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Help! I have poor first year uni results, can I get a training contract?

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    I am a history student at the University of Exeter, and because of various reasons (although none of them really valid as mitigation), I obtained poor first year results, of around a mid third. In my second year I achieved a mid 2:1 with 2:1s in all modules, and on track for a high 2:1 in my third year. If I was to obtain this, and a similar mark in my history masters, would I have a chance at obtaining a training contract in a silver circle firm? My first year results are wholly down to the fact that I did not believe that they were of significance or that they would be scrutinised, and are not representative of my skill nor my level of commitment to my education. I also obtained A*s at A-Level and have law work experience. Should I give up and focus on a different career path? Would like to know any thoughts.

    It's definitely not impossible, especially if you finish on a high with a very good 2:1 in your degree. I would recommend trying to get as much legal experience as you can, maybe consider paralegalling as well? Make some applications, speak to law firms' recruitment teams and candidly ask them about your prospects.

    Don't underestimate the effect that making a good impression at recruitment events can have though.

    I got awful first year results, tbh run of the mill 2nd and 3rd year results and got a training contract - persistence and build up your work experience to negate them

    You wee clearly rather badly advised that your first year results weren't going to count for anything...

    Being pragmatic, there's nothing you can now do about the first year results. So I'd concentrate on getting the very best marks you can in your final year and then move on to shining at the interview. No point crying over spilt milk, and certainly don't give up making applications to competitive training contracts because of it. Nevertheless, you should be prepared to deal with it cogently should it come up at interview or selection.
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