(Original post by michael321)
As I say, I am getting this view from my parents, who know rather a lot about the area (since my dad directed a well-reputed LPC course for many years). It isn't TSR league-table chasing. My parents agreed that Nottingham edges Warwick, in terms of Law, for graduate employability.
Please understand that neither I nor they are saying that the difference is like Warwick vs Cambridge, or Nottingham vs Crapton Poly. But when I discussed this issue in depth with my parents, the message was that, if schools were to be grouped, then things would go (in no particular order within each grouping):
LSE, UCL, KCL, Durham, Bristol, Nottingham
Warwick a little bit lower, followed by perhaps Birmingham.
Newcastle, Exeter, Manchester etc., plus some of the newer Law courses (e.g. York's which is said to be very good but is still a bit of an unknown quantity).
In a rather non
-TSR view, this assessment puts LSE etc. on the same level as Nottingham, Durham and Bristol. So I'm not just a league table whore.
It is important to stress that legal recruitment is not some kind of fixed process. Some employers and recruiters will put more emphasis on university than others, and within that some will rank universities in a different order, or more or less rigidly. It is also important to stress that there are a million and one other factors involved than university choice.
But on the other hand, legal recruitment is a very cut-throat world, especially at the top (MC etc.); therefore if somewhere does have an edge, that is a factor to consider. From what my dad said, he saw Nottingham leavers being slightly more successful than Warwick leavers over a number of years.
Is there a massive difference? No. Both are very good universities, and are of a similar reputation when it comes to Law. However, the OP said that they were torn, and they didn't seem particularly swayed one way or the other. Given this, I think reputation is something they may wish to consider, and my view is a hand-me-down from someone who knows a lot about this, and with whom I've talked about this in detail (when choosing which unis to apply to for Law).
That said, I think a more compelling reason to go to Nottingham is that you won't be near Coventry.