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Old 21-06-2020, 10:49 AM
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Hello, I agree with your reapplying logic, if you're really planning on reapplying My friends in London have shown me what their schools have said, and it's pretty likely that not all the facilities are going to be open, even if some tutorials are f2f. Essentially that means you are paying a lot of money and not even getting all the resources....so if you plan to reapply and go to Oxford then you're wasting a year of money which is a lot, and it's not great to be wasting it on a COVID-19-affected overseas uni experience.

If you're the filial kinda kid, although I agree LSE opens up a lot of options, just considering it from another angle, if it's really a stretch for your parents and you can go to local uni then I think you should definitely assess based on how much of a stretch it's going to be on your parents
yes the parents' savings is definitely the most important factor here

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Old 21-06-2020, 10:55 AM
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anyone know if it's possible to do part-time work during part b? is sile known to allow this? thanks
usu only if legal exec or para at law firm. many of my friends do (not b4) cos need money

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usu only if legal exec or para at law firm. many of my friends do (not b4) cos need money
Heck care SILE la. Nb they charge us $7k for a course that costs almost nothing to them. Still need pay for some e-learning nonsense.

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yes the parents' savings is definitely the most important factor here
I second this. If OP comes from an average, humble family, then it clearly isn't worth it to read law overseas - no doubt about that. Why not spend the time gunning for bond-free overseas scholarships instead, rather than waste time thinking about whether his parents have the means to splurge on him and his grand plan?

I thought it should be a no-brainer considering that OP knows and/or has the impression that: (1) his parents have to pay for his overseas education "with some sacrifices"; and (2) the possibility that his parents "won't have any savings left".

What else is there to talk about?
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I second this. If OP comes from an average, humble family, then it clearly isn't worth it to read law overseas - no doubt about that. Why not spend the time gunning for bond-free overseas scholarships instead, rather than waste time thinking about whether his parents have the means to splurge on him and his grand plan?

I thought it should be a no-brainer considering that OP knows and/or has the impression that: (1) his parents have to pay for his overseas education "with some sacrifices"; and (2) the possibility that his parents "won't have any savings left".

What else is there to talk about?
exactly. if OP's parents are multi-millionaires by all means go for a London law course. if not, the cost is just not worth it
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exactly. if OP's parents are multi-millionaires by all means go for a London law course. if not, the cost is just not worth it
Or get a scholarship.
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Old 21-06-2020, 12:43 PM
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Or get a scholarship.
Would advise against it unless you have one since you're concerned about costs.

You just need to research properly. From what I understand, you have a year? So make the best of it. If you're serious, apply for a scholarship. Costs are (sadly, but should not be, in an ideal world) prohibitive in making choices about education.

If you got into LSE by merit, there are plenty of scholarships that you should look into. Just research. Plenty of the LSE student body are scholars.
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Agree with the above poster that it's worth it if you really hate what you do.

But honestly, now's not really a good time to make the move into corp... and it's also quite difficult finding partners willing to hire corp lawyers with 0 corp exp at 3 pqe (even if you are willing to take a damn big pay cut).

I'd say try anyway, but make sure it's what you really want to do. Seniors can usually understand making a change once, but rarely ever look kindly on assocs who make such a change twice or make a u-turn a couple of years down the road (whatever they may say).

Have you thought about switching specializations within liti?
I am the OP wanting to make the switch. Thanks for the response. Never thought of doing anything disputes related anymore because I dislike going to court.

I am thinking of going in-house (at or around the same pay) or do corp at another big 4 (likely with pay cut based on speaking to other laterals).

No guarantee I wonít hate corp, but my mindset is that if it allows me to stay in private practice and potentially enjoy it, maybe itís worth a shot? Can always go in-house later.
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I am the OP wanting to make the switch. Thanks for the response. Never thought of doing anything disputes related anymore because I dislike going to court.

I am thinking of going in-house (at or around the same pay) or do corp at another big 4 (likely with pay cut based on speaking to other laterals).

No guarantee I wonít hate corp, but my mindset is that if it allows me to stay in private practice and potentially enjoy it, maybe itís worth a shot? Can always go in-house later.
As long as you know what you are getting into. Otherwise might not look good to leave within 6 months. Arbi or investigations maybe?
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Ah they aren't lawyers! Uhmm. My parents can pay for it, but it would probably mean that they would be left without savings... that's the problem and the reason why I am so reluctant.

On reapplying, I'm plan to do it! I was planning on doing NUS law this year and then seeing how the cards fall again for oxbridge come Jan 21. But my parents still want me to go to LSE instead of NUS law. Their reasoning is that if I don't get into Oxbridge in 21, I wont be able to go to LSE bc they would probably blacklist me for being a no show this sept...

So my idea is to take NUS law, use the online semester as a kind of pre-u training for the oxbridge interviews, and see how the cards fall. But ofc, the opp cost of this choice is what happens if I cmi oxbridge again... So I guess what I'm really asking is are the prospects for LSE that good that it would trump a NUS education and justify the exorbitant international fees? Bc from what I understand, if I decide to come back (or cmi overseas in the worst case scenario) the LSE degree is kinda trash compared to NUS...
I would go for NUS. LSE is generally seen as less selective and not as prestigious compared to NUS in the local market. And if you are intending to practice in SG, NUS gives you the local connections that you don't get if you study overseas.

The relative costs of an education in LSE vs NUS, plus the risks of studying in London with its higher incidence of COVID, tilts the decision even more strongly in favour of NUS.
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