Originally Posted by GDM
Did you know that Trinity ranks 60th place out of 200( it may be 100 I can't rmember) on a list of well respected colleges and universiteis in the world. I've said it and I know people in Trinity that have said it, the only people that think Trinity is the be all and end all are the students and lecturers who go there.
Where I went(although I wouldn't really rate it) we had 12 hours of lectures(three per subject) and four hours of tutorials, we told to spend at least twenty hours in the library/Studying but it(the library) was a joke.
I assume you mean the Shanghai rankings http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academi...d_Universities
Which with it's heavy emphasis towards science (universities are given points for number of nobel laureates that went there and field medal winners), it disadvantages universities such as TCD with a large Humanities faculty. For example places like ucsd (13) and uni pennslyvania (15)are ranked very highly, whilst places like the London School of Economics get a very low ranking (203-300, same as TCD incidently). For those who care, UCC and UCD both got 401-500.
Using these rankings, especially for deciding which law course best seems misguided.
Law is mostly a self learned subject, the lecture tells you the basic details of concepts and principles in a lecture. You go into further detail in seminars, however most of your learning will be done in the library in the runup to exams.