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Can I go to university in October 2016 and still reapply to other universities for a DIFFERENT course?
Law will be more competitive than History and so your mother is right that it would be a risky option.
There are postgraduate options if you study history and then decide you want a career in law (though it does add to the cost).
On the other hand, if you can get into Durham to do History, the chances are you could get into a high reputation university to do Law, even if it is not Durham or LSE.
Taking history at LSE or Durham is a great option to have, and I don't think that you'd regret choosing to do that.