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I'm planning on either doing the LLB in a Russell group Uni, or doing a different course in a non RG uni and then doing the GDL. If I take the GDL, would doing an undergraduate degree in a non RG uni cause issues for me in the future if I want to work in a top city firm, or a national firm?
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I'm planning on either doing the LLB in a Russell group Uni, or doing a different course in a non RG uni and then doing the GDL. If I take the GDL, would doing an undergraduate degree in a non RG uni cause issues for me in the future if I want to work in a top city firm, or a national firm?
why do you want to do both the GDL and the LLB?
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you want to work in a top city firm; just make sure you go to a good uni. whether it's an RG uni is irrelevant tho. employers are not that narrow minded.

tbh your degree is just one aspect of your resume and if you want to compete, you need to think more broadly. a BA alone isn't going to cut it if you want to be Harvey Specter. what will you do to make yourself stand out in the pile of resumes?
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(Original post by Jibran 2001)
I'm planning on either doing the LLB in a Russell group Uni, or doing a different course in a non RG uni and then doing the GDL. If I take the GDL, would doing an undergraduate degree in a non RG uni cause issues for me in the future if I want to work in a top city firm, or a national firm?
Why would you do a GDL and an LLB?
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Going to a rg university is literally irrelevant, you can get in via clearing so it doesn't distinguish you whatsoever. If you want to be in a top city firm, it's Oxbridge, UCL or LSE. Even then be prepared to excel in every other area of your character to build a resume that might get considered in the first round of applications. Be realistic.
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(Original post by Jibran 2001)
I'm planning on either doing the LLB in a Russell group Uni, or doing a different course in a non RG uni and then doing the GDL. If I take the GDL, would doing an undergraduate degree in a non RG uni cause issues for me in the future if I want to work in a top city firm, or a national firm?
Directly: doesn't matter, 'reputation' isn't relevant to most firms
Indirectly: depends on the specific RG uni and how it compares to the non-RG uni

If the firm you're applying to happens to really care about where you studied (and what your undergraduate grades were), the GDL won't 'launder' anything. They'll still see the undergrad uni on your application or CV.
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If you want to be in a top city firm, it's Oxbridge, UCL or LSE. .
Where on earth did you get this from?
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why do you want to do both the GDL and the LLB?
I'm sorry if is pins confusing. I have 2 routes. Either doing the LLB in an RG uni OR doing a different course in a non RG uni and then taking the GDL route. My qualifications would allow me to do Law at uni of York, but they won't allow me to do any other course in any RG uni that's close to me, because I have a BTEC and not A-Levels (granted they are equivalent...)
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you want to work in a top city firm; just make sure you go to a good uni. whether it's an RG uni is irrelevant tho. employers are not that narrow minded.

tbh your degree is just one aspect of your resume and if you want to compete, you need to think more broadly. a BA alone isn't going to cut it if you want to be Harvey Specter. what will you do to make yourself stand out in the pile of resumes?
I've read about all these dreadful posts regarding people that won't even be considered for a top city firm simply because they did Law or a different degree in a Non RG uni...
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why do you want to do both the GDL and the LLB?
That isnt what they wrote. Read it again.
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I've read about all these dreadful posts regarding people that won't even be considered for a top city firm simply because they did Law or a different degree in a Non RG uni...
wat?

i would take everything you read on forums with a grain of salt. they are written by a specific person with a specific, prejudiced experience. if they write they didn't get a job because they 'didn't go to an RG uni' they are probably misinformed/making excuses.

employers look at your entire resume. they want to know that you can actually work in an office environment; that you have more than a lazy or general interest in law. that's why your degree is only a small part of your resume. anyway, realistically if you see yourself in a 'top firm' it would make sense that you went to at least a good school, right?
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Everyone saying that employers consider 'every part of your character and personality', is misguided. At city firms, you will get a few seconds of attention and your University name is the only thing that will keep them around.
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If you want to be in a top city firm, it's Oxbridge, UCL or LSE.
Wait, are you suggesting that there are other universities then?! wtf...
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I'm sorry if is pins confusing. I have 2 routes. Either doing the LLB in an RG uni OR doing a different course in a non RG uni and then taking the GDL route. My qualifications would allow me to do Law at uni of York, but they won't allow me to do any other course in any RG uni that's close to me, because I have a BTEC and not A-Levels (granted they are equivalent...)
I think it's better to have a 3 year law degree rather than 1 year diploma and especially if if you do it at a Russel group university. So, in my opinion. you should do law at York.

In my opinion, you have better chances of getting accepted at a good firm if you study law at York rather than to do the GDL. Even though in GDL you learn everything that you need to know as a 'lawyer'.

You can go abroad with your LLB (hons) and exercise law. Something that you cannot do with your GDL. Most universities that are abroad are asking for a LLB (hons). So, if you do your GDL you have to stay in the UK or go to a country that does accept it.

So, go to York just because you can go abroad.

And to answer your question, no, it doesn't matter where did you go to do your GDL.
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Everyone saying that employers consider 'every part of your character and personality', is misguided. At city firms, you will get a few seconds of attention and your University name is the only thing that will keep them around.
You really haven't gone through the process or spoken to HR, have you? It's painfully obvious...
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You really haven't gone through the process or spoken to HR, have you? It's painfully obvious...
stupid question, but how does it work? lol
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stupid question, but how does it work? lol
You send in an application form
They skim through it looking for things that would insta-reject you (university name isn't one of them, university grades may be) + read through your answers to the long-form questions. Suffice to say that this review takes several minutes per candidate, not "a few seconds". If anything, some grad recruiters print out all of the applications because it makes reading the long answers easier.

You may have to do some silly online tests or video interviews at some point, though their nature and timing depends on the firm. You've then got the interview/assessment day, which is a different matter.
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You really haven't gone through the process or spoken to HR, have you? It's painfully obvious...
stupid question, but how does it work? lol

(Original post by J Papi)
You send in an application form
They skim through it looking for things that would insta-reject you (university name isn't one of them, university grades may be) + read through your answers to the long-form questions
You may have to do some silly online tests or video interviews at some point, though their nature and timing depends on the firm

Then you've got the interview/assessment day, which is a different matter
what would be the things that would "insta-reject" you? (i understand these questions might be considered dumb, but im trying to take in as much information as possible before jumping into something as important as this)
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stupid question, but how does it work? lol


what would be the things that would "insta-reject" you? (i understand these questions might be considered dumb, but im trying to take in as much information as possible before jumping into something as important as this)
Too many grades that are 2.2 and below, a 2.2 or Third overall, completely irrelevant module choices/postgraduate specialism if you're a law student, lack of work experience (or lack of relevant work experience), typos or poor grammar/punctuation/sentence structure, not answering a question or not answering it in enough depth, not having enough experience to answer the competency questions, etc. A lot of non-law students seem to be caught out on the basis that they haven't done enough to indicate that they want to commit to a legal career as opposed to any other career.

You might want to read through Jess's thread on TCLA: https://www.thecorporatelawacademy.c...anything.1557/. You can sign up on that forum and ask her questions directly.
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Directly: doesn't matter, 'reputation' isn't relevant to most firms
Indirectly: depends on the specific RG uni and how it compares to the non-RG uni
The RG uni is - University of York
The non-RG uni is-... university of bradford😐

I don't care if I'll end up in a top city firm (even if that is the ultimate goal) a national firm or even a regional firm would do

I don't think Bradford would even be CONSIDERED for a city firm.....
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