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Edinburgh University Law School

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Aurea Tue 12-Jun-18 14:43:07

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I'd be very grateful for any feedback on Edinburgh University Law school. My son is hoping to apply and I've heard mixed reports. Its league table placements isn't great either. His other option is Glasgow. We are Scottish and he's likely to receive offers from both based on his exam results and super curriculars (here's hoping!).

Many thanks

readsalotgirl63 Tue 12-Jun-18 19:28:38

DD ( and I) visited open days at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Strathclyde. DD also visited Aberdeen by herself.

She applied to Glasgow , Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Dundee. I felt applying to Edinburgh was a bit of a waste as the percentage of Scots applicant getting offers was around 60% but dd was impressed by the open day and liked it.

She did not get an offer from Edinburgh but got a conditional from Glasgow and unconditionals from Dundee, Aberdeen and Strathclyde based on AAAAB at Higher. The applicant days at Glasgow and Dundee were impressive and Strathclyde was awful so she firmed the conditional from Glasgow and had Dundee as insurance.

She has now just completed her first year at Glasgow and absolutely loves it.

My impression of Edinburgh was that the pastoral support was good but that they were resting on their reputation. I also feel they were more interested in attracting students who would be paying ( i.e overseas or RUK). A friend who's son was at Edinburgh ( not studying law) found a predominance of overseas and RUK students - in one class he was the only Scottish student. He also found that some classes he had wanted to do didn't run because the academic was on research leave.

I do have to declare an interest in that I am a a Glaswegian graduate of Glasgow Uni - but having said that I was really impressed with Dundee and was quite disappointed that dd didn't go there .

Hope that helps

Aurea Tue 12-Jun-18 20:27:20


Thank you for your input.

That's great your daughter is enjoying Glasgow. Can I ask what her Conditional offer was? Can I also ask if the Lecturers are engaging and give thorough and timely feedback. I think this was one of the criticisms of Edinburgh.

My son is 'hoping' for 6As or 5As and a B. He's currently starting AHs in Modern Studies , RMPS and Music. He goes to a State school in Scotland. He's been doing a lot to increase his chances of receiving an offer off his own bat - President of debating society, entering Law essay competitions, Law work experience etc. He's hopeful he will get several offers.

He's also going to try for Oxford (long shot), Aberdeen and Dundee.

Many thanks smile

celtiethree Tue 12-Jun-18 21:11:02

Just had a quick look at the offer rates for Edinburgh Uni for the School of Law. For Scottish students:

2015 - 22%, 2016 - 17%. 2017 - 21%

Offer rates for English students it a bit higher - not as significant a difference as other courses where the English offer rate can be more than double the Scottish offer rate. Possibly because English students prefer to study Common Law in England?

International offer rates are greater than 50%.

readsalotgirl63 Tue 12-Jun-18 21:51:55

DD's conditional offer was 2 B's at AH - apparently this is now on U of G website. She did ask at Applicant day if AC at AH would eb acceptable instead and was told no ( by a scary lady !). She did AH Modern Studies, English and an OU module Introduction to Law in Contemporary Scotland. She says this has been useful.

DD says some lecturers are very engaging others not so much - feedback is timely and some is better than others. Some give lots of feedback and others less. She says from what others say that academic advisors are very good. On the whole it has been a very positive experience .

DD was told that they look for "interesting people" and that it would be a combination of LNAT, personal statement and exam results.

prettybird Tue 12-Jun-18 22:50:29

A friend of mine's dd did Law at Aberdeen and graduated about 5 or so time flies blush years ago. She seems to have had a good career since, starting initially with Brodies and is now with McRoberts, specialising in law related to renewables (as far as I can make out from her mum) (might have got the firms the wrong way around blush)

Ds is off to Aberdeen in September to do International Relations (has an unconditional) and is hoping to do Internaional Law as a module and possibly continue it, even to a joint degree. He says that Aberdeen has a good employability record in the field (I leave that research up to him: it's his degree).

I know that doesn't answer your question re Edinburgh grin - but maybe it will give your ds confidence in putting Aberdeen down as one if his 5 choices.

He only went to the Aberdeen Open Day under duress from me (Edinburgh was his first choice) - but loved it.

Aurea Tue 12-Jun-18 23:15:06

Thank you for comments, input and advice. It gives a lot of food for thought.

I appreciate that whether he studies, he's likely to settle and ultimate work so it's an important decision. Aberdeen is definitely on the list but he grew up there and then moved 15 Miles outside the city; there is no novelly factor for him in Aberdeen which is a bit of a shame.

readsalotgirl63 Wed 13-Jun-18 18:21:28

I did try to persuade dd that staying at home for first year would have advantages but she was keen to move away.

She has really enjoyed living in Glasgow and I think she would have been happy in Edinburgh or Dundee also. We are in rural Aberdeenshire so she is enjoying the buzz of a big city.

BTW Glasgow asks for the LNAT which you have to arrange to sit and pay for yourself. think your ds is going into S6 - if he hasn't begun to investigate that and do a little bit of practice then the summer holidays are a good time to do that.

prettybird Wed 13-Jun-18 18:33:50

I can understand why Aberdeen is lower on your ds' list of preferences Aurea - that's exactly why ds is going to Aberdeen and turned down Strathclyde (and didn't apply to Glasgow Uni) wink as he didn't want to go to his "home" Uni.

We've already booked his accommodation smile

Aurea Thu 14-Jun-18 08:49:56

Yes. I liked the feel of Aberdeen too. He's off (alone) to Glasgow for the Open Day today, so we will see what he thinks on his return.

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