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Old 12-16-2007, 08:42 AM   #11
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Why hasn't anyone recommended Oxford as a place to do law yet?

Pros:
- A seriously first rate course at a seriously first rate university
- An obvious plus point on any job application
- You get to be lectured and taught by the leading academics
- You get typically taught in groups of 2/3 people per tute, which ensures lots of individual attention
- You have to do Roman Law, which is fun ( in my opinion) and absolutely essential to the understanding of private law, be it within the context of civilian or common law systems
- Only the examinations in the final year count towards your degree, which gives you room to mature intellectually over the years
- Term times are short: about 3 terms of roughly 9 weeks each.
- You will meet many awesomely intelligent and interesting fellow students from all around the world

Cons:
- You need to pass the LSAT and the interview to get in. The interviewers are utterly disinterested in why you want to do law and general sucking up. They're looking for the ability to reason and argue.
- There is seriously a lot of work. Expect to put in at least 5-6 hours of work ( solid reading and note taking, lectures, tutes, and essay writing) per day, 5/6 out of 7 days a week. And do some more in the vacation. According to one of our student newspapers, law students at Oxford work about 15 hours more a week than their UCL counterparts. Anectodal evidence suggests that this is entirely believable.
- Not absolutely necessary to have an Oxford law degree to find work in a top City ( that's City of London) law firm. Career wise, the top london law schools ( Kings, LSE, UCL ) are on par with Oxbridge if you're thinking of being a big-time corporate lawyer.
- Why do you need to go to Oxford if you to come back to work in Singapore straightaway after you finish your degree anyway? ( NB: this does not apply PSC scholars- you almost certainly have to qualify for Oxbridge if you want to get sponsored on government legal service).
- There is nowhere to hide if you don't know your stuff during tutorials.
- Options are limited. You will do a total of 12 subjects over the course of your degree, out of which 10 are compulsory.
- Your degree depends entirely upon whether you can survive 9 3 hour papers over a 10/11 day stretch. ( Yes, they dish out finals papers on saturdays as well).

Conclusion:
- Not for wimps
- If you're game for the challenge, however, consider applying.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:58 AM   #12
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The thing about Oxford or Cambridge is that they're both collegiate universities. Are there any differences between the colleges? For example, when you say Oxford is good for Law, any recommendation for which college to look out for, or are they all equally good?
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:35 PM   #13
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The standard of legal teaching is high across all the colleges. Although the same cannot be said of the law collection in the various college libraries. Outrageously, these poor colleges also tend to charge more for bad food and accomodation as well. Some college law collections are better than others ( as you might suspect, rich colleges do better than places like Pembroke or St Edmunds Hall or the permanent private halls). However, note that there is an excellent ( and humongous) main faculty law library.

Also note that traditionally, Singaporean law students do tremendously well at Oxford whichever college they come from. I would recommend applying "open" and pray you don't end up somewhere poor ( in terms of money per student, not academic performance).
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:12 AM   #14
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Anybody can recommend some universities that are reputable for their ISM courses ?
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:51 PM   #15
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hey, may I know what was the general admission criteria for that year?
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:01 PM   #16
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Anybody can recommend some universities that are reputable for their ISM courses ?
What do you mean by ISM? Information Systems Management?

Is so, the first university I'd recommend is Warwick, particularly its Computer Science & Business Studies.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:40 AM   #17
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Yeah information systems management, what abt unis like UCL n King's college or even Uni of Manchester ?
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:20 AM   #18
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tinyRedLeaf, you have done what many Singaporeans do. Why Oxbridge for humanities? If you're thinking about History or English Lit, apply to Durham. It is first and second in the UK for Lit and History respectively.
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Old 01-23-2008, 06:23 AM   #19
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Why not Oxford for law? Simply because many realise that it is not top of the table. If you have the grades to get into Oxford Law, why not Cambridge (which has a higher ranking) or LSE (though it is harder to get in than Oxbridge)?
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:59 AM   #20
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heylo, can anyone here tell me more about law at king's college london?
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