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    Hello, this is my first time writing on the Student Room so bear with me please. I'm currently studying Law at Royal Holloway University of London, I did have offers from 5 Russell Group Universities, Durham being my firm and was predicted 3 A*'s. However, something clearly went wrong as I achieved ABB instead, so I secured my place through clearing.

    Now don't get me wrong, Royal Holloway University of London is a wonderful institution and it really has an 'Oxford vibe' to it, with it's beauty and it's passionate teachers. However, I am aware of the elitism of Law and know the majority of firms only take Russell Groups or top Universities. The entry grades here are AAB but the course is new, the first set of law students here will graduate next year. The University itself is really climbing the rankings too, going up 6 places this year in the times ranking it 28th and I expect it to go higher as the principal has a real drive, determined to get it into the top 20. However, Law itself does not have a ranking here until next year.

    I have however achieved ABB, which are the entry requirements for Law at Liverpool. Without being harsh, as i'm sure it's a wonderful University, I am aware that it is known for being the bottom of the Russell Groups. However, it is indeed a Russell Group University with an established Law school, but it is declining in the rankings, being ranked 40th this year. It has lower entry requirements and an overall lower ranking but has the Russell Group badge.

    As I want to be a Solicitor/Barrister (and the law school here feel confident that is achievable as it is a Uni of London and they have many links with local firms), I am deeply considering which University would be the best. If any of you could offer me any true, deep thought guidance, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.

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    its about your skill...not your past..dw about what uni you went..show in the interviews that you are better than the so called elitists
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    (Original post by username3381582)
    its about your skill...not your past..dw about what uni you went..show in the interviews that you are better than the so called elitists
    thanks, it is just a worry. I know I was capable of achieving the grades and obviously want to do the best I can.
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    (Original post by DanJamesG)
    Hello, this is my first time writing on the Student Room so bear with me please. I'm currently studying Law at Royal Holloway University of London, I did have offers from 5 Russell Group Universities, Durham being my firm and was predicted 3 A*'s. However, something clearly went wrong as I achieved ABB instead, so I secured my place through clearing.

    Now don't get me wrong, Royal Holloway University of London is a wonderful institution and it really has an 'Oxford vibe' to it, with it's beauty and it's passionate teachers. However, I am aware of the elitism of Law and know the majority of firms only take Russell Groups or top Universities. The entry grades here are AAB but the course is new, the first set of law students here will graduate next year. The University itself is really climbing the rankings too, going up 6 places this year in the times ranking it 28th and I expect it to go higher as the principal has a real drive, determined to get it into the top 20. However, Law itself does not have a ranking here until next year.

    I have however achieved ABB, which are the entry requirements for Law at Liverpool. Without being harsh, as i'm sure it's a wonderful University, I am aware that it is known for being the bottom of the Russell Groups. However, it is indeed a Russell Group University with an established Law school, but it is declining in the rankings, being ranked 40th this year. It has lower entry requirements and an overall lower ranking but has the Russell Group badge.

    As I want to be a Solicitor/Barrister (and the law school here feel confident that is achievable as it is a Uni of London and they have many links with local firms), I am deeply considering which University would be the best. If any of you could offer me any true, deep thought guidance, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.

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    Unless you want to work in Liverpool, no one will really be able to tell the difference between Royal Holloway and Liverpool. The RG badge means very little when comparing these two unis.
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    Unless you want to work in Liverpool, no one will really be able to tell the difference between Royal Holloway and Liverpool. The RG badge means very little when comparing these two unis.
    okay thank you, do you think i'll be alright then? I do really like it and I have hope that if I do the relevant leg work and get a first i'll stand in good stead regardless.
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    (Original post by DanJamesG)
    okay thank you, do you think i'll be alright then? I do really like it and I have hope that if I do the relevant leg work and get a first i'll stand in good stead regardless.
    You will be more than fine. I can't so how changing universities, when they are virtually not that different in terms of "reputation", will have any level of impact. If you were admanant on working in Liverpool only, then there would be some benefit of being geographically closer to where you want to work, and local firms/chambers are more likely to have closer links to local universities.

    Yes, Royal Holloway is a new law course and it isn't a RG uni - but the same could be said for York for the first part, and City, SOAS and Reading for the latter. Neither factors have stopped me from recruiting from those universities and I even went to Royal Holloway as a legal recruiter before it had a law faculty!
 
 
 
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