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Rejected from 4/5 Uni’s, feeling very disheartened.

I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?
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Original post by latent-cheetah
I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?

You should still be proud of your achievement. Nottingham is a good university for law and quite reputable, despite it falling down the league tables in recent years. A decade ago, Nottingham was one of the most targeted universities by magic circle firms, alongside Durham, Oxbridge and Bristol. I'm looking to apply there next year as it currently is one of my top choices. Don't feel disheartened, getting into one is still better than getting into none, and you have to remember that law is an incredibly competitive course.

Wishing you the best of luck for your A levels!
Original post by latent-cheetah
I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?

Unfortunately this has become an increasingly common occurence in recent years due to law being so oversubscribed. I know lots of people who have also been in your situation, seemingly having perfect applications and stats yet struggle to get into their top choices. Nonetheless, Nottingham is a great university for law. I have been to highly selective events at almost 10 of the top law firms (including 3/5 of the magic circle firms) over the past year and at every single one, I always meet lots of solicitors as well as other students from Uni of Nottingham. I imagine the same can be said for those who go down the barrister route as well.

I know it's hard to just squash your disappointment and move on, but try and focus on getting your grades now and also on the positives. Nottingham has a great work-life balance, good sports teams, lots of societies and great nightclubs if you're interested in that. University is probably the only time when you'll have so few responsibilities and so much freedom, all while being surrounded by your friends 24/7. Going to Nottingham allows you to get a degree from a great university without having to sacrifice your social life writing multiple essays a week. I say this as someone studying law at a university where it's virtually impossible to get a first without dedicating all my time to my degree. I often think about how I potentially would have been happier if I wasn't so fussed about rankings but chose somewhere that wouldn't have harmed my career prospects at all, while also allowing me to have more free time and a social life.
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Original post by latent-cheetah
I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?

Similar situation. Rejected Oxford, Bristol, Durham. Predicted 4 A*s and 29 LNAT. Only feedback provided is that the course is competitive. Don’t understand why it has taken 7 months for them to keep with that gem…
Nottingham is a great Uni for Law.
And once you get there and get started on your degree, you'll forget you ever thought about going anywhere else.
If you don't know if Nottingham is a good university, why did you apply to it?
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Original post by latent-cheetah
I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?

Firstly massive well done on your grades and getting into Nottingham - it’s a great uni. It’s a really sociable place with so many societies and sports teams that will allow you to have fun whilst balancing such a tough degree.

Getting rejected from your top unis honestly sucks and there’s no feeling like it, so it’s understandable that you’re upset and reconsidering your options when you’re being led down a path you didn’t expect. Before you do anything, I would recommend going for a look around Nottingham - you never know if you’re going to fall in love with it and have a look at some videos from existing law students on TikTok and YouTube to get a feel for it.

If you’re still not feeling it, you do have the option of taking a gap year and reapplying with your confirmed grades, but obviously this doesn’t change that law is a very competitive course.

Good luck with everything!
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Original post by latent-cheetah
I was rejected from Cambridge (unsurprised), Durham, Bristol and York for Law. I got an offer from Nottingham. I have A*AA predicted grades (Psychology, Maths, English). And got 30/42 on my LNAT. I am feeling very disheartened, I felt as though my grades were up to par and my LNAT well above average. Is Nottingham a good uni for Law? Should I feel disheartened?


I was in the exact same page last year- got rejected from all of my top unis apart from exeter which was the one that i didnt wanna go to at all and just put down randomly as i needed a 5th option. I considered taking a gap year an reapplying but then last minute i decided to just firm it and go to exeter which was honestly the best decision ive ever made. It ended up being such a great year and i'm really loving the course and all the friends ive made- rejection is redirection!! Nottingham
is a russel group and a really good uni, so its still a great achievement and most people who go to notts love it!
Nottingham for Law is (almost) up there with Bristol. You'll be fine!

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