Universities churn out record numbers of top class LLB students

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  • In the early 1960s when I graduated in Engineering half the class got "the General Degree", half the remainder got Thirds, and the remainder got Seconds not given as 2.1s or 2.2s. A First was given for the truly exceptional student and between 1945 and 1963 only 3 had been given out. (Two became world renowned engineers and the other a real waster...).
    Having done the Bar relatively late in life I have concluded that smooth and confident delivery does not always mean mastery of the subject matter, and that the law is prone to giving prominence to delivery. It is of course difficult to have an objective or absolute standard of attainment with law, either in practice or in study/training. Ten years after qualification possession of a First or whatever is not truly relevant anyway.
    Rampant oversupply will sort the sheep from the goats quickly enough in the coming years.

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  • Of course they are worth less now. For starters there's been a massive increase in the number of law students, and among those students there's been a massive increase in those receiving 2.1s or firsts. Which frankly devalues the degrees massively - scarcity in the market equals value. And a lot of the lower ranked (and universities we wouldn't recruit from, frankly) universities just started giving everyone a first, claiming it was the same as one from the higher ranked unis, and the better unis felt under massive pressure to do the same. It is a shame for everyone.

    It also leads into the huge problem now of "I've got a first class law degree, I must be guaranteed a training contract/pupillage. Mustn't I?" Hahahahaha.

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  • I think people saying law is easy are missing what the table is saying - look at Nottingham, which is one of the very top rated Unis. It gives only half of its students 2:1s, whilst other, worse Universities award a far higher percentage a 2:1. In turn, their degrees are treated equal as far as the "2:1 required to apply to this firm" is concerned, despite the fact that someone could work harder, be more intelligent and better at law and still only get a 2:2 from Nottingham. It's a disgrace.

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  • Perhaps everyone just works a lot harder nowadays and takes a degree seriously rather than as a pleasant interlude.

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