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    Hi guys,

    Long story short I was a completley different person in Year 11 and did no work and had no motivation. I thus only achieved 2A*'s 4B's and 4C's in my GCSES. The C's being in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

    However I finally got into gear and started working hard. I achieved AAB at school and am now on track to achieve a 2:1 at Leeds university studying Philosophy and Politics.

    I plan to do a GDL (I realise the work that has to be put in)Will law firms look down on my poor GCSES? Or will they not mind too much? Obviously I understand most candidates with have near all A's at GCSE, so I would be put at a disadvantage

    Many Thanks

    Not true that that near all candidates have mostly A's. I only had 2 or 3 A's and everything else was B's and here I am about to do my TC.

    GCSE's would matter only if you are aiming to work at a big national or multinational law firm in the City. They need a way to distinguish between the candidates so will go as far back into academics as GCSE's. If you want to work in a highstreet/ regional firm, it won't matter as much. Most firms want a 2.1 and at least AAB in A Levels. Everything else comes down to experience and networking and getting to know the work solicitors do and understanding that a law firm is a business which sells a service ie commercial awareness.
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