Thank you very much J-SP! I will take you up on that offer, I should be done with my first app tomorrow and will send you in a PM the 6 questions that compose the vac-scheme app!(Original post by J-SP)
You are too hung up on the A-level thing to be honest - I think you seem to have an issue with it more than firms would. If a firm says their grade requirements are what you have then it is not an issue and you are not at the bottom of the pile at all. If you were then they would have a higher grade requirement.
Some of that list isn't that accurate though, particularly with the "undisclosed" firms. So do some research, speak to firms directly
It sounds like you are being quite picky with the firms you are choosing if you are still only "considering" applying to Macfarlanes and have eliminated AG from your list. Maybe it is time to have more of an open mind?
And paralegal work is better than not working. Again maybe you are being a bit close minded to how helpful it might be?
Send me a copy of a recent full application in a PM on here and I'll give you feedback on it.
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I did not disclose my full situation, sorry for seeming "stupidly picky" about firms, I really am not. The thing is, I do not snob paralegal work, but must make sure that I make the best use of the years I have ahead of me. The thing is I am an Italian student that has done his UG here in the UK, with the aim of getting a TC.
Among my work experiences is a 2 week work experience with a Top 5 Italian commercial firm with a London office and have been offered a place there. The catch is, I must be an Italian lawyer! i.e. 3-4 more years of studying (basically redoing my UG) and 1 year at least for passing my Bar exam! (It really is a numbers game unfortunately, and a very random one)
So that is why I am not thrilled to do paralegal work, for if I am very scared to spend many years and then reach a dead-end, where I could have gone back to my country (and even though I die at thinking about studying for 4-5 more years) at least be a qualified lawyer with a job 95%.
Obviously, that is my plan B. I am committed to getting a TC and working and living here in London. I do not want to write a monologue, but there are very specific and serious reasons why I want to stay here instead than go back to my home country!
Again, thanks so much for all the help you have provided me with, as soon as I am done with my first app (most likely tomorrow) I will send it your way!
Paralegaling in HK with no Chinese Language Skills
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