didnt know where to put this thread...
is westminster uni any good for law?
i know i have a whole year to decide yet.. and i doubt il get 3 a's which is what most of the other uni's iv looked at require...
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- Thread Starter
- 11-11-2008 16:28
- 20-11-2008 01:23
hey...im surprised youre not aiming for top grades considering the GCSE's you got. anyway, Westminster isnt too bad for law...i just started there this year, but tbh i think you should aim to get into Queen Mary, u'll get in with ABB after you get your results and a good personal statement...cuz law is really competitive and you'd rather do it at the best uni you can get into...
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(Original post by NewvicEastLondon)
- 25-11-2008 17:04
hey...im surprised youre not aiming for top grades considering the GCSE's you got. anyway, Westminster isnt too bad for law...i just started there this year, but tbh i think you should aim to get into Queen Mary, u'll get in with ABB after you get your results and a good personal statement...cuz law is really competitive and you'd rather do it at the best uni you can get into...Last edited by menaa-x; 25-11-2008 at 17:21.
- 25-11-2008 20:52
My advice would be to avoid Westminster University,
Its one of the worst universities in the country and whilst you wouldn't be able to push for Oxbridge, I can see you going for a MUCH better uni than Westminster.
I went to visit it and I really didn't like it, and also its very low in the uni lists.
You could apply for unis like city or sussex or edinburgh, their requirements aren't that high yet their very good for law.
Be sure to get your PS perfect though as law is unbelievable competitive.
Good luck with your applications
- 25-11-2008 22:53
Hey - I can't recommend highly enough how you have to visit prospective universities before you even consider them. The amount of people who just put a place down, turn up without knowing anything about the place is shocking - then they realise they hate where they've ended up is silly.
So while you have the chance and time, make some time to visit a few prospective universities; e-mail admissions and ask questions try and see if you can turn up during times when they don't have an official open day and you'll probably get more of a realistic feel for how the place is normally. Don't forget to ask students wandering around or staff members if you can ask a few questions about the place, what they think etc.
As for Westminster and it's Law department, it has a pretty strong law department for research - Cherie Booth/Blair taught there once - I think the Law department has its own building on Little Titchfield street in Central London, not far from the other main buildings of Regent Street, New Cavendish Street and Marylebone; see if you can pop in to look around and see what you think.
These links have more info on Westminster as a whole, but do your own research and take everything said to you about University league tables with a pinch of salt; they are private league tables and obviously the older more "selective" universities who don't take part in widening participation will obviously do better in these (though when I say “older” I mean when an institution changed its name to “university” – Westminster is technically over 160 years old, maybe a bit older – as you’ll see if you visit its historic Regent street headquarters)
It is a good institution, but the most important thing is liking the feel for the place where you are going to study for three years - finding out what they can offer you in terms of benefits and student resources (for example Westminster has now teamed up with Google to offer a more powerful e-mail system and working Google apps etc.) - I know Westminster has the largest scholarship system in the whole of the UK so I think someone who achieves high grades for entry won't have to worry about the student loan fees if they are successful with their application - look at things like this.
Also if you are social and want to get involved, look at their respective student union and find out what they do - you can find these things out by asking and seeing what you can find on each university website. I know Westminster has an award winning radio station which can be listened to on-line at:
Here are some more links you can have a look at concerning Westminster and its law department in particular – also a link concerning university league tables and questioning if they are necessarily a good thing; they certainly aren’t objective.
All I can say is good luck with everything and well done for thinking about all of this very early on – I’m sure you’ll end up somewhere brilliant and do very well, keep it up.