LLM International Law LSE v. Cambridge


monhl
Hi, I received offers from LSE, Cambridge and Oxford to start LLM in October 2010. I would like to specialize in public international law and I would be grateful for any comments you might have concerning the strength of these programmes. I must admit I am most willing to rule out Oxford since its PIL courses offer is quite narrow and therefore the final decision is most likely to be Cam v. LSE. I am definitely taking courses in ICL and IHL (available at both unis) but I am also quite interested in taking some international investment law course to have more career options at the end of the day (as far as I know, Cambridge does not offer any such course). The career prospects in PIL area would also be relevant to my considerations..thanks a lot for your thoughts!
Hi, I received offers from LSE, Cambridge and Oxford to start LLM in October 2010. I would like to specialize in public international law and I would be grateful for any comments you might have concerning the strength of these programmes. I must admit I am most willing to rule out Oxford since its PIL courses offer is quite narrow and therefore the final decision is most likely to be Cam v. LSE. I am definitely taking courses in ICL and IHL (available at both unis) but I am also quite interested in taking some international investment law course to have more career options at the end of the day (as far as I know, Cambridge does not offer any such course). The career prospects in PIL area would also be relevant to my considerations..thanks a lot for your thoughts!
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I went on to Cambridge Law Facultys website right after reading your post. Whilst I wont dare say anything about Cambridges undeniable and irrefutable reputation, I must say their modules's variety seems to be rather poor. Of course, given Im not a Cambridge alumni nor am I headed there, I may be wrong. Anyway, even though you wouldnt have many options to choose from, I think there would be a fair range of modules you could enrol on to study public international law and internal investments law (unlike what would happen if you were planning on studying Criminal Law, for instance in this case, youd need to apply for the MPhil). Having said that, I believe you should take on Cambridges offer. Its been said before on other posts over this website that reputation is (almost?) everything when we talk about LLMs. Youve pulled through the most difficult part (getting the bloody offer), so I would go to Cambridge and leave LSE for the less fortunate ones (not that LSE isnt a great school, but comparing it to Oxbridge in terms of reputation isnt even fair). Ive got a friend that was living the same problem as you a few years ago after giving a lot of thought, he went on, tossed LSE aside and took on Oxfords offer although he ended up choosing Oxford, the reasoning behind it is the same reputation. And the effects of reputation will spread throughout everything else, career, future opportunities and so on
I went on to Cambridge Law Faculty’s website right after reading your post. Whilst I won’t dare say anything about Cambridge’s undeniable and irrefutable reputation, I must say their modules's variety seems to be rather poor. Of course, given I’m not a Cambridge alumni nor am I headed there, I may be wrong. Anyway, even though you wouldn’t have many options to choose from, I think there would be a fair range of modules you could enrol on to study public international law and internal investments law (unlike what would happen if you were planning on studying Criminal Law, for instance – in this case, you’d need to apply for the MPhil). Having said that, I believe you should take on Cambridge’s offer. It’s been said before on other posts over this website that reputation is (almost?) everything when we talk about LLMs. You’ve pulled through the most difficult part (getting the bloody offer), so I would go to Cambridge and leave LSE for the less fortunate ones (not that LSE isn’t a great school, but comparing it to Oxbridge in terms of reputation isn’t even fair). I’ve got a friend that was living the same “problem” as you a few years ago… after giving a lot of thought, he went on, tossed LSE aside and took on Oxford’s offer… although he ended up choosing Oxford, the reasoning behind it is the same… reputation. And the effects of reputation will spread throughout everything else, career, future opportunities and so on…
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i would echo this advice. i too would take cambridge up on the llm offer. it's reputation in public international law is unrivalled. the lse is excellent, and i would also prefer it to oxford for international law, but cambridge will probably open more doors for you. the lauterpacht centre is fantastic, along with the faculty in general. another thing to bear in mind is that, generally speaking, the qualifications of your classmates will be a bit more impressive at oxbridge. congratulations, and good luck with your studies..
i would echo this advice. i too would take cambridge up on the llm offer. it's reputation in public international law is unrivalled. the lse is excellent, and i would also prefer it to oxford for international law, but cambridge will probably open more doors for you. the lauterpacht centre is fantastic, along with the faculty in general. another thing to bear in mind is that, generally speaking, the qualifications of your classmates will be a bit more impressive at oxbridge. congratulations, and good luck with your studies..
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guddu
DON'T forego going to Cambridge (or Oxford) over LSE. I have studied law at Oxford and the experience you will get at Oxbridge will be much better than studying at LSE or any other university in London. Easier to get into LSE too I would imagine.
DON'T forego going to Cambridge (or Oxford) over LSE. I have studied law at Oxford and the experience you will get at Oxbridge will be much better than studying at LSE or any other university in London. Easier to get into LSE too I would imagine.
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There is no international investment law in Cam but Corp Finance law does cover international aspects and Commercial Equity covers securitisation and setting up trusts (major investment vehicles) in various jurisdictions - from Bahamas and Caymans to Singapore
There is no international investment law in Cam but Corp Finance law does cover international aspects and Commercial Equity covers securitisation and setting up trusts (major investment vehicles) in various jurisdictions - from Bahamas and Caymans to Singapore
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Tabmas08
When one thinks of the best Uni's for LLM in the UK, its Oxford, Cambridge and LSE.The only reason I didn't apply for the first two is because they didn't have Human Rights Law LLM's so I am heading to LSE.If Cambridge did have an LLM in Human Rights, would I have picked it over LSE....most def!
No matter how we try to downplay it, a univeristy's reputation is everything especially for legal careers.It could open doors for you or close some if one is unfortunate .So go to Cambridge, have a great time and if you ever need the down low on what's happening at LSE...I could be your informant!:)
When one thinks of the best Uni's for LLM in the UK, its Oxford, Cambridge and LSE.The only reason I didn't apply for the first two is because they didn't have Human Rights Law LLM's so I am heading to LSE.If Cambridge did have an LLM in Human Rights, would I have picked it over LSE....most def!
No matter how we try to downplay it, a univeristy's reputation is everything especially for legal careers.It could open doors for you or close some if one is unfortunate .So go to Cambridge, have a great time and if you ever need the down low on what's happening at LSE...I could be your informant!:)
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