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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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  • Hi there,

    I am in a similar position to the comment two above mine. I didn't receive the best A levels due to extenuating circumstances and quite frankly, not working hard enough.

    However, I have stepped up my game from my first year of uni, at not the best university, but I was wondering what are the general minimum points? And do these have to be made up by only 3 A levels? If I were to achieve a first, and a masters in law from a top university would my A levels hinder my chances of getting a training contract with a top London firm?

    Thank you in advance xx

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  • hey I am currently a law student at the university of the western cape and was wondering whether there is any vacancies available for december please let me know.

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  • Slightly different position to many responding here. I'm a 2nd year non-law student. I have good grades across the board (like most going for TCs) and go to a top 5 / top 10 uni. My problem isn't academics, but extra-curricular's / experience.

    I have minimal extra-curricular activities to list, so am struggling to work out how to illustrate key competencies like leadership/initiative/teamwork (any tips at all???). I also have one lengthy internship at a top FTSE company but no legal experience. I'm hoping to get work experience for easter and summer before applying for winter vac schemes next year and hopefully then securing a TC. Does this sound like a good strategy? Will my extra curricular's let me down or will my academics make up for it? Does it sound like sufficient legal experience?

    Would hugely value any views.

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  • sir, I am doing a level but my now result is e grade in one subject can i get addmission in your college

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  • I have just finished my degree at Imperial with an overall 2.1. I have 13 modules with 2.1 or 1. However, I have 7 modules with 2.2 and 3 modules with 3. I would like to have some opinion on my chance of securing a TC with a City firm, upon my academic results only.

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  • Hi, I was wondering will I get a Vacation scheme or a 2-3 days insight event with a top law firm during my christmas vacation time? My A level grades are not so good but I am aiming for a 1st class, or 2:1 in my first year. However, I have work experience in another law firm.

    Another problem which is disturbing me is that should I join any sports team such as Cricket or American Football because firms look for sports as in activities. I'm already a member of bar society and Mooting club.

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  • This is a very insightful article indeed. i am currently in my first year of my LLB. I have a great interest in international company law however I am unaware as to which firms would be most suitable, how to contact these firms and also how marketable my experience in various countries may be given that I am British, have lived in Jamaica for many years and am also fluent in Norwegian with experience in Scandinavian countries. Is there anyone with any advice as to how I may market these attributes.

    It would be greatly appreciated

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  • Hi,
    I am forein student with a levels of CCD and got the 2:2 law honours from ARU (anglia ruskin university, cambridge), including 1st for option module in recraetional managament study. although my grade not 1st all round, i am very academic and hard working with good extra cirricular, e.g. secretary of
    ARU debating society. in competition we beat buckingham uni.

    I wanting do laws, hopefully magic circles. silver circles minimum. it possible? i know someone with 1st from ARU who paralegal at high street

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  • There are at least 3 comments above which suggest the people who authored them believe that this comment thread is some sort of application form for a law college/law firm. Where do people get this idea from?

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  • Hi all,

    I am in my 3rd (and penultimate year) of a history degree at Edinburgh university and have just gone through the vacation scheme process. I think a lot of the people commenting on here are getting too caught up in their Academic grades. I received A*A*A A at a level and I'm averaging a high 2.1 at university.

    I have recently been offered two magic circle vacation schemes for this summer but also made the point of ringing up and asking for feedback. Both of the firms said that once I had reached the minimum standard of AAB and 2.1 average at university they stopped looking at academics.

    They both repeatedly referred to extra curricular activities, which I had referenced as demonstrating the various attributes they were looking for, the wealth of past legal experience I had obtained in local high st environments, and life experiences.

    Academics are not as important as everyone makes out. Sure you have to reach a minimum standard but that just gets the foot in the door. They want hard evidence of what makes you different.

    I know this doesn't apply to all firms and I can only speak from my experience but in a career path where there is always going to be someone cleverer you need to explore other avenues of standing out.

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