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I was wondering which universities offer the best law undergraduate courses, I would like to be either a human rights lawyer or an solicitor.

I was wondering whether a human rights lawyer would be a better job than a solicitor.

Appreciate the help- thank you
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It really depends what sort of grades you're expecting to get - are you going to be able to get at least AAA in your A-levels?
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Well so far I am predicted BBB- but this will soon change after the summer exams .
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Human Rights "Lawyer" in the UK isn't its own thing. You can be a HR solicitor or barrister.
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Human Rights "Lawyer" in the UK isn't its own thing. You can be a HR solicitor or barrister.
Thank you - I never knew that, people told you could become a human rights lawyer
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It doesn't sound like you know much about how law works.

You don't choose between being a "human rights lawyer" and being a "solicitor".

You need to choose between being a "barrister" and a "solicitor", and then which field of law you want to go into. You could be a human rights barrister or a human rights solicitor.

In reality, from what I've heard, human rights is one of the hardest fields of law to get into. You're probably best off starting your law degree with an open mind and seeing which aspects of the course you enjoy the most.

I would recommend doing quite a bit of research into the differences between barristers and solicitors - that's something you're going to need to understand.
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Regarding which are the "best law undergraduate courses", the answer is probably Oxford and Cambridge, then LSE, UCL, Kings, Durham etc.

But unless you have AAA predictions at the very minimum those won't be options for you (and I think some require A*AA). Even if a course states AAA as the entry requirements, many applicants will be applying with A*A*A* predictions, and these are extremely competitive courses (around 20% offer rate for UCL/LSE, probably less for Oxbridge)

You're best off applying for one or two "aspirational" options, then two realistic ones (so in your case, probably AAB/ABB courses), and then one insurance choice that you know you'll definitely get into.
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Thank you - I never knew that, people told you could become a human rights lawyer
You're welcome. The point is solicitor or barrister are the routes in the UK to become a qualified lawyer. Solicitors prepare cases while barristers argue the law and present them.

If you can get your grades up and can afford it apply to Russel Group unis. KCL UCL Queen Mary Bristol...
It's very competitive out there, and HR law is very in Vogue.

As mentioned above, until you study law, you can't really know what you like. You might change your mind and find things you didnt think you'd like. Especially when you see the salaries for HR law haha
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Thank you - I never knew that, people told you could become a human rights lawyer
Do research on different types of law! There are so many options unheard of until you start the degree.

A vast amount of students want to become a HR barrister until they realise the pay isn't all that. If you are not fussed and prefer the intrinsic value then by all means go for it, just make sure to do research before hand.

As for universities, AAA, if you take the LNAT - I would suggest Uni of Nottingham, Durham, Kings college? If BBB then maybe Liverpool or Newcastle?

The university you pick must be something you pick on your own, the best university but will also cater your needs, close/far from home, quiet/busy city, etc!

Have fun deciding!

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Keep in mind that Law is very competitive, so the better university you go to, then more advantage you have. Try to get as much work experience and mini pupillages as possible during your time.
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moved to the law forum
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