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    (Original post by DOHHammie)
    Is there any way that I can explain that in my applications that a C in one of my A-Levels was one mark off a B, and that this subject was largely self-taught due to a teacher regularly taking leave to assist his ill wife?

    I want firms to know about this but I really don't think this qualifies as a mitigating circumstance (correct me if I'm wrong)
    Why not include it if you think it might be and the firm themselves can then take that decision if they think the circumstances warrant it? Could be the difference between an interview and pfo?
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    (Original post by DOHHammie)
    Is there any way that I can explain that in my applications that a C in one of my A-Levels was one mark off a B, and that this subject was largely self-taught due to a teacher regularly taking leave to assist his ill wife?

    I want firms to know about this but I really don't think this qualifies as a mitigating circumstance (correct me if I'm wrong)
    i don't think it counts as a mitigating circumstance - as hard as i can understand it would be , it comes across as more of an excuse , and they will think you should have taken issue with your school who should have provided adequate replacements etc.

    but you could put it in if there is an 'additional info' section rather than attesting it to be a mitigating circumstance?
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    (Original post by katherine.l1995)
    Magic circle, Silver circle and US firms won't take anyone without at least 65% overall and 2.1 in almost all modules! AAA-AAB in A levels also required.
    Completely wrong - please stop sharing incorrect advice.

    You do not need at least a 65%.. many have gotten in with lower.


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    Has anyone applied to Simmons & Simmons? Are we meant to receive the situational judgement test link automatically after submitting application or after its been reviewed?
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    (Original post by giggy12s)
    Has anyone applied to Simmons & Simmons? Are we meant to receive the situational judgement test link automatically after submitting application or after its been reviewed?
    I believe it's automatically sent and then assessed alongside your application form.

    My test was sent the day after I submitted the form and then I got a PFO the day after that
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    Has anyone applied to Slaughter & May?

    If so, how did you go about the application form?
    They say the CL need not be long, but should just include basic information? So, no why law? Why SM and so on?
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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    Has anyone applied to Slaughter & May?

    If so, how did you go about the application form?
    They say the CL need not be long, but should just include basic information? So, no why law? Why SM and so on?
    I didn't include any of that because they seemed to be pretty adamant that it didn't require it - they seemed to want short and succinct , to the point etc.
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    (Original post by hotliketea)
    I didn't include any of that because they seemed to be pretty adamant that it didn't require it - they seemed to want short and succinct , to the point etc.
    So you only included things like explanation of education gaps/extenuating circumstances as they mention?

    Also, my CV is currently 2 full pages long - reckon that should be fine?
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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    So you only included things like explanation of education gaps/extenuating circumstances as they mention?

    Also, my CV is currently 2 full pages long - reckon that should be fine?
    Yes, you are right. But it depends, some people wrote standard cover letters (like why law why slaughters) and got through to the interview stage and for others, including myself, i simply wrote something along the line of im applying for your tc and have attached my cv and look forward to hearing from you blah blah. So it is up to you, but if you choose the former, just be prepared to be asked questions on your cover letter
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    For those who submitted an HSF app, when I printed my application i got my answers as one massive para, as opposed to 5 different ones like on my word doc - is there a way to fix this?
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    Anyone know if Sidley Austin is rolling basis for winter vs?
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    cvmail is down.........
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    Is Cvmail working for anyone?
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    (Original post by *Stefan*)
    So you only included things like explanation of education gaps/extenuating circumstances as they mention?

    Also, my CV is currently 2 full pages long - reckon that should be fine?
    yep - it seemed more emphasis was placed on grades and usually places are explicit if they want you to go into why them , but if you want to then go for it. i just hate cover letters haha

    my CV is also 2 full pages - qualifications are a killer. it's fine
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    (Original post by vacschemestudent)
    Yes, you are right. But it depends, some people wrote standard cover letters (like why law why slaughters) and got through to the interview stage and for others, including myself, i simply wrote something along the line of im applying for your tc and have attached my cv and look forward to hearing from you blah blah. So it is up to you, but if you choose the former, just be prepared to be asked questions on your cover letter
    I see... I decided to do the same as you (+an explanation of another qualification). I guess the interview (if I get one that is) will still focus on the usual stuff that most people mention in their cover letter, such as why law, why SM and so on.

    (Original post by hotliketea)
    yep - it seemed more emphasis was placed on grades and usually places are explicit if they want you to go into why them , but if you want to then go for it. i just hate cover letters haha

    my CV is also 2 full pages - qualifications are a killer. it's fine
    Alright cool... sent it off and just included the basic info. Best of luck with your application!
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    Hey everyone!

    I will be attending an interactive applications workshop at Shearman & Sterling. A little unsure about what is expected in terms of preparation for questions. Also will it be assessed?

    Thanks!
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    Did anyone get the "we have requested your academic reference" email from Jones day and not get an interview?


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    (Original post by grisham)
    Did anyone get the "we have requested your academic reference" email from Jones day and not get an interview?


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    Heyy!

    I did! But then I think I received this email when others were already getting interviews and when it was posted on here that apparently all positions for WVS were full! And then I got the rejection the other day! What about yourself??
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    (Original post by graduated2016)
    Heyy!

    I did! But then I think I received this email when others were already getting interviews and when it was posted on here that apparently all positions for WVS were full! And then I got the rejection the other day! What about yourself??
    Do they not automatically consider you for their other VS since upon applying they ask you for preferences?
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    (Original post by graduated2016)
    Heyy!

    I did! But then I think I received this email when others were already getting interviews and when it was posted on here that apparently all positions for WVS were full! And then I got the rejection the other day! What about yourself??
    Have only got the first email, but wondering what likely outcomes will be
 
 
 
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