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    Hi, I'm currently doing my GCSEs, i'm predicted a mixture of pretty decent grades, (As,A*'s, Bs) , I go to a comprehensive school, but I would really like a career as a solicitor or a barrister, is this reachable? or do the private school, Straight A*'s, rich kids only get in? thanks!


    p.s I'm quite clever and capable of working hard, if it helps.
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    I remember when I took my gcse's, half the class wanted to be a lawyer. Now, only one person is following that carreer, and he wants to do it more than anything else.

    I wouldnt worry about your carreer just yet, do your best at school, get work experience with a law firm, see if your want to be a lawyer is still there.

    Good luck
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    (Original post by James4d)
    I remember when I took my gcse's, half the class wanted to be a lawyer. Now, only one person is following that carreer, and he wants to do it more than anything else.

    I wouldnt worry about your carreer just yet, do your best at school, get work experience with a law firm, see if your want to be a lawyer is still there.

    Good luck

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    do the private school, Straight A*'s, rich kids only get in? thanks!
    In a word "No", but you will have to work very hard.
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    (Original post by jfgwills5)
    Hi, I'm currently doing my GCSEs, i'm predicted a mixture of pretty decent grades, (As,A*'s, Bs) , I go to a comprehensive school, but I would really like a career as a solicitor or a barrister, is this reachable? or do the private school, Straight A*'s, rich kids only get in? thanks!
    Technically, anyone with 'decent grades' + a Law degree from a good uni is capable of becoming a lawyer. And I know people who have gone on to study Law from comprehensive schools and become very successful.

    Being state educated is certainly not a barrier. Otherwise an extremely large proportion of the country would have no prospects whatsoever, myself included.

    So no. You don't need straight A*s at GCSE or to go to a private school, you need the requirements to study Law at university. Then you need to get a training contract or a pupillage which is possibly the hardest part but then it's your degree that matters, not your GCSE results.
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    Law is a highly competitive field, but it is worth remembering that acceptance does not only depend on a strong academic profile, but also relevent experience and extra-curricular activities. There is some evidence to suggest that it is easier to enter the profession if you attend a Russell Group University, but these tend to have better graduate employment prospects in any case. My advice would be just to continue to work hard and I am sure you will realise your potential.
 
 
 
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