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A low 2.1 in my second year - chances for a good LLM?

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Why bother with a post grad course - waste of time? 17-10-2016
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    I am currently studying an LLB Law degree at Bristol. I have a 54 average in my first year (which doesn't count) and a 62 in my second year. This means that I am on track for a 2.1 degree, which is the minimum requirement for the majority of LLM programmes. My aim is to do an LLM at one of the following: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, KCL, Bristol.

    I know that Oxbridge is out of my league at this point, but is it still worth giving it a try? Will my low 2.1 be a hindrance when I apply? I will try to get good references from my subject tutors, but I don't have a good relationship with my personal tutor (long story) so it is unlikely that she will predict a high 2.1 degree for me.

    I would guess: close to zero chance of an offer at Ox/Cam; close to 100% chance of an offer everywhere else (but it may be conditional on a 65+ mark).

    Yes, I agree with Forum User.

    I only know three people who went to Oxbridge for postgraduate studies, one is a close friend, the other two are acquaintances, all three of them got firsts from their first year at our uni. My friend only got a single 2.1 in three years! Both Oxford and Cambridge are two of the best universities in the world, and they get a lot of applications each year. It's only normal that they will choose the very best applicants. I'd say there's a zero chance they'd offer you a place with a 2.1 predicted.

    Maybe if you push yourself and get a first, take a year after graduation gaining useful work experience related to the LLM you wish to study for, then maybe your chances would be better.

    Oxbridge aside, the other unis will most likely offer you a place. I know that LSE and UCL usually make conditional offers, but I've heard that KCL and Bristol don't. Offers may also depend on the particular programme you're applying for.
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