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    Hey

    I was wondering if you guys could help me. I'm having a tough time choosing between SOAS & KCL to do the LLB. I really like both but they're both completely different. I love partying & socialising, festivals etc. and always thought that SOAS would be the better option for me because it has a more chilled out vibe about it. Now I'm debating KCL, whats it like in terms of friendliness, atmosphere, partying etc. I went to view Exeter the other day and I'm really worried that it'll be full of well what appeared to be rather arrogant people (sorry if that offends anybody) like there was there. Any info would be much appreciated.

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    kcl is one of the most reputable law deptartments in the UK, no doubt about it, KCL.

    On the terms of partying, I think KCL would be excellent, I'm going intercollegate halls, which seems to be the general thinking of scoial atmosphere ect... plus I don't have to get a train to strand, I can walk.

    SOAS, great uni, but no where near KCL in terms of prestige for law, at SOAS there is also quite a high number of mature students from what I have heard. Although as you can see from my signature I am biased towards kings.... I am sure that everyone else will agree with thou.
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    Have a look at the course, there are some fairly wacky options at SOAS, which you may enjoy.
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    Thanks for your opinions. I'm definetly considering KCL now, whereas before I had pretty much dismissed it completely. Anymore information would be great. I'm going to open days in about 2 weeks time so I should make my decision then too.
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    Don't judge KCL by its buildings. especcially the law one, KCL is trying to get a new building for law atm. The range of courses offered by king's is huge, and theres always the fact that you can go to UCL or LSE to do courses if they are not offered at KCL since they are in the Golden traingle. Hope you make what is best for you. I put kings down since my law lecturer at college (he went to King's for law) told me to apply just for the hell of it for my maths. Best decision I made! Looking forward to starting in september.

    Also, kings offers judisprudence, which is meant to be excellent. Compare the law courses by looking at the amount of different things you can study at kings to what you can study at soas.

    http://www.soas.ac.uk/programmes/psub25714.html

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ugp08/programme/195
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    Needless to say, KCL is a great program. My good friend is there now, and enjoying it immensely.

    That being said, I am in my final year at SOAS LLB, and have been consistently impressed by the quality of teaching there. The professors are usually ex-Oxbridge/UCL/LSE, and usually left those institutions becuase of ideological differences. Almost every one of my lecturers is a leader in their respective fields, although admittedly, they usually focus on the more obscure areas of law which SOAS seems to nurture.

    Socially, I am a *bit* older so I hardly socialized with SOAS students, but the majority of people in law aren't especially "SOAS" (read: liberal minded, idealistic, and a bit naive), although I did find that the class is quite seperated on racial lines (possiblt due to the large numbers of overseas students).

    I made the same choice between SOAS & KCL, and chose SOAS. In retrospect, I might've gone to KCL for the reputation, but I do believe that the education at SOAS might be superior. KCL isn't UCL/LSE/Oxbridge so you aren't at a school that is objectively better, just different.

    Good luck in your studies.
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    KCL, unless the course options at SOAS particularly strike you as something you would love to study. They are quite unique in this country. Some will see them as too random and a restrictive departure from conventional UK modules, others will love it. If you don't have a desire to spend 3 years merely tolerating them, as opposed to being genuinely interested in them, then KCL would be more sensible.
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    Just to say at KCL, jurisprudence is compulsory not an option. And with regards to being able to go to LSE and UCL for options, yes this is possible, but nothing to do with Golden Triangle; it's due to the University of London; thus if you go to SOAS you can do option at LSE and UCL too. Although, it's not all that common to do (especially as the choice at both institutions is pretty diverse to start with).

    You really need to think why SOAS, I mean the course options there are great, if you fancy doing African Law or Islamic Law options (I seem to remember), although King's does have a few oddball options (Russian legal systems anyone?!),
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    Yeh I'm still totally confused about both so I'm going up there to see them next Wednesday. I'm just worried about fitting in to Kings if I end up going I guess, I'm worried people will judge me because I don't look like I'd be your "typical" law student (sounds shallow I know)..dreadlocks, piercings, bit of a raver etc. lol. Ah well. Thanks for all your advice guys & taking the time to respond. x
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    I studied IR for first undergrad, so that cultivated my interest in legal systems apart from Commonwealth, but I still wanted to learn Commonwealth law as a practical advantage. I'm first year LLB at SOAS and it's amazing, great vibe/campus/atmosphere, very chill. Ideologically diverse, teachers are really smart, and the school is small, which is great.

    King's is a great school, great location, and no doubt if you do well at King's, you're set. It definitely has a greater rep within academic circles, but that could be because SOAS is small. Its entry requirements are going up, fast (as are KCL's) so it goes to show you that both schools are in great demand. Your LLB class won't exceed 50 or 60ish at SOAS - it's nice to know everyone.

    It really depends what you want out of the school and out of college life, if you get a first at either institution you're on your way. But if you like a chilled atmosphere and a very 'different' LLB course, go SOAS. G'***!
 
 
 
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