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  • Hello,

    Thanks for the article. It is very insightful.

    I am a second year law LLB student. I have been able to get very good grades at the end of my first year (a high 2;1 which was a few marks away from a first). However, I performed very poorly in my first year by getting about 5 thirds and 1 2;2. My UCAS points are above the minimum required by most firms and I have some work experience.

    It is my first year grades that really bother me now (even though it does not count to my final degree) in terms of if it has jeopardised most or all of my chances of getting a training contract. Will firms ever consider an application with such first year grades?

    Any advice will be much appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance.

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  • Hi there,

    You have good grades and you dont need to worry about your first year grades if you have a substantial mitigating circumstance... employers are human and understand our problems sincerely.

    The difference is in expression... you can be positive and display your enthusiasm to make it up in the future... and the fact that even though you had a mitigating circumstance you did pass in the end!

    The key is being confident and accepting your weaknesses along with your strengths... be honest... and remember to write your application in a manner that your the employer forgets about your weakness... all that being said... Best of Luck!

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  • Hi

    This article if fantastic.

    I have completed my LLB and received a First and my GCSE and A-Level grades meet the academic requirements for the majority of firms. Despite this, I have not had any positive responses from firms and do not understand where I am going wrong.

    It does not help that firms are unable to provide any feedback so I am not sure what I can do to improve.

    Any further tips woud be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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  • Hi

    I completely agree with the post made above by Kirsty Cropley. I am in the same position with regards to grades, also I've carried out extensive work experience and this year completed my LPC. It really makes you wonder as to what firms are looking for?

    Any advice with regards to this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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  • Hi there,

    I've just finished my 2nd year of a 3 year Law degree and have managed to secure 3 Vacation Schemes this summer with top firms.

    My grades in first year were certainly not fantastic and I did have a couple of 2:2s in there. I think there is too much focus on how good grades are and not enough on extra curricular experience. Everyone has fantastic A-levels and GCSEs, this doesn't set you apart from anyone. Getting involved with clubs/societies at Uni and doing voluntary work or pro bono activities made the difference for me.

    I hope this helps! Best of luck to everyone

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  • Hi,
    I am going to my second year of LLB, my results were a high 2.2, Alevel results for ABB and GCSE werent the best. I am however, a director of a company, and have alot of work experience. Is it realistic for me to apply for magic circle law firms?

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  • i have done my lpc, at uni i did law, got a 2:2.
    i have done SEVERAL work placements in good family law firms and yet i am UNABLE to find a TC.
    i have reached the interview stages often but just find it impossible to succeed, as firms probably always choose someone with a 2:1. i DID get a 2:2 but i have tonnes of work expereince and i KNOW i will competentely handle a trainee/family paralegals role .
    it is frustrating to know that i have SO much experience yet just due to the fact that i got a 2:2 i cannot progress, i havea huge loan and do not want to give up my passion for family law

    any help or tips, as i have been applying for a TC/paralegal role for 1 year since passing my LPC in june 2009 and i am terribly frustrated and upset thinking i will never find anything!!!!???

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  • Sir, I am a Pakistani and wants to get admission in your college. Please send me all relative details for getting admission in your college as well as gave me a guideline. Thanks

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  • It is truly a brilliant article. It has helped me re-draft my applications. However, I am concerned as my A-levels were very bad, (D.E.E), despite those awful results I am an acedemic student and I am not sure if it would be beneficial if I re-do them?

    Could anyone please provide some advice? Kind regards

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  • I am M.A. and LLB from S.M. Law College, Karachi (1997) i have experience of legal works especially documentations and now i have submitted for Bar Council Membership, can any member would guide me about further career in Laws and i shall be thankful for this act of kindness.

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