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Prospective (international) undergraduate law students 2017 Watch

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    There are simply too many threads/discussions on prospective law students applications in TSR! However, there are few threads for international students who wish to study Law in the UK! As such, I would like to start this discussion so that we can all share our application status thus far as well as perhaps make some potential new friends prior to going to the UK!

    For myself, I come from Singapore. Finished serving my 2 years of Army and am gonna start my undergraduate study in 2017. Was rejected from local law schools twice (applied in 2015 and 2016) because I obtained a C grade for one of my A-levels subjects! Then received a call from the local National University of Singapore Law Faculty telling me that the law course is too competitive and I am better off studying overseas.

    Applied to the following:
    1) Cambridge (St. Edmund's College; Interview and CLT completed; Pending)
    2) LSE (Pending)
    3) UCL (Pending)
    4) Durham (Offered)
    5) Bristol (Offered)

    GCE A-Levels: 3 H2 As (Physics, Chem, Math), 1 H1 A (Econs) and 1 H2 C (Knowledge & Inquiry)

    You can share your university choices, grades and/or your background story if you'd like!


    What's made you want to study law in the UK? Is it transferable to other countries like Singapore?
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    What's made you want to study law in the UK?
    There are a few. Firstly because I am already keen on studying law for a long time and since the local law schools in Singapore didn't want me, I was forced to go overseas. This links to my second reason which was because Singapore's common law system was inherited from the UK and although changes have been made to it, I feel that it is more meaningful to explore the roots of Singapore's legal system.

    The third is because I'm tired of studying my entire life in Singapore. It is so mundane and academically focused. I wanted to have the experience of living in a different country for some time and be independent. While I believe that, to a certain extent, the lifestyle of studying in top universities may not necessarily be very different from that of Singapore, it is still a breath of fresh air, one that I desperately need!

    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    Is it transferable to other countries like Singapore?
    Well, the fundamental knowledge is about the same. Of course, when I return to Singapore I will have to take Part A and B of the Bar exam, as opposed to just taking Part B should I graduate from the local schools. The exam is sort of to "convert" and contextualise my knowledge of the law into something that suits Singapore's legal system. But I believe that at the end of the day, the experience is what differentiates practising lawyers!
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