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I plan on filling out all 6 slots on my UCAS form to give m e the best chance of getting into a good institution. So far I have:

Oxford
Bristol
Southampton
Manchester

Where else do you think I should apply? I'm really looking to go to a top 30 uni at least, with a decent law department and which isn't too far away. I live in Portsmouth and I'd say Manchester is about the furthest I could realistically go. Thanks
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(Original post by Onearmedbandit)
I plan on filling out all 6 slots on my UCAS form to give m e the best chance of getting into a good institution. So far I have:

Oxford
Bristol
Southampton
Manchester

Where else do you think I should apply? I'm really looking to go to a top 30 uni at least, with a decent law department and which isn't too far away. I live in Portsmouth and I'd say Manchester is about the furthest I could realistically go. Thanks
Well theres a huge selection: UCL, LSE, Kings, Warwick, Bath, Sheffield, Leeds, UEA just to name a few.

Personally, I'd go with either UCL, LSE or Kings. But I'm biased.
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(Original post by Onearmedbandit)
I plan on filling out all 6 slots on my UCAS form to give m e the best chance of getting into a good institution. So far I have:

Oxford
Bristol
Southampton
Manchester

Where else do you think I should apply? I'm really looking to go to a top 30 uni at least, with a decent law department and which isn't too far away. I live in Portsmouth and I'd say Manchester is about the furthest I could realistically go. Thanks
Sheffield's the way to go I say!
It has a fantastic reputation for both academia and student life, it was my sixth choice on the ucas form but when I went to see it I just fell in love with everything about it!
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Well theres a huge selection: UCL, LSE, Kings, Warwick, Bath, Sheffield, Leeds, UEA just to name a few.
For law?
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I applied to Sheffield last year (for history) and got an offer Law is harder to get into, though... but I will investigate it for sure :cool:

As for King's, LSE and UCL ... well I'm thinking about them of course but London is not the most convinient place. It's very expensive too...
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I got an offer from Sheffield last year - AAB, but now they have specified in their prospectus they want AAA/AAB.
I would suggest - UCL, LSE, Warwick, Nottingham, Liverpool, Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham, Leicester, Reading...

By the way, I'm in the same situation. I just don't know where to apply. I have already got my A Levels (AABb) and the only institutions I have got down are Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield..
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What about Nottingham? I've heard that its quite good for Law.

Out of interest where else did you apply to for History last year?
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What about Nottingham? I've heard that its quite good for Law.
I've heard it is one of the best. I got an offer there (for medicine) and had I not been firm at Oxford I would have gone there (insurence option).
As you are going for the best, it should be on the list. Perhpas try posting this on the law forum?
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I applied to Sheffield last year (for history) and got an offer Law is harder to get into, though... but I will investigate it for sure :cool:

As for King's, LSE and UCL ... well I'm thinking about them of course but London is not the most convinient place. It's very expensive too...
Well, if your primary concern is the reputation that your law degree will carry with firms and academics at home and abroad, then the long term benefits of going to UCL, LSE or KCL will certainly outweigh the short-term costs. However, you should be aware that competition at these three institutions is very tough.
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Personally, I'd go with either UCL, LSE or Kings. But I'm biased.
Nothing wrong with King's. I'm starting to prefer it to UCL. Strange huh?
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What about Nottingham? I've heard that its quite good for Law.

Out of interest where else did you apply to for History last year?
Yes, Nottingham seems surprisingly good from the Times' league! The city itself isn't very nice, though, apparently.

Last year I got ABBC in my ASs (the C was in history!!) and applied to:

Bristol (rejected)
Southampton (conditional offer)
Manchester (conditional offer)
Liverpool (conditional offer)
Sheffield (conditional offer)
Exeter (conditional offer)

But in my A2s I got 3 As and so my aims are now a lot higher...
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Sussex (totally biased oppinion)
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(Original post by Onearmedbandit)
Oxford
Bristol
Southampton
Manchester

Where else do you think I should apply?
Nottingham
Warwick
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(Original post by Onearmedbandit)
The city itself isn't very nice, though, apparently.
Rubbish, Nottingham is great! Lots of pubs clubs, cinemas, concert halls, national ice area, good restaurants.


UEA have a very good law school, so I've heard.
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Nothing wrong with King's. I'm starting to prefer it to UCL. Strange huh?
Its completely down to the taste of the individual. I'm certainly not one to go off on one about the superiority of the Kings Law School over LSE's or UCL's law schools, as I think they're all pretty marvellous and the best law schools outside of Oxbridge (ooohh...contraversial).

I personally turned down UCLs conditional offer in favour of KCL because I'd heard from many people that Kings provide a depth in the teaching of their law modules that UCL dont (I'm sure theres someone out there to contradict this point). Also, I was impressed with the world-class prestige of Kings' law research-centres such as the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, the Centre of European Law, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Centre of British Constitutional Law and History, and the Civil Liberties Research Unit - all of which were areas of laws I'm interested in specialising in in the future.

So, like I say, its all down to personal choice...
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Check the league tables for an idea.
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I personally turned down UCLs conditional offer in favour of KCL because I'd heard from many people that Kings provide a depth in the teaching of their law modules that UCL dont
Interesting, i haven’t heard this before.

I agree with your point on taste, i turned down the LSE for a myriad of reasons that may appeal to other students, but put me off.
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Also, I was impressed with the world-class prestige of Kings' law research-centres such as the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, the Centre of European Law, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Centre of British Constitutional Law and History, and the Civil Liberties Research Unit - all of which were areas of laws I'm interested in specialising in in the future.
I've noted those research centres, but since you're all part of the UoL you can attend anyway I think. Also many research centres are open to the public too. They also ask for lower grades, albeit one grade, but it's worth considering though depending how well you think you're going to do.

Does this mean you will attend the research centres? If you regularly go to them I'm sure it's beneficial both for you r LLB and beyond. I might try and go to one to put on my personal statement, although I've already been to a public lecture given by Gray's Inn anyway.
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Interesting, i haven’t heard this before.
I'm not 100% sure on the validity of the statement, but I heard it off a couple of people on here, someone I did work experience for who is quite well entangled in the UoL academic community, and lecturers at Kings.
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I've noted those research centres, but since you're all part of the UoL you can attend anyway I think. Also many research centres are open to the public too. They also ask for lower grades, albeit one grade, but it's worth considering though depending how well you think you're going to do.

Does this mean you will attend the research centres? If you regularly go to them I'm sure it's beneficial both for you r LLB and beyond. I might try and go to one to put on my personal statement, although I've already been to a public lecture given by Gray's Inn anyway.
Well, I cant comment on whether all UoL students can attend such research-centres, but I am sure that the research-centres, being situated in the KCL Law School, will enjoy a closer a relationship with the KCL law students and academic staff - resulting in increased access to the resources these centres possess and perhaps resulting in holiday/part-time placements at these centres. The academic I was talking to at the Kings open day told me these placements were often obtained by the high achievers in the year.

Also, you are right about the differences in the grades asked for. However, the actual difference in the grades obtained by the students who actually got into Kings and UCL is only about 1/2 a UCAS point. If you left Kings with a first, I'm sure that employers or postgrad universities wouldnt even consider that relative asking grades of each university. To obtain AAA/AAAA at a-level and a first at KCL/UCL would make the asking grades of each relevant uni an obsolete concern.

I've always thought that a student who concentrates more on the achievements of his/her peers instead of extolling the virtues of their own academic records is a students who is insecure about their own ability.
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