UCL or Leiden ?


Hello guys!

I am in a dilemma regarding those two universities.

I have been offered a place in the LLM (Advanced) in Air & Space Law in Leiden unconditionally.
I have also been offered a place in the LLM, Master of Laws in UCL with the condition of getting a 65% (or more) degree which i believe i am going to achieve.

On the one hand, i love everything that has to do with space and when i first saw that LLM 2 years ago i made it my goal to be accepted there and i have worked towards that during the past years. Moreover, Leiden is a very good university with a very strong law school which is considered one of the best in Europe. Furthermore, having finished my degree in England (Manchester), it would be nice to live and study in another country and learn about their culture as well (i come from Greece).

On the other hand, we have the prestige of UCL. The 4th best university in the world (according to the recent QS rankings) and the best law school in the UK (according to the Guardian). Moreover, London is of course a much more beautiful city than Leiden and a better place to study and have fun at the same time. I intend to specialise in International Law and choose subjects like War Law, International Criminal Law, International and European Refugee Law and International Energy Law. However, the university does not guarantee that all subjects will be available as it depends on the demand - which of course is a negative factor as i only wish to study something i will enjoy.

Any suggestions? i welcome any view! I would also appreciate any comment on career prospects from students that have finished those LLMs or know people that have. Regarding this, please note that i would rather work for an International or European Institution in a country located in the southern Europe (due to the better weather) than pursuing a career in a City law firm.

Thank you in advance!

Hello guys!

I am in a dilemma regarding those two universities.

I have been offered a place in the LLM (Advanced) in Air & Space Law in Leiden unconditionally.
I have also been offered a place in the LLM, Master of Laws in UCL with the condition of getting a 65% (or more) degree which i believe i am going to achieve.

On the one hand, i love everything that has to do with space and when i first saw that LLM 2 years ago i made it my goal to be accepted there and i have worked towards that during the past years. Moreover, Leiden is a very good university with a very strong law school which is considered one of the best in Europe. Furthermore, having finished my degree in England (Manchester), it would be nice to live and study in another country and learn about their culture as well (i come from Greece).

On the other hand, we have the prestige of UCL. The 4th best university in the world (according to the recent QS rankings) and the best law school in the UK (according to the Guardian). Moreover, London is of course a much more beautiful city than Leiden and a better place to study and have fun at the same time. I intend to specialise in International Law and choose subjects like War Law, International Criminal Law, International and European Refugee Law and International Energy Law. However, the university does not guarantee that all subjects will be available as it depends on the demand - which of course is a negative factor as i only wish to study something i will enjoy.

Any suggestions? i welcome any view! I would also appreciate any comment on career prospects from students that have finished those LLMs or know people that have. Regarding this, please note that i would rather work for an International or European Institution in a country located in the southern Europe (due to the better weather) than pursuing a career in a City law firm.

Thank you in advance!

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Linas

This is a tough one.

You should look into what you can do with space law and if it's not a too narrow field to specialize in. I would also try contacting some past students (look for Facebook groups, etc.) and asking them.

Leiden is probably a cheaper city to live in than London, the studies also probably are a bit cheaper.

In terms of prestige, UCL does not strike me as that much more prestigious than Leiden - it is a pretty good university indeed. Yet, I am not really sure if that is the same for everyone.

All depends a lot on what you want to do afterwards and in which exact fields you seek to work.

This is a tough one.

You should look into what you can do with space law and if it's not a too narrow field to specialize in. I would also try contacting some past students (look for Facebook groups, etc.) and asking them.

Leiden is probably a cheaper city to live in than London, the studies also probably are a bit cheaper.

In terms of prestige, UCL does not strike me as that much more prestigious than Leiden - it is a pretty good university indeed. Yet, I am not really sure if that is the same for everyone.

All depends a lot on what you want to do afterwards and in which exact fields you seek to work.
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