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Hi! 👋 I’m a prospective LSE law student.
How much independent learning are you expected to do? How are you assessed and how often? And how has LSE handled COVID in regard to student welfare and accommodation rent?
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Hello

I guess it's hard to quantify the number of independent hours, but I'd say other than lectures + 4 hours of class, there's about 50-100 pages of essential reading for each module (some more than others, eg. criminal is quite content heavy) - if you're really keen there's further reading as well but we don't usually have the time.

We have around 1-2 formatives for each module, every term (usually after reading week and before end of term), but they're not counted towards our grade as only the final year exams do! They're either problem questions or essays.

I think LSE has done quite well in terms of keeping campus safe as the restrictions are quite tight and they've allowed rent reductions/ contract termination for accommodations, but no update in terms of school fees yet but we'll see. There's a range of wellbeing resources, eg. counselling and 24/7 calls, but again due to COVID they're all online.

Hope it helped! xx
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Would you say the cost of living in London is expensive? What a-levels did you do and what grades did you get? Is it true students are generally more-work orientated there, would it be possible to balance a part time job?
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Dining out are quite expensive (£15-20 for a proper meal), but there are cheaper options on campus and lots of student bundles etc!! Travelling as well so people tend to walk/ bike. I did a mixture of science and humanities and got 2A*s and 2As

Yeah LSE's pretty career focused and that was quite a shock as a fresher, and corporate pressure is quite intense too but it can be a good thing too for motivation.

I have part-time job and I found it manageable alongside studies (depends on how many hours you wanna do) but dw about it - put your studies first, then PT job
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Do you find that people don’t really mix much and there is little sense of community?
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Do you find the law course at LSE interesting?? Currently still waiting for an offer, so what were ur stats?
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Just wondering, is it competitive marking? As in, is it the case that only a certain proportion of students will get a 1st or can any amount of people get it as long as they meet a certain threshold? Thanks!
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Do you find that people don’t really mix much and there is little sense of community?
Compared to other London unis, I think yes (especially with COVID). People tend to scramble off to different directions after class and only few really take the initiative to reach out and befriend others.

Also in general I do think there are racial cliques (not necessarily a bad thing if you feel more comfortable talking in your own language etc), but bc of this people tend not to approach others in particular. The fact that LSE doesn't really have a 'campus'/ spots for socialising further exacerbates this problem I'd say.

But joining societies, events etc definitely help
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Do you find the law course at LSE interesting?? Currently still waiting for an offer, so what were ur stats?
Yes I do enjoy the course, even if it's quite a heavy at times! I got 2A*s 2As at Alevels and 8A*s, 3As at GCSE (according to the old system). Good luck LSE's notoriously late for handing out offers in the UCAS cycle haha
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Just wondering, is it competitive marking? As in, is it the case that only a certain proportion of students will get a 1st or can any amount of people get it as long as they meet a certain threshold? Thanks!
Hi no LSE said they don't rank students/ allocate numbers for each grade classification, so it's possible that a large majority get 1st/ 2:1s (no quotas)
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Compared to other London unis, I think yes (especially with COVID). People tend to scramble off to different directions after class and only few really take the initiative to reach out and befriend others.

Also in general I do think there are racial cliques (not necessarily a bad thing if you feel more comfortable talking in your own language etc), but bc of this people tend not to approach others in particular. The fact that LSE doesn't really have a 'campus'/ spots for socialising further exacerbates this problem I'd say.

But joining societies, events etc definitely help
Thanks for this. You said ‘compared to other London unis’ so would you say UCL, for example, has more of a community?
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Thanks for this. You said ‘compared to other London unis’ so would you say UCL, for example, has more of a community?
I have a few friends from other unis and I think it's mainly bc they have a wider range of subjs whereas LSE doesn't have any sciences at all - they get to make more friends from other courses
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Hi, in terms of diversity, I just wanted to know whether the uni is diverse, particularly in terms of black people
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Are GCSE's weighted heavily for the application process.
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Hi no LSE said they don't rank students/ allocate numbers for each grade classification, so it's possible that a large majority get 1st/ 2:1s (no quotas)
Thanks so much for this!
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Are GCSE's weighted heavily for the application process.
Don't think they're weighted very heavily, Alevels and your *personal statement* is more important I think.
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Hi, in terms of diversity, I just wanted to know whether the uni is diverse, particularly in terms of black people
In terms of students, LSE has such a high % of internationals however for my first year at LSE Law a lot of my profs/ class teachers are predominately white and male. I guess it's bc all our modules are compulsory and I haven't been really exposed to a more diverse range of staff from other modules
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Hi, I'm going to be seventeen when uni starts (and my first choice is lse but I don't have an offer yet), do you think this will affect me in any way (apart from the obvious like accommodation contracts etc)? Thanks
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