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Feb 1st, 2008 at 2:29pm
 
Right, hello all, i look to you yet again for any help and advice!

I have just received unconditional offers to the Grad LLB and am now stuck choosing between my two top ones - Aberdeen and Glasgow.  I did my undergrad at Glasgow, live here, and am currently working at a firm in the centre of town.  Now on a practical sense Glasgow would be the far easier option, BUT I also want to give myself the best chance as far as traineeships etc go.

Now i know they are not the be all and end al but for a rough idea i have looked at some of the university league tables and as far as law goes Aberdeen is coming out very clearly on top.  But as i know what these things are rated on can be a bit skewed.  Does anyone know (solicitors esp) if i wold be shooting myself in the foot by going to Glasgow?  Is Aberdeen far more highly revered?  I know that when applying for traineeships there are many other factors involved, but simply as far as where i studied goes does anyone have any advice?

I wish to do my traineeship in glasgow, and am aware that as far as summer placements etc it would be far easier if i am here. 

Basically i am trying to glean if i were up against someone with equal grades, experience etc in theory would holding a degree from either uni be equally weighted?

Thanks for any advice guys, crazy big decision and one  I have to make soon!!
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Reply #1 - Feb 1st, 2008 at 3:43pm
 
You would not be shooting yourself in the foot by going to Glasgow.  I would say that a degree from both Unis would be weigted the same. 

If you are still living at home with your parents, you might want to beef up some of the extra-curricula activites though.  But if not and there's a degree of wider world experience then there's not really a downside.

Plus, when it comes to traineeships, it would be easier to go through to Edinburgh, Falkirk and Stirling to look for jobs from Glasgow.

Aberdeen's also a good law school choice, but you seem to be asking about negatives on picking Glasgow and I can't see that there are any.
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Reply #2 - Feb 1st, 2008 at 3:44pm
 
Wait - got one.  Glasgow's on a hill.
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Reply #3 - Feb 1st, 2008 at 3:54pm
 
Hi thanks for that,   the option to go to Aberdeen would involve moving back with the parents, at the mo i am living in Glasgow.

Well Glasgow is certainly the preferable option, so you have added a degree of calm to my troubled little mind!!

Any other opinions anyone?!?!
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Reply #4 - Feb 1st, 2008 at 6:00pm
 
Being honest, I don't think most solicitors will be biased either way. By the time you finish the LLB, assuming you do relatively well, you'll get onto the Diploma, and by doing so you'll have already shown that you're a dedicated and hard working individual. When it comes down to an interview for a traineeship after the diploma, in my experience the interviewer at that stage is more interested in the person than the university they graduated from. Plus, both Aberdeen and Glasgow have a good reputation for law in any case.
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