Nottingham or Exeter Law? Really struggling to decide!

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Hi,

I was previously set on going to Nottingham because the reputation of the course is great, the campus is lovely, good connections and law society while the city as a whole really suited me.

However, I visited Exeter today for an offer holders day and I have to say I was really impressed. The law lecture interested me, the course sounds interesting but I just loved the overall, community feel of the uni and I saw it as somewhere I would really fit in.

My offers for both are AAA, although Exeter have offered me AAB if I firm, which is why I’m now leaning towards it but also makes me think they may be lenient if I put it as my insurance.

So, out of the two, which would you choose or is there not a major difference between the two in terms of reputation? If anyone could offer any input it’d be really appreciated.
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Don’t choose based on the rep, I doubt there’s even much difference between the two. If you prefer Exeter go there.
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Doesn't matter -- rep is the same. Not a fan of basing it is on lectures, lecturers; the bloke giving the lecture is not going to be delivering all your lectures, and even if he is, he might not be as interesting when delivering technical complex info 20 weeks in.

Notts is lenient as well. They just don't admit it.
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Doesn't matter -- rep is the same. Not a fan of basing it is on lectures, lecturers; the bloke giving the lecture is not going to be delivering all your lectures, and even if he is, he might not be as interesting when delivering technical complex info 20 weeks in.

Notts is lenient as well. They just don't admit it.
I would have thought because Notts is an LNAT uni, much lower offer rate etc it would have been better than Exeter reputation wise or am I wrong about this?

Which of the two would you lean towards?
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Don’t choose based on the rep, I doubt there’s even much difference between the two. If you prefer Exeter go there.
The problem is I’m not sure if I really have a preference as loved both and was set on Nottingham but Exeter have surprised me by how much I liked it.

I’m very conflicted by it.
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Pick the one you enjoy the most because you're going to spend 3 years there, and you don't want it to be somewhere you won't feel 'at home.'
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I would have thought because Notts is an LNAT uni, much lower offer rate etc it would have been better than Exeter reputation wise or am I wrong about this?

Which of the two would you lean towards?
I'd not have said it if I didn't think it.
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I'd not have said it if I didn't think it.
So is the ranking effectively:

Oxbridge
LSE, UCL,
Kings, Durham, Nottingham, Exeter, York, Leeds, Bristol etc
Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham etc
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I would have thought because Notts is an LNAT uni, much lower offer rate etc it would have been better than Exeter reputation wise or am I wrong about this?
It isn't

If I had to make a choice, I'd base it off the general 'vibe' of the place, not the lecture. Law departments are experts at getting lecturers who a) have had lots of positive student feedback and b) specialise in an area that is of some relevance to a layman to show their faces at these sorts of events. It's marketing, pure and simple. My uni trots out the same 5 or 6 faculty members that are all warm and lovely, but this doesn't mean that the rest of the faculty is like this.

Wouldn't firm Exeter just for the lower offer. AAA is very doable and you should be aiming for a lot more than that anyway if you're yet another TC wannabe.
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So is the ranking effectively:

Oxbridge
LSE, UCL,
Kings, Durham, Nottingham, Exeter, York, Leeds, Bristol etc
Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham etc
No.

No one cares that you went to Southampton or Sheffield over Leeds. In other words, offer rate and LNAT do not determine rep. It just so happens that a lot of the top unis require LNAT, but not all the unis using LNAT are top.

You're basing this entirely on the wrong criteria.
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So is the ranking effectively:

Oxbridge
LSE, UCL,
Kings, Durham, Nottingham, Exeter, York, Leeds, Bristol etc
Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham etc
Ranking for what? Selectiveness? Research output? Reputation?
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It isn't

If I had to make a choice, I'd base it off the general 'vibe' of the place, not the lecture. Law departments are experts at getting lecturers who have a) lots of positive student feedback and b) specialise in an area that is of some relevance to a layman to show their faces at these sorts of events. It's marketing, pure and simple.

Wouldn't firm Exeter just for the lower offer. AAA is very doable and you should be aiming for a lot more than that anyway if you're yet another TC wannabe.
Think I still want to allow for leniency as always struggled with exams unfortunately and don’t want to be stuck in a clearing situation.

Suppose that’s the issue with open days in the sense that they’re somewhat misleading as obviously the uni will go all out to make it as nice as possible.

