We asked one of our current students to share their experience...
"Hi! I’m Ella, and I'm currently a first year law student at the University of York. I know it is difficult to choose which university to go to, but I want to start out with whatever choice you make, you will succeed anywhere. Whilst it seems like a world-changing choice, wherever you end up, you will be fine.
Firstly, with PBL I can’t recommend it enough. It teaches you how to address problems in the same way you will need to in practice. After going to insight days in law firms and going through problem scenarios, having the PBL structure helped me massively in comparison to students from other universities. The PBL structure does take a couple of weeks to adjust to but after learning this method, I could not imagine studying for a law degree in any other way!
In terms of ranking, UoY is still a very good university. UoY is a Russell Group, like Durham, and according to Times Higher Education, UoY ranked 21st overall in the UK and Durham ranked 26th. If you are also worried about finding experience due to the university you’re at, please do not! I got an insight day at a magic circle law firm and was there with students from across many different universities (Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham, Durham etc). It has been my experience that law firms care more about your grades, intelligence, and extracurriculars, than they do about the institution you were taught at.
This is not to downplay your stress right now! I was in a similar position to you with deciding between LSE and UoY, and it took me ages to decide which one to firm and which one to insurance. Looking back, I could not imagine being anywhere else but York and I have never been happier with my decision to choose UoY over LSE.
If you can visit the uni, I would really encourage you to do that because university is not just about your course. You will be there for 3+ years and you want to make sure you like the place you will be living for the majority of this time. Look at what else the universities have to offer you (social life, colleges, sports, societies, what the city is like etc). Both universities are collegiate, so look into which college you would like to join and see if that can help you decide.
Overall, I would recommend sitting down and writing out what it is you want to get from your university experience, because it is so much more than ‘just getting the degree’, along with a pro and con list for each university. This should be able to help you see which university aligns with what you want the most.
Just remember, whatever decision you make will be the right one and as cliché as it sounds, university is what you make of it and you will succeed wherever you go!
I hope this helps - Ella"