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Good Law Firms (London) - Vac Schemes for Second-Year

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    Although, I've made a thread before about my chances for success at good law firms, I supplied my full grades profile and emphasised about success at them (meaning training contracts etc).

    Well, I've just received my grades for first year (averaging 2.1 [61%]) and they were as follows - 68,67,63,61,58,50.

    Are these okay to secure vacation schemes for second-year?
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    Hey I am in first year and got my results-i think you have a good chance-2.1 depends on law you want to do
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    Unless your grades are total rubbish, I would say it's more important that you can demonstrate that you have something interesting to offer over and above the usual obligatory "outside interests".

    Unless you're at one of the extremes of the spectrum of candidates; there's no "am I good enough?" There's only "Fill out the application and see what happens".
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    What was the 50 in, out of interest?
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    i.e. a higher contract grade is desirable-like jam on toast
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    (Original post by Aspiringlawstudent)
    What was the 50 in, out of interest?
    Unfortunately public law. I have no idea what happened there - and it was the module that I was most interested in! Ironically, my highest was Land (supposedly, the most 'challenging').

    Why do you want to know?
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    "Are these okay to secure a vac scheme" - they're not horrendous so it's really all about what you write on the rest of the application. Grades are only the 1st hurdle; they are not the be all and end all of getting a vacation scheme.
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    J.D SPICER & CO

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    (Original post by UniversalAutocrat)
    Although, I've made a thread before about my chances for success at good law firms, I supplied my full grades profile and emphasised about success at them (meaning training contracts etc).

    Well, I've just received my grades for first year (averaging 2.1 [61%]) and they were as follows - 68,67,63,61,58,50.

    Are these okay to secure vacation schemes for second-year?
    You'll probably be asked about the 50, and possibly about the 58, but it's not fatal. I have a friend who got an overall 2:ii in her first year who got multiple MC TC offers.
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    (Original post by ken2)
    J.D SPICER & CO

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
    Why are you posting a random firm's name? Is there a hint here?
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    (Original post by UniversalAutocrat)
    Why are you posting a random firm's name? Is there a hint here?
    Not random, thought you wanted to know "Good Law Firms"
    Plus im quiet acquainted with them...

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
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    (Original post by ken2)
    Not random, thought you wanted to know "Good Law Firms"
    Plus im quiet acquainted with them...

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    Oh ok. Well if you'd read the OP (maybe you have), you'd realise that I wanted some advice as regards my grades in relevance to vac schemes in the 2nd year.

    P.S. If I shot off a CV and covering letter to JD Spicer & Co today, do you think I'd get something for this summer (with the grades and all too)?
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    (Original post by UniversalAutocrat)
    Oh ok. Well if you'd read the OP (maybe you have), you'd realise that I wanted some advice as regards my grades in relevance to vac schemes in the 2nd year.

    P.S. If I shot off a CV and covering letter to JD Spicer & Co today, do you think I'd get something for this summer (with the grades and all too)?
    Not that type of acquaintance... but trust me if it was possible i would more than welcome to help out a fellow TSR mate.
    I know they are big firm thats why i requested for you.
    For me to get you in will be such a long process; it aint worth it.
    You can go there directly if you need!

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    There are a lot of great law firms in London.

    I come from a family of lawyers (Two of my uncles, my aunt, my father, my sister, my brother, my brother in law and two of my cousins and counting...!) so I have been exposed to quite a lot of law firms in London.

    It depends what size law firm you are looking for. Some are better than other for trainee schemes. I would recommend checking out the following:

    Clifford Chance

    A bit of an obvious one- these guys are the biggest in the UK and, along with Linklaters, they may well be the best. They have a huge graduate trainee program that is supposed to be amazing but it is extremely hard to get on and, once on, they really do work you to the bone.

    http://www.cliffordchance.com/home.html

    http://www.cplaw.co.uk/default.asp


    Linklaters

    As with the above, these guys are one of the biggest and most reputable law firms in the world. They also have a very competitive, very hard working trainee scheme. The advantage is that they will give you the option to train in different countries throughout your training, so you could be in London for a few months, then New York, Then Beijing... pretty cool!

    http://www.linklaters.com/pages/index.aspx


    If you are looking for something a little smaller then I recommend looking at a local solicitors. I can recommend the following two:

    CP Law

    They are smaller but very good and, I believe, have a great program.

    http://www.cplaw.co.uk

    Shakespeares

    These guys aren't based in London but are one of the larger regional solicitors and are a great start

    http://www.shakespeares.co.uk

    Anyway, I hope this helps. I'm sure that there are a lot more great law firms out there but these are the ones that I know to have good training. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try to help!
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    There are a lot of great law firms in London.

    I come from a family of lawyers (Two of my uncles, my aunt, my father, my sister, my brother, my brother in law and two of my cousins and counting...!) so I have been exposed to quite a lot of law firms in London.

    It depends what size law firm you are looking for. Some are better than other for trainee schemes. I would recommend checking out the following:

    Clifford Chance

    A bit of an obvious one- these guys are the biggest in the UK and, along with Linklaters, they may well be the best. They have a huge graduate trainee program that is supposed to be amazing but it is extremely hard to get on and, once on, they really do work you to the bone.

    http://www.cliffordchance.com/home.html



    Linklaters

    As with the above, these guys are one of the biggest and most reputable law firms in the world. They also have a very competitive, very hard working trainee scheme. The advantage is that they will give you the option to train in different countries throughout your training, so you could be in London for a few months, then New York, Then Beijing... pretty cool!

    http://www.linklaters.com/pages/index.aspx


    If you are looking for something a little smaller then I recommend looking at a local solicitors. I can recommend the following two:

    CP Law

    They are smaller but very good and, I believe, have a great program.

    http://www.cplaw.co.uk

    Shakespeares

    These guys aren't based in London but are one of the larger regional solicitors and are a great start

    http://www.shakespeares.co.uk

    Anyway, I hope this helps. I'm sure that there are a lot more great law firms out there but these are the ones that I know to have good training. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try to help!

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