Rusell group university or solicitor apprenticeship?

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Hi, I’m currently confused in which option I should do so I’m wanting to hear other people’s opinions.

Is it worth going to a Rusell group university studying law and doing the normal route or doing a solicitor apprenticeship and going to a non rg university

One of the main aspects that was drawing me into university is making friends but my cousins ( who are similar age to me ) have told me it’s quite hard making friends now at university since a lot of ppl are introverted and keep to themselves.
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Do you have an offer for a solicitor apprenticeship? Do you have an offer to study law at an RG university? If yes to both, which firm and which university?

This is one of those how long is a length of string questions because we know nothing about you or your options.
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Do you have an offer for a solicitor apprenticeship? Do you have an offer to study law at an RG university? If yes to both, which firm and which university?

This is one of those how long is a length of string questions because we know nothing about you or your options.
Sorry I wasn’t very clear

I’ve seen a few vacancies for the apprenticeship, so I don’t know if I should apply but the firms involved are either local or nationwide ( not magic circle ) and the length of it is 6 years with 4 days working and one day at university. The universities involved are usually 40th- 50th in the league table.

As for the Rusell group universities that I applied too they’re not the top but I’d say mid range ( under the top 20 for law in the league table )

I’m just wanting to hear some opinions as I’m kind of confused on which option I should do
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Sorry I wasn’t very clear

I’ve seen a few vacancies for the apprenticeship, so I don’t know if I should apply but the firms involved are either local or nationwide ( not magic circle ) and the length of it is 6 years with 4 days working and one day at university. The universities involved are usually 40th- 50th in the league table.

As for the Rusell group universities that I applied too they’re not the top but I’d say mid range ( under the top 20 for law in the league table )

I’m just wanting to hear some opinions as I’m kind of confused on which option I should do
Depends on what your grades and aspirations are. A realistic Oxbridge, UCL, etc candidate wouldn't want to settle for the kind of firm that offers apprenticeships and miss out on the experience of studying at these universities (both academically and in the wider sense). They may also be genuinely interested in their course! A weaker candidate whose main or only concern is employability and who can only hope to get into firms of that calibre via TC applications anyway might go for the apprenticeship. There are also other factors involved, such as family wealth & support.

NB I don't think that the university you do your apprenticeship at matters. You have your job and your experience.
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Really depends on what type of lifestyle you want. If you’re not the keen on the academic environment and socialising, e.g. typical uni stuff, then you’d probably be better off doing the apprenticeship. On the other hand, if you want to have that uni experience then obviously you’d want to go to uni. I’m in first year atm and ngl it has been hard meeting new people and making new friends, especially when I’m living at home, but its not impossible and honestly it should be easier when uni starts this September and everything is relatively back to normal.
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Depends on what your grades and aspirations are. A realistic Oxbridge, UCL, etc candidate wouldn't want to settle for the kind of firm that offers apprenticeships and miss out on the experience of studying at these universities (both academically and in the wider sense). They may also be genuinely interested in their course! A weaker candidate whose main or only concern is employability and who can only hope to get into firms of that calibre via TC applications anyway might go for the apprenticeship. There are also other factors involved, such as family wealth & support.

NB I don't think that the university you do your apprenticeship at matters. You have your job and your experience.
Thank you, I think I have better clarification now
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Really depends on what type of lifestyle you want. If you’re not the keen on the academic environment and socialising, e.g. typical uni stuff, then you’d probably be better off doing the apprenticeship. On the other hand, if you want to have that uni experience then obviously you’d want to go to uni. I’m in first year atm and ngl it has been hard meeting new people and making new friends, especially when I’m living at home, but its not impossible and honestly it should be easier when uni starts this September and everything is relatively back to normal.
I’m not bothered about uni lifestyle like partying, the only thing I wanted was to make friends. Have you made any friends so far at uni?
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I’m not bothered about uni lifestyle like partying, the only thing I wanted was to make friends. Have you made any friends so far at uni?
Yeah I am the same, I’m not the partying type. Yeah I have made a few friends on my course and some on different courses but not much compared to other people who experienced uni before COVID. Also, I am living at home so doesn’t really give me an opportunity to socialise like those who have an accom. However, I am getting an accom for 2nd year and I know it’ll be much easier to meet more people. If you are going to be living at home ngl it might be harder to meet new people unless you make an effort to travel to uni and participate in societies, etc.
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Thank you, I think I have better clarification now
If you're worried about making friends, consider that most people don't really stay in touch with most of their university mates after they graduate (especially once they find a partner and/or move cities), and that making friends will come at a pretty hefty pricetag. You have to pick the university route because you want all of the benefits that offers, not just for the prospect of a slightly better social life.
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