The best way to choose an LLM and a uni in the UK. What do YOU think?


Hey guys!

Everything is in the title :). What are the things to consider before choosing an LLM, especially for an LLM in international business law.

For me it is :
- reputation (with the help of rankings and alumni feedback maybe?)
- skill you learn (check the courses)
- international network (how do the uni help me to connect with the world?)
- employability (any rankings of the universities from the employers?)

Of course, this is the theory and I might find it difficult to learn more on these points sometimes, so feel free to share your opinion on this thread!

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How do you choose between closely ranked school?

As a follow up to the previous analysis, how would you choose the uni alongside choosing the LLM. Personaly, I am trying to choose between Queen Mary, Manchester, Bristol and Warwick offers.
Hey guys!

Everything is in the title :). What are the things to consider before choosing an LLM, especially for an LLM in international business law.

For me it is :
- reputation (with the help of rankings and alumni feedback maybe?)
- skill you learn (check the courses)
- international network (how do the uni help me to connect with the world?)
- employability (any rankings of the universities from the employers?)

Of course, this is the theory and I might find it difficult to learn more on these points sometimes, so feel free to share your opinion on this thread!

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How do you choose between closely ranked school?

As a follow up to the previous analysis, how would you choose the uni alongside choosing the LLM. Personaly, I am trying to choose between Queen Mary, Manchester, Bristol and Warwick offers.
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LegalLife
Hey guys!

Everything is in the title :). What are the things to consider before choosing an LLM, especially for an LLM in international business law.

For me it is :
- reputation (with the help of rankings and alumni feedback maybe?)
- skill you learn (check the courses)
- international network (how do the uni help me to connect with the world?)
- employability (any rankings of the universities from the employers?)

Of course, this is the theory and I might find it difficult to learn more on these points sometimes, so feel free to share your opinion on this thread!

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How do you choose between closely ranked school?

As a follow up to the previous analysis, how would you choose the uni alongside choosing the LLM. Personaly, I am trying to choose between Queen Mary, Manchester, Bristol and Warwick offers.


It is interesting how many people get the considerations wrong.
There is no need going to a highly ranked university when they are not specialists in your area of practice because anyone in your area of specialism will know that your specialism was crap although from a good university. For example, anyone would struggle to convince anyone that getting a human rights LLM from Robert Gordon University is a good idea because even the dumbest person knows that RGU is the home of oil and gas studies. Or boasting about your tax LLM at Cambridge when the whole world knows that Queen Mary and LSE are the home of tax law.
To me, these are the considerations (I already did my LLM and I wish someone had told me some of these things then)

a. Find your area of specialism first.
b. Find the universities that have a reputation for that specialism.
c. Look at the course content of those universities.
d. Rank those universities.
d. After ranking them, consider other things like career support to students, student atmosphere, employability etc.
e. Make your choice.

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.
[quote]Hey guys!

Everything is in the title :). What are the things to consider before choosing an LLM, especially for an LLM in international business law.

For me it is :
- reputation (with the help of rankings and alumni feedback maybe?)
- skill you learn (check the courses)
- international network (how do the uni help me to connect with the world?)
- employability (any rankings of the universities from the employers?)

Of course, this is the theory and I might find it difficult to learn more on these points sometimes, so feel free to share your opinion on this thread!

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How do you choose between closely ranked school?

As a follow up to the previous analysis, how would you choose the uni alongside choosing the LLM. Personaly, I am trying to choose between Queen Mary, Manchester, Bristol and Warwick offers.[/quote]

It is interesting how many people get the considerations wrong.
There is no need going to a highly ranked university when they are not specialists in your area of practice because anyone in your area of specialism will know that your specialism was crap although from a good university. For example, anyone would struggle to convince anyone that getting a human rights LLM from Robert Gordon University is a good idea because even the dumbest person knows that RGU is the home of oil and gas studies. Or boasting about your tax LLM at Cambridge when the whole world knows that Queen Mary and LSE are the home of tax law.
To me, these are the considerations (I already did my LLM and I wish someone had told me some of these things then)

a. Find your area of specialism first.
b. Find the universities that have a reputation for that specialism.
c. Look at the course content of those universities.
d. Rank those universities.
d. After ranking them, consider other things like career support to students, student atmosphere, employability etc.
e. Make your choice.

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.
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NapZ


It is interesting how many people get the considerations wrong.
There is no need going to a highly ranked university when they are not specialists in your area of practice because anyone in your area of specialism will know that your specialism was crap although from a good university. For example, anyone would struggle to convince anyone that getting a human rights LLM from Robert Gordon University is a good idea because even the dumbest person knows that RGU is the home of oil and gas studies. Or boasting about your tax LLM at Cambridge when the whole world knows that Queen Mary and LSE are the home of tax law.
To me, these are the considerations (I already did my LLM and I wish someone had told me some of these things then)

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.


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It is interesting how many people get the considerations wrong.
There is no need going to a highly ranked university when they are not specialists in your area of practice because anyone in your area of specialism will know that your specialism was crap although from a good university. For example, anyone would struggle to convince anyone that getting a human rights LLM from Robert Gordon University is a good idea because even the dumbest person knows that RGU is the home of oil and gas studies. Or boasting about your tax LLM at Cambridge when the whole world knows that Queen Mary and LSE are the home of tax law.
To me, these are the considerations (I already did my LLM and I wish someone had told me some of these things then)

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.[/quote]

Word!
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a. Find your area of specialism first.
b. Find the universities that have a reputation for that specialism.
c. Look at the course content of those universities.
d. Rank those universities.
d. After ranking them, consider other things like career support to students, student atmosphere, employability etc.
e. Make your choice.

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.


Thank you very much for your kind answer mate!

Insightful, but how do you find out which uni has the best reputation for what? What if I am not in contact with the people who know these things?

For example, if I say specialism contract law, international litigation, mergers, trade and aid (these are my area of interest btw, and I know they are different I'm still figuring this out)

Thank you for your support have a good day fellow!
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a. Find your area of specialism first.
b. Find the universities that have a reputation for that specialism.
c. Look at the course content of those universities.
d. Rank those universities.
d. After ranking them, consider other things like career support to students, student atmosphere, employability etc.
e. Make your choice.

Its not a matter of name dropping the biggest universities.[/quote]

Thank you very much for your kind answer mate!

Insightful, but how do you find out which uni has the best reputation for what? What if I am not in contact with the people who know these things?

For example, if I say specialism contract law, international litigation, mergers, trade and aid (these are my area of interest btw, and I know they are different I'm still figuring this out)

Thank you for your support have a good day fellow!
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NapZ
It might be difficult to find out, but a good way to get a clue can be:

- to go to student forums, like this one or others
- to check out the faculty of the relevant program and see if they are renowned in their field of expertise
- to check on LinkedIn what the alumni are now doing
- simply Google the name of the program + university and see what comes up

Usually, I have the feeling it can be pretty easy to know if a program is the best or one of the best in its field when you go check on the forums and simply Google the name of the program + university and look at what comes up.

[Edited by NapZ on Sep 29, 2016]

It might be difficult to find out, but a good way to get a clue can be:

- to go to student forums, like this one or others
- to check out the faculty of the relevant program and see if they are renowned in their field of expertise
- to check on LinkedIn what the alumni are now doing
- simply Google the name of the program + university and see what comes up

Usually, I have the feeling it can be pretty easy to know if a program is the best or one of the best in its field when you go check on the forums and simply Google the name of the program + university and look at what comes up.
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