I am an international applicant from the USA who applied to study LLB Law here in the UK. When I was filling out my application to UCAS, I was very thrilled with the idea of studying Law outside of the US, an option unavailable to students here as undergraduates. When my top choice was rejected however, things got confusing; a "sticky wicket" you might say
Back when I was filling out my application, I just put down the next five schools in the Times Ranking for Law, hoping Oxford would take me. Fast forward several months later. No love from Oxford, but I have unconditional offers from SOAS, Durham, Nottingham, and Manchester, and a conditional offer from LSE. At this point, LSE is my firm choice, but I am worried about the grades and can't decide on an insurance choice.
I visited LSE a few weeks ago, and I really liked the school and central London. In hindsight, I wish I had also applied to UCL for Law. SOAS didn't appeal to me too much during my visit, as I'm not too thrilled with the tiny campus or their focus on Middle Eastern and Asian countries (not to mention the campus reeked of pot). I was unable to visit Durham, Nottingham, and Manchester, and it's the reason I am turning to this forum for help.
Prestige-wise, from a US standpoint, I think all these schools garner much the same respect, so that does not concern me as much as location, student life, course quality, etc. do. I would prefer a more urban setting, or a school with an urban environment nearby. I'm hoping students that are enrolled or familiar with some of the universities might chime in so I have an idea of what each is like, and any help is greatly appreciated in advance. I also understand that I'm very fortunate to be able to be making this choice, as I now understand entry requirements for these unis can be just as tough as Oxbridge. This really is a tough decision for me, as I am certain I want to study abroad, and I just dont know where to go :P
So which offer would you pick and why?