Are my academics good enough?

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  • If you got onto a City vac scheme then that in itself is a sign that you probably shouldn't be considering hanging up the towel now. Then again, your apparent fixation on the City and readiness to give up now are signs that you should choose something else. Some of those "tiny" regional firms you dismiss often provide training and careers comparable to the City whilst letting you have a life beyond the office door.

    If you are willing to swallow some pride and apply to the regional firms, you may make it. Then again, you would have to stop looking down on them so much as it will come across in assessment centres and you will be out the door with no TC faster than you can say "magic circle".

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  • The regional firms are some of the best in the UK, they provide the best training contracts with a very good salary (out of London) with a good work life balance. You should focus I other aspects of your personality and experience rather than just your grades. Apply to somewhere you'd like to live, and the firm you'd like to work for. My advice would be to apply for vac schemes and open days in order to test the potential firms out! :-)

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  • If you are certain that the City isfor you - and you have to be sure that having no life out of the office is for you - then exploit those contacts you will have made at that City vac scheme. Ask their advice, where they graduated from, what extra-curricular impresses their recruiters the most...you know the drill!

    That said, all is not lost by doing your non-law undergraduate degree at a non-Russell group Uni. Perhaps find out which law schools your preferred City firms would prefer your GDL and LPC to be studied at and that may well count better than doing the LLB at a Russel Group.

    Take comfort in the fact you were able to get the vac scheme - they are nearly as competetive as the TC's and the fact you have one means they know your face and if they want to work with you or not. The fact you have gotten that far with your non-Russell group degree shows you do not need to panic just yet.

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