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Cardiff Uni v Nottingham Trent (Law and Law Enforcement. Watch

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    Hello. :-)

    So, I'm an access student who has a bit of a problem.

    Originally speaking, I wanted to be a police officer, but not just a bobby. I wanted to get a relevant qualification that would allow me to grow in the police force and possibly enter the NCA. I also want to get a Masters Degree so whilst I'm working in Police volunteering, I can get a fantastic education that will help me with my career.

    I figured Law would be the best, as it's probably better to know the Law than study criminology because I've heard horror stories from Humanities graduates who struggle to find work after their degree. I figured that if push came to shove after graduating with Law, that I could at least make a decent living working at a Law firm or possibly the CPS.

    Here's the problem:

    1) I applied to Cardiff University to study Law (LLB) with Criminology, however, my grades didn't cover it and they gave me an unconditional offer to study Criminology and Sociology with no mention of a BS or qualification (can't even find the qualification name on the website. However, if I were successful in my studies, then there is the chance to do a GDL at the cost of an extra year which would further qualify me with an LLB along with a Criminology degree from a reputable Russell Group University.

    2) Nottingham Trent was my insurance choice. They have offered me the full LLB course which is what I originally wanted. Their University looks fantastic and would seem like much less messing around than the path with Cardiff. Much more guaranteed than Cardiff too. However, it's not a Russell Group and there seems to be a problem with non-Russell Group students obtaining work after graduation.

    What would you guys do?


    I wouldnt worry about not getting a job after university, its more of who you know than what you know! You have to be well connected. Law is tough to get a job in afterwards due to competition, but im sure many other jobs are too! Id go with nottingham trent, it seems less hassle than cardiff

    It depends on what you eventually choose to do with your law degree. Unfortunately law is a sector that still scrutinises students based on their choice of university, with top law firms almost exclusively handing out contracts to those from Russel Group universities. Law is a highly competitive field of work and so in my view it is a no brainier that one should choose a Russel Group i.e. Cardiff over a former polytechnic i.e. Nottingham Trent.
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