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Best non-London unis for law?

I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity, and I am defo not interested in the drugs scene). Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Original post by lawofducks123
I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to doing it occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Reply 2
Outside of London Durham definitely stands out. Then you also have Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester and Warwick which also enjoy an extremely solid reputation. Exeter, Southampton and Glasgow are pretty good as well. Then there’s Edinburgh but they only have Scots law. There are drugs and partying at every university so it’s just a matter of finding the crowd you feel comfortable with and I think you can get that at pretty much any uni.
Original post by lawofducks123
I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity, and I am defo not interested in the drugs scene). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hi there

I am a final year law student that has just finished University in May. My experience at Kent has been really enjoyable. It is close to London (an hour train journey away- really easy to commute) and has a lovely and peaceful environment. Kent has a beautiful campus with a good mix of greenery and modern facilities which are all neat and well kept.

Students studying law at Kent receive a lot of support- for example: academic, wellbeing, career support etc. In my first year of studying law, I was assigned a student mentor who I could go to for help with any queries I had. Each year, students are also assigned a academic advisor who is able to give advice on their studies. Throughout my studies, I felt comfortable participating in group discussions and asking any questions during and after lessons. All the lecturers and seminar leaders are friendly and approachable- which is really important when it comes to understanding and studying the law.

Kent adopts a unique approach to teaching- rather than simply memorising legislations and cases, students are taught to critically analyse the law. This means we get to explore the law in its context, whether that be historical, societal, political, theoretical etc. I find this approach has made studying law much more engaging, it will also be useful in the future if you enter the legal industry- in terms of applying the law to real life scenarios. 🙂

If you have any questions about studying law at Kent, I'll be happy to answer them!
Chloe
University of Kent Student Rep
Reply 4
Original post by lawofducks123
I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity, and I am defo not interested in the drugs scene). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

York, Durham, Nottingham, Manchester (I was in the same boat and firmed York)
Royal Holloway brings you a London LLB but is in Egham, half an hour by train from London. It's mid-ranking, has attractive buildings, and is said to be on the quieter side, so not a 24/7 rave.

Reading is small, well funded, and has a pleasant self-contained campus.

Birmingham is an interesting city. Its university has a pleasant campus in leafy Edgbaston, the posh bit of the city.

You have lots of good choices.
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Original post by lawofducks123
I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity, and I am defo not interested in the drugs scene). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hey there

As some other people have mentioned, Durham is one of the top universities in the UK for law. I'm a recent Durham law graduate and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The university has provided a lot of support throughout my academic and career journey from holding law-focussed career fairs to holding evening receptions where employers would come along, allowing us to expand our networks. For any internship or work experience opportunity you get, you can also get a financial contribution towards your travel expenses or buying professional clothing, which has been really helpful.

For me though, Durham has stood out for its emphasis on gaining work experience through on-campus internships and part-time jobs. I've had 2 internships during my time at Durham (one of which is as the TSR rep) and these have helped me gain skills which have been invaluable in me gaining legal internships. So much so that I'm starting as an intern with the Ministry of Justice tomorrow!

Ofcourse Durham isn't perfect though- I don't think any institution is. Like every other university, there will be students who like to party and enjoy alcohol. I've never really heard of any drug incidents at Durham. But this should never be a problem as you can make your university experience whatever you want it to be if you mingle with the people that you feel comfortable with and capitalise on opportunities that come your way. Durham is still very much inclusive of people who like sober nights in or out with their close friends. Here's a blog that tells you how much you can do outside of drinking: No alcohol, no problem

I hope this has been somewhat helpful. Let me know if you have any more Durham-related or law related questions and I'd be happy to help :smile:

-Himieka
Original post by lawofducks123
though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity


I don't think there's really any university where this is the case. Certainly any notable university will have a huge range of clubs and other activities to get involved in.

You've been given a lot of good options to research already, but I just wanted to highlight something about York. The reason it came to my attention is because my neighbour's daughter studied law there, and she did that because it has modules that teach practical skills rather than solely have academic modules. To my mind that is a really good thing, and something that I hope other universities do as well over time. I think Liverpool might already have one module where you can work in a law clinic, but York seems to have taken that a step further. My neighbour's daughter has just graduated and has secured a training contract, but told me that she really enjoyed the course. There are a lot of good universities and cities out there to study law, but I would have a look at York's course in particular, because it seems to me to be taking an approach that is positively beneficial to those who study there.
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Original post by lawofducks123
I'm interested in studying law, however I am hesitant about studying in London. Which non-London unis are best (other than Oxbridge obviously)? I'd prefer unis that don't have a reputation for being all about partying, drugs, alchohol, clubbing etc., as I am not really into all that stuff so much (though not opposed to clubbing occasionally, I would prefer that to not be the main or only form of weekend activity, and I am defo not interested in the drugs scene). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

No specific university has any reputation for any of those things. Generic 'university' in general is where young people break free of the constraints of their family life and explore, whether you explore stupid things or otherwise is entirely up to you.

If you seriously want a law degree, then research where lawyers in organisations you'd like to work for got their degrees. Those are the universities that have or are building reputations with employers.

Law is fundamentally a career where you are selling your brain-power, your intellect. So Universities with strong academic reputations are always more likely to afford a career advantage.
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