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I'm a final year law student at Bristol. I current hold an offer from Bristol for LLM International Commercial Law, and Queen Mary for MSc Law and Finance. I am undecided as to which option I should choose. I was thinking the following:

Pros of Bristol:
-Most people think it is more prestigious than Queen Mary
-I am familiar with the environment and how everything works around here
-Have good connections with a few professors in my field
-The city is quite cheap compared to London

Pros of Queen Mary:
-The course seems more interesting and could improve my career prospects for not just law but also finance-related jobs
-A change of environment could be nice
-I really want to live in London

Overall it seems like I prefer Law and Finance at Queen Mary but I find it hard to get over the fact that Bristol is more prestigious than Queen Mary. I don't want any potential employer in future to think I 'downgraded' for my masters.

Do you agree or disagree with what I said above? Do you think prestige matters so much at this stage?
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You seem to be going about this the wrong way.

It doesnt matter how 'prestigious' any Uni is (and that is a totally nebulous concept anyway) if you hate the course when you get there. Look at the course detail. Look at research interests in each dept/school. Consider the value of LLM over an MSc. Its the course that is important - that is what you will be studying every day for a year, not 'other people's idea of how fancy the Uni is'.
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(Original post by returnmigrant)
You seem to be going about this the wrong way.

It doesnt matter how 'prestigious' any Uni is (and that is a totally nebulous concept anyway) if you hate the course when you get there. Look at the course detail. Look at research interests in each dept/school. Consider the value of LLM over an MSc. Its the course that is important - that is what you will be studying every day for a year, not 'other people's idea of how fancy the Uni is'.
I agree completely with this.

The higher you go up the academic chain, the 'prestige' of the institution matters less and the lecturers/choice of modules etc matter more. For example, I'm doing the MA in Medical Ethics and Law at KCL, part time. I could've done it at Manchester distance learning. I chose KCL mainly because it was near me and sounds like a better uni. However, had I looked in detail at the lecturers' areas of expertise, in hindsight I would've chosen Manchester. My areas of interest are not particularly well tailored to at KCL and there will naturally be more focus on your lecturers'/professors' research and academic interests. So look at that when choosing modules.

The second thing you really need to think about with this is that one of these courses is an LLM and the other is an MSc, this is not insignificant. Again, my course is an MA despite being held in the Law school at KCL. That's because half of my course is ethics, and my dissertation has to be half ethics, half law. Had it been an LLM like other places, it would've been more heavily law. The modules on the MSc at QMUL are vastly different (just had a quick look) stuff like Accounting for Lawyers, legal regulation of financial sectors, etc. It's not going to be black letter law like you do on the LLB or LLM. It sounds more practical and more for if you want a financial career or finance regulation kinda thing.

I would suggest you think about what you're intending to do after the master's degree and what you want to get out of it instead of just prestige and location. If you want to specialise in a particular area of law and look more at the theory of it, like on the LLB, go for the LLM. If you want to gain more practical knowledge of finance with a focus more on the business side of things and legal regulation as opposed to legal theory, go for the MSc.
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I agree completely with this.

The higher you go up the academic chain (...)
This is a really good piece of advice, thank you! I am already gravitating more towards Queen Mary. I think I am quite bored of doing black letter law so it'll be nice to do something different for my masters. I find finance and regulation really fascinating and seems like the masters at QMUL will help me transition into that field.
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What did you include in your personal statement? I'm applying to Bristol for a general LLM and for some reason I'm finding it difficult to tailor my statement. It was easier for me to write my PS for unis to which I applied for commercial law than a general llm as my work experience and modules are generally pretty commercial in nature. How difficult was it to get in?
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Did you end up going to QMUL for the MSc Law and Finance? I am going to apply and would love to read some feedback about it <3
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Did you end up going to QMUL for the MSc Law and Finance? I am going to apply and would love to read some feedback about it <3
Yes! In fact I graduated and now have a graduate job at a Big Four company. The course was pretty well-structured and the lecturers were generally approachable. The stuff you learn in lectures is actually useful in professional life. I didn't really get involved in societies apart from the networking and careers events organised by the Banking and Finance Society, so I wouldn't be able to say much about the social aspect.

What kind of career are you considering, if you don't mind me asking?
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What did you include in your personal statement? I'm applying to Bristol for a general LLM and for some reason I'm finding it difficult to tailor my statement. It was easier for me to write my PS for unis to which I applied for commercial law than a general llm as my work experience and modules are generally pretty commercial in nature. How difficult was it to get in?
Bristol was pretty much a guaranteed offer for me as I did my undergrad there as well. My personal statement was a mix of academic and professional experience, with a bit of extracurriculars mixed in. For a generic LLM you don't really need a 'tailored' statement. Just write about the experience you have without emphasising their commercial nature too much.
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