrees are highly regarded, so your worry here is unfounded.
what you should ask yourself, however, is whether you want to study locally or overseas. this is the important question. the 2nd question is, can you afford an overseas education without compromisng too much?
3rd thing is, have you researched enough about the modules offered, the teaching style of both nus and ucl, the course structure etc? you should talk to both ucl and nus students/graduates to find out more.
these questions, only you can answer yourself. some people forgo an overseas education because they have strong ties here..frens..partners...family.. because certian things are too important to forgo. some people cant afford overseas ...
but if these are not problems, then why not? UCL is great, and i personaly know of many people who gave up a place in NUS to read law overseas. plus, i can say for certain; NUS is bound to be more competitive. the workload in local uni is 1.5-2 times that of overseas uni. the amount of modules and school hours is definitely heavier in nus, plus, being in nus with all the kiasu singaporean elite students, you definitely will find it harder to distinguish yourself. of course, on the flip side, its cheaper, its right here at home, convenient, reading law in sg also has its advantage if ur ultimate aim is to come back to singapore and practice, since many local lawyers teach in nus[who themselves graduated from NUS 100 years ago
], the local scene is dominated by NUS grads, and the course teaches singapore law, not EU or UK law, and you might feel more comfortable with singaporean couterparts, im not sure about this. do think through this carefully, and all the best ok!