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Hi, I need some help.
I'm at the stage where I need to make a decision about which uni I want to go to. My options are either KCL or somewhere like LMU Munich (a uni like that), and I've heard different things. Everyone tells me English unis are better, but I've heard in reality they work you to death and don't promote you as much/ the work culture isn't great (very pub oriented, not my kind of thing). On paper, I guess German unis might be a bit weaker, but you might earn greater salaries, but for certain you work less/ the work culture is better.
This is what I've heard and I'm confused about what to pick/ choose, I just don't know what is true what isn't.
If anyone has gone through the same situation, what did you pick? Do you regret it?
Thanks in advance for all the help!
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This is a poor way to approach a decision that will probably determine the rest of your career (and by extension, dating life, earnings and so on).

Things you should actually consider:

  1. Tuition difference (UK will be more expensive)
  2. Length of studies (Germany will take longer)
  3. Where you want to practice and how easy it will be to cross-qualify in the future (Germany --> UK is more time-efficient and cheaper than UK --> Germany)
  4. Whether you plan on practising in an area of law that requires you to advise within an EU member state/hold an EU passport
  5. Which specialism/area of law you are interested in. If commercial, whether that specialism is big in Germany (London will have more options).
  6. Whether your level of written and spoken (don't forget the spoken side!) English and/or German is sufficient
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This is a poor way to approach a decision that will probably determine the rest of your career (and by extension, dating life, earnings and so on).

Things you should actually consider:

  1. Tuition difference (UK will be more expensive)
  2. Length of studies (Germany will take longer)
  3. Where you want to practice and how easy it will be to cross-qualify in the future (Germany --> UK is more time-efficient and cheaper than UK --> Germany)
  4. Whether you plan on practising in an area of law that requires you to advise within an EU member state/hold an EU passport
  5. Which specialism/area of law you are interested in. If commercial, whether that specialism is big in Germany (London will have more options).
  6. Whether your level of written and spoken (don't forget the spoken side!) English and/or German is sufficient
Thanks a lot! The thing is I have no idea what To want to do. Probably commercial, and I don’t mind having to study a bit longer etc. Language isn’t a problem as well. Each way I don’t mind the studying. What I’m ineterested in is the long term and iI do graduate whether I’ll be working a dead end job for long hours in England for example, when in Germany it might be better. I know either way I’m gonna have to bust my ass if I become a lawyer dw xD but interested whether the quality of life/ salary is truly greater in one rather than in the other. Thanks again for all the help!
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(Original post by Jvejvivive eiee)
Thanks a lot! The thing is I have no idea what To want to do. Probably commercial, and I don’t mind having to study a bit longer etc. Language isn’t a problem as well. Each way I don’t mind the studying. What I’m ineterested in is the long term and iI do graduate whether I’ll be working a dead end job for long hours in England for example, when in Germany it might be better. I know either way I’m gonna have to bust my ass if I become a lawyer dw xD but interested whether the quality of life/ salary is truly greater in one rather than in the other. Thanks again for all the help!
Well, you need to decide on where you want to start your legal career. That's pretty elementary. If it's Germany, go to LMU. If it's the UK, you should probably go to a UK university if only to save on years of pointless education.

There is absolutely no point in trying to pull a guess as to which country's legal sector works harder. Anecdotally, having known a handful of associates who are now working in the German offices of US commercial law firms, I'd say that they seem to work "hard". But whether they work harder than their UK counterparts in the same teams in London is not something I can judge. It will probably come down to your firm, specialism, and so on.
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