For the top 20 Law Schools (times) The lowest entry requirement was ABB (kent) then AAB (QMUL,Bristol) the rest were AAA or higher eg. AAAc
Obviously there may have been some exceptions but ^ is what I can remember off the top of my head
Last edited by TRB; 07-05-2007 at 17:33.
Another good point!
(Original post by Nana_Julia)
And I hadn't read the bit about the GCSEs properly either - realistically with fewer than 5 Cs at GCSE and BCC in any subjects, traditional or otherwise, the OP is not going to get a pupillage.
To the OP: being a barrister is incredibly competitive. There are people with absolutely first-rate academics who don't make it. If you want to be a barrister you have to have great GCSEs, Grade As at A-level, and a 2:1 or preferably a First from one of the top universities. If you don't have these, then you are likely to be very disappointed. You are competing against some of the best students there are in order to become a barrister. Do you have any contacts at barristers' chambers who you could speak to?
I don't want to be really negative but at the same time I don't think there is any point giving you unrealistic advice, either. If you didn't get enough GCSEs to do your A-levels then the indications are that you are going to struggle to become a barrister.
Last edited by Kerrigan; 07-05-2007 at 21:33.
I wouldn't want to give you advice which gave false hope. Like the previous posters have said the Bar is abnormally competitive. Even law course's at degree level are, I know for SOAS (my first choice) there were 23 applicants per 1 place (according to the prospectus) and SOAS is v.good but its not LSE/Oxbridge, I went as a friends guest to QMUL and the head of the department said they had 3000 applicants for 150 places which is ludicrous but I take him at his word.
That being said I had a friend who did a national diploma in Public Services and then took A-Levels and got into Cardiff so its not impossible but it she got AAA in her A-levels. AAA is just so needed to get a good placement, even Magic Circle solicitors firms and regional firms like for example Burgess Salmon require AAB-AAA at A-level on top of 2:1/1st but MC is best of the best and BS is highly reputable regional so what I am saying is you will need to aim for AAA at A-level to make yourself competative.
Last edited by TRB; 07-05-2007 at 23:29.