Russell Group vs Non- Russel GroupWatch
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If you get a degree at a Russel Group university and lets say some else goes to a non Russel Group and gets the same degree in that profession e.g law. Then what difference does it make?
It can make a difference, some elite law firms (particularly in London) recruit from a handful of universities, in particular the Russell Group universities. Moreover, say someone who goes to a non Russell Group university studying law, say with entry requirements of ABB, unless you have grades of AAB (what most Russell Group universities expect as a bare minimum), then it's very likely that the person will be filtered out of the application process. Since, some law firms have entry requirements, so you need X amount of UCAS points. From what I know, some firms ask for a minimum of AAB at A-Level. By going to a Russell Group university, the majority of the students won't have to worry about such entry requirements, since most of them either meet or exceed it.
Plenty of Law schools in the top 40 want +AAB and are not in the Russell group eg Lancaster, UEA, Reading, being at UEA i have met many people who have AAA+,this is the case at many law schools but i see what you are trying to say about the russell groups (asides from Liverpool) asking for ABB+. The filter does exist, but law firms look at a levels holistically so if you have lower grades (not UUU level) you will have a shot always (maybe less so with large city firms). Example someone at Kent got ABC, applied to Hogan Lovells who ask for AAB i believe, they would still have a solid shot as i know people who have training contracts with lower grades than the firms ask. Elite firms ask for AAB like you said but also there are a handful (large handful) of law firms that want ABB,BBB or even no a levels (eg Slaughter and May.)
You will probably still be able to go into the legal profession with a degree from Birbeck, but giving the competition, most likely not a big city/Magic Circle law firm. So good luck as the world of law is not just big city firms and the Magic circle, I must stress that!