What about Durham? I’ve got an A*AA offer from them but I’m unsure as it’s very far away and feel it’s a bit isolated - is it vastly superior?
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Ranking for what? Selectiveness? Research output? Reputation?
I was mainly basing it purely off a reputation perspective.
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Think I still want to allow for leniency as always struggled with exams unfortunately and don’t want to be stuck in a clearing situation.

Suppose that’s the issue with open days in the sense that they’re somewhat misleading as obviously the uni will go all out to make it as nice as possible.

What about Durham? I’ve got an A*AA offer from them but I’m unsure as it’s very far away and feel it’s a bit isolated - is it vastly superior?
You won't be - they'll probably let you in either way. But the added pressure is good. Most A-level students don't have enough of it.

Meh, it isn't. The one area where it could differ is the proportion of its law and non-law cohort that aspire to 'top' law jobs in London, but I haven't seen any numbers on this either way.
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I was mainly basing it purely off a reputation perspective.
Reputation in the eyes of whom?

I think that you're starting to realise that there's no list that will get you an easy answer.
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Think I still want to allow for leniency as always struggled with exams unfortunately and don’t want to be stuck in a clearing situation.

Suppose that’s the issue with open days in the sense that they’re somewhat misleading as obviously the uni will go all out to make it as nice as possible.

What about Durham? I’ve got an A*AA offer from them but I’m unsure as it’s very far away and feel it’s a bit isolated - is it vastly superior?
Isolated from what exactly? There are constant presentations and events from law firms, theres a reason why its so heavily targeted my law firms (see https://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/wh...d-universities)

Reputation wise Durham is another tier above Nottingham and Exeter, though they will not be lenient at all on the A*AA requirement.
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Isolated from what exactly? There are constant presentations and events from law firms, theres a reason why its so heavily targeted my law firms (see https://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/wh...d-universities)

Reputation wise Durham is another tier above Nottingham and Exeter, though they will not be lenient at all on the A*AA requirement.
You're using a guide that measures the presence of graduates in law firms to prove that your university is heavily visited by law firms? They're two different things. You should have linked us to the Durham LawSoc's events page or something.

Thankfully, OP's going to be assessed by someone who isn't a sixth former, so these trite distinctions between the supposed 'rep' of Durham and Notts won't be relevant to them. I still don't know why you're going on about 'rep' when J-SP has corrected you many times on this. An employer won't care.

Durham is almost guaranteed to have showed leniency to students who missed their grades (all other 'top' unis for law have - particularly when the 'miss' is a 'technical miss' where a candidate has achieved grades that are equivalent to A*AA), but I'm waiting for an FOI response on that.
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You're using a guide that measures the presence of graduates in law firms to prove that your university is heavily visited by law firms? They're two different things. You should have linked us to the Durham LawSoc's events page or something.

Thankfully, OP's going to be assessed by someone who isn't a sixth former, so these trite distinctions between the supposed 'rep' of Durham and Notts won't be relevant to them. I still don't know why you're going on about 'rep' when J-SP has corrected you many times on this. An employer won't care.

Durham is almost guaranteed to have showed leniency to students who missed their grades (all other 'top' unis for law have - particularly when the 'miss' is a 'technical miss' where a candidate has achieved grades that are equivalent to A*AA), but I'm waiting for an FOI response on that.
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Isolated from what exactly? There are constant presentations and events from law firms, theres a reason why its so heavily targeted my law firms (see https://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/wh...d-universities)

Reputation wise Durham is another tier above Nottingham and Exeter, though they will not be lenient at all on the A*AA requirement.
Going off your Dunny FOI, 64 were admitted in 16/17 after missing their conditional offer. They are lenient to a degree.
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Isolated from what exactly? There are constant presentations and events from law firms, theres a reason why its so heavily targeted my law firms (see https://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/wh...d-universities)

Reputation wise Durham is another tier above Nottingham and Exeter, though they will not be lenient at all on the A*AA requirement.
Isolated from the rest of the world.

There's a *****y town centre -- which happens to be old, on a hill and crosses over a bridge (the shops are all pleb tier) -- a couple of pubs, and an overpriced cinema. The local populace is made up of old working class people, and it's surrounded by mining villages. Every time I go into Durham I feel a little dead inside.
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Going off your Dunny FOI, 64 were admitted in 16/17 after missing their conditional offer. They are lenient to a degree.
So he managed to be wrong on 3/3 of his claims

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