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Edinburgh v TCD

Hello,
I’m an Irish student finishing my exams this year. I’ve received an offer from Edinburgh for Law, and am confident in getting Trinity College Dublin Law in future. Despite this, I would really like to study in London, as I have family there and accommodation would not be an issue. Should I enroll at one of these unis and then apply again to other London universities next year? Or should I stick with Edinburgh or Trinity? I did not prepare well for the LNAT and my score was ok at 25 but not as competitive as others obviously. My dream would be to do undergrad at UCL or LSE, but if it seems a waste of a year I may just stay.
Original post by PatrickFahyFeng
Hello,
I’m an Irish student finishing my exams this year. I’ve received an offer from Edinburgh for Law, and am confident in getting Trinity College Dublin Law in future. Despite this, I would really like to study in London, as I have family there and accommodation would not be an issue. Should I enroll at one of these unis and then apply again to other London universities next year? Or should I stick with Edinburgh or Trinity? I did not prepare well for the LNAT and my score was ok at 25 but not as competitive as others obviously. My dream would be to do undergrad at UCL or LSE, but if it seems a waste of a year I may just stay.

Hey I'm also an irish student doing my lc this year! I have an offer for law from LSE and have trinity as the number one on my CAO currently haha
Although Trinity and edinburgh are both amazing unis, if ur dream is to study in london I'd say there's no harm in reapplying next year, provided you still accept a place at either of the aforementioned unis ofc bc the competition is very high each year
and in terms of the LNAT, I acc got less than you (24) bc i didnt prepare for it well enough either but I think LSE in particular really focuses on ur ps so try to make that relate to their criteria (if you do decide to reapply!)
Original post by trehanmedha
Hey I'm also an irish student doing my lc this year! I have an offer for law from LSE and have trinity as the number one on my CAO currently haha
Although Trinity and edinburgh are both amazing unis, if ur dream is to study in london I'd say there's no harm in reapplying next year, provided you still accept a place at either of the aforementioned unis ofc bc the competition is very high each year
and in terms of the LNAT, I acc got less than you (24) bc i didnt prepare for it well enough either but I think LSE in particular really focuses on ur ps so try to make that relate to their criteria (if you do decide to reapply!)

Hey congrats on your offer! Re: the personal statement, what was your process writing it? Were there any guides you used that were helpful? And what’s your predicted? Thanks
Original post by PatrickFahyFeng
Hey congrats on your offer! Re: the personal statement, what was your process writing it? Were there any guides you used that were helpful? And what’s your predicted? Thanks

Thank you!! I began writing my personal statement quite early (near the end of august) but whenver I had free time over summer I read books about law (Rule of law and letters to a law student) and I also did an internship at a solicitors office (had to email like 50 law firms bc none of them took secondary school students lol). I'd done a lot of supercurriculars already such as debating and european youth parliament (nationally and internationally) so i made sure to add those in as well as some of my own extracurriculars (like youth theatre).
I also talked about my experince as an immigrant (as I'm originally from India) and also my interest in international law and human rights law specifically
thats what i can remember off the top of my head but in regards to to guides i used, i mostly just watched youtube videos and read personal statements online. I also got as many teachers as I could in my school to read it and give me feedback (i think i had something along the lines of 20 drafts by the time i sent it off lol)
I also know someone whos a 3rd year law student in cambridge and so she looked over my ps as well (she also helped me prep for the interview but got rejected after it lol)
and my predicted is all H1s (although that remains to be seen)
sorry this is so long, hope it helps though!
Original post by trehanmedha
Thank you!! I began writing my personal statement quite early (near the end of august) but whenver I had free time over summer I read books about law (Rule of law and letters to a law student) and I also did an internship at a solicitors office (had to email like 50 law firms bc none of them took secondary school students lol). I'd done a lot of supercurriculars already such as debating and european youth parliament (nationally and internationally) so i made sure to add those in as well as some of my own extracurriculars (like youth theatre).
I also talked about my experince as an immigrant (as I'm originally from India) and also my interest in international law and human rights law specifically
thats what i can remember off the top of my head but in regards to to guides i used, i mostly just watched youtube videos and read personal statements online. I also got as many teachers as I could in my school to read it and give me feedback (i think i had something along the lines of 20 drafts by the time i sent it off lol)
I also know someone whos a 3rd year law student in cambridge and so she looked over my ps as well (she also helped me prep for the interview but got rejected after it lol)
and my predicted is all H1s (although that remains to be seen)
sorry this is so long, hope it helps though!

That’s not too long at all, thank you so much. There’s so much here I can take a look at this summer to strengthen my application, you’re a great help. Best of luck in the Leaving and hopefully LSE
Original post by PatrickFahyFeng
That’s not too long at all, thank you so much. There’s so much here I can take a look at this summer to strengthen my application, you’re a great help. Best of luck in the Leaving and hopefully LSE
No bothers! If you have any other questions later please feel free to ask and i can try help, although im no expert lol
Thanks so much you too!! Hope all goes well for youu!!
can't speak on tcd but edinburgh will have a lot of people who do law (and non law degrees) who will get tcs and move to london immediately after graduation for their gdl/'masters' conversion course - since tcd is so highly rated i assume that lots of their grads will be able to follow the same path if it appeals?
Original post by jamsparkle
can't speak on tcd but edinburgh will have a lot of people who do law (and non law degrees) who will get tcs and move to london immediately after graduation for their gdl/'masters' conversion course - since tcd is so highly rated i assume that lots of their grads will be able to follow the same path if it appeals?
Hi, thanks for the advice. My only worry is that doing a law degree in Edinburgh is four years, and then a GDL on top of that, whereas if I managed to get a course in the UK it would likely be a three year degree and I wouldn’t have to do the GDL. I know an extra year or two is not that long but it’s something that I’m not really sure I would like to do. It boils down mostly now for me whether it’s easier for me to reapply to other unis from Edinburgh or TCD, regarding how other universities view taking on a student that’s already studying another course.
Original post by PatrickFahyFeng
Hi, thanks for the advice. My only worry is that doing a law degree in Edinburgh is four years, and then a GDL on top of that, whereas if I managed to get a course in the UK it would likely be a three year degree and I wouldn’t have to do the GDL. I know an extra year or two is not that long but it’s something that I’m not really sure I would like to do. It boils down mostly now for me whether it’s easier for me to reapply to other unis from Edinburgh or TCD, regarding how other universities view taking on a student that’s already studying another course.

ahh makes sense - i understand the angle you're coming from (but the benefit of the four year degree is that you can do a year abroad without extending the course length if that's something you're interested in!)

tbh i think they're both great so unis wouldn't mind either way.. maybe edinburgh staff and support will have more experience with ucas/kids from london deciding that they don't want to be so far away from home and deciding to return?? If one is significantly cheaper or anything then i'd just go with that though
Original post by jamsparkle
ahh makes sense - i understand the angle you're coming from (but the benefit of the four year degree is that you can do a year abroad without extending the course length if that's something you're interested in!)
tbh i think they're both great so unis wouldn't mind either way.. maybe edinburgh staff and support will have more experience with ucas/kids from london deciding that they don't want to be so far away from home and deciding to return?? If one is significantly cheaper or anything then i'd just go with that though

Thanks a mil for your input - I never looked at it from that angle. That certainly helps a lot. Of course this only matters if I get the points hahaha.

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