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It doesn't seem that you are an active user at the moment but I thought I might give you a shout anyway. I'm slogging through the pupillage application process again this year and have managed my only second round this time round at Landmark. You mentioned that you interviewed with them last year and I was wondering if you had any pointers on what to expect in terms of format/length etc? Best of luck to you this year.
Hi Fireman John
I noticed you had posted on a three-old thread about getting TCs when you are a mature student.
I hope you won't mind my asking how it turned out for you?
You won't be surprised to hear I am in a similar situation - mature student, lots of work in a (media) commercial environment, pro bono, legal work experience etc - but no good A levels - BDD, 2.1 from an ex-poly, GDL commendation.
I have only just begun the TC hunt really, but as the rejections come in, I am beginning to wonder about my prospects...
My suspicion is that HR steers clear of mature applicants because they suspect they won't be able to fit into the ask-no-questions and work-hard world of the new trainee.
I am a bit worried about getting too down-hearted too early on in the process. I would be glad to hear any advice you have.
Hi Fireman John
Thanks for your message.
Yes, it is possible to get scholarship but yet hardly make it through the paper sift for pupillage. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that scholarship panels interview all applicants who can demonstrate academic achievement - irrespective of pre-university performance.
It's interesting, time and again I hear it argued, on here and elsewhere, that pupillage committees, faced with about 300 or so applications, are justified in turning away otherwise excellent applicants on the basis of poor pre-university education.
Yet, each Inn of Court has about double the number of applications for scholarships every year to sift through. Yet they manage to assess those applications without taking into account the applicant's pre-university education or the university at which they are studying. It leaves me wondering, if they can do it, why can't chambers?
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