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    I guess there are two reasons for it.
    1. I am not British
    2. I went to ex-poly (Coventry University)
    3. I got fed up with not getting a TC in 2008 and went to Australia where I coached tennis instead. I also studied business and HR in Sydney.

    I had been accepted to study at the top universities, but at the time I didn't know anything about ex-poly and redbrick universities. However, I was very happy with my university. The professors were professional and many were former solicitors.

    I have AAAB in my A-Levels. I have a 2.1 in Law.
    I speak 3 foreign languages fluently and two other languages at a basic level.
    I did one VS in 2007, worked as a Paralegal in two different firms. One of them is high street and the other one is a well-known national firm.
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    From the above there are no logical reasons why you can't get a TC - it must be your applications that are letting you down. Are you spending a lot of time researching and writing them?
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    (Original post by maminushka)
    I guess there are two reasons for it.
    1. I am not British
    2. I went to ex-poly (Coventry University)
    3. I got fed up with not getting a TC in 2008 and went to Australia where I coached tennis instead. I also studied business and HR in Sydney.

    I had been accepted to study at the top universities, but at the time I didn't know anything about ex-poly and redbrick universities. However, I was very happy with my university. The professors were professional and many were former solicitors.

    I have AAAB in my A-Levels. I have a 2.1 in Law.
    I speak 3 foreign languages fluently and two other languages at a basic level.
    I did one VS in 2007, worked as a Paralegal in two different firms. One of them is high street and the other one is a well-known national firm.

    May I ask why you went to Coventry with AAAB?
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    Yes, I guess it must be my applications. However, most places I've applied to so far have a deadline at the end of July so I won't know until August if my applications were rubbish or good. I tend to spend a couple of weeks on each form. The more I do, the easier it gets to answer the questions. To be honest, I usually succeed at things when I don't spend too much time dealing with them.
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    Coming from a different country I didn't know anything about university rankings. I had been accepted to study IR and languages at University of Birmingham. Politics at University of Sheffield. Coventry was actually the worst university in terms of rankings but the only university where I applied to study law. However, I have to say that most of my lecturers were former solicitors so I believe I was given good quality education. I applied to study at Coventry because I had met a girl on a coach on the way to England who studied psychology there.
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    I would recommend getting your applications reviewed professionally or just in general by individuals who have secured a training contract. There is a story recruiters look for when they decide whether or not to take someone on, and while no two stories are the same, they share a common thread: the applicant displays commercial acumen, commercial aspirations, and the requisite competency skills of a lawyer.

    While firms focus on certain universities, they have a good reason for doing so in terms of risk management. Given this, your applications ought to display content that mitigates that risk. The best way to do so is to let the firm get to you know outside of the application process.

    There are numerous networking events available for students and non-students alike, but you will have to contact each firm's graduate recruitment representatives to determine when this is possible. If the firm knows who you are, it significantly increases your chances for consideration.

    Most applications ask if you have a contact at the firm, therefore I would make use of this. Otherwise, firms do not know who you are besides what you write on the application form, and you cannot change your academic facts. Everything else, you certainly can. Presentation, whether written or oral, is the key, and presentation skills themselves are a key competency recruiters consider.
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    I agree with you except for the 'commercial acumen' stuff. I did clinical negligence so I might be interested in other areas not the commercial ones. :-)
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    (Original post by maminushka)
    I agree with you except for the 'commercial acumen' stuff. I did clinical negligence so I might be interested in other areas not the commercial ones. :-)
    I think by "commercial acumen", the idea is not "do you know about the City?", but "do you understand that as a law firm, we are a business, here to make money and more specifically to enrich the equity partners?"
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    To clarify what I mean by commercial acumen, which still applies in clinical negligence, consider the following:

    There were X cases of negligence involving a certain medical procedure Y in the year Z. Factors that were relevant were A involving the medical sector itself, B involving the kinds of patients involved, and C involving some other relevant business sector which somehow can be attributed to the practice used in relation to A. These are a few of the kinds of information you may consider when applying laws D, E, and F in practice.

    Inevitably, lawyers understanding the business sectors or clients they advise is what makes their firm profitable, but what you decide to value when you go into the profession is entirely up to you.
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    (Original post by Clip)
    I think by "commercial acumen", the idea is not "do you know about the City?", but "do you understand that as a law firm, we are a business, here to make money and more specifically to enrich the equity partners?"
    Yes, it's clear to me that lawyers like the money a lot.
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    (Original post by maminushka)
    Yes, it's clear to me that lawyers like the money a lot.
    Pay peanuts; get monkeys.

    One of the reasons cited for the failure of the FLA 1996 was that in endeavouring to control costs in divorce, information meetings should be run by mediators who were not lawyers, but were much cheaper and similarly qualified in communicating between parties. After the failure of the pilot scheme (more people wanted divorces and legal advice after attending the information meetings), it transpired that the largest group of mediators were out-of-work actors.

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