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    (Original post by MickJB1989)
    Surely with a first from Oxford, nothing can really be considered aiming too high?
    Agreed. Point is that even then the odds are against you at certain sets: i.e. the ones that interview only those with that sort of CV.
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    (Original post by MickJB1989)
    Surely with a first from Oxford, nothing can really be considered aiming too high?
    Dalian is right on this one. There are sets where every tenant has an Oxford first, or a Cambridge double first, and a huge, accomplished CV on top of that. At Blackstone or Brick Court an Oxbridge first is a necessary, not a sufficient, condition. (There are tenants at both sets who don't have degrees from Oxbridge, or don't have firsts, but they're few and far between. Their CVs are also astonishing, so unless you happen to be an exceptional case it's unlikely you'll get very far without an Oxbridge first.)
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    I agree. I have an oxbridge first but would not consider these sets. So I find it odd when people talk as if they can even though they have a 2.1 from a standard uni. The problem is that people are very unrealistic about their options.
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    (Original post by jjarvis)
    Dalian is right on this one. There are sets where every tenant has an Oxford first, or a Cambridge double first, and a huge, accomplished CV on top of that. At Blackstone or Brick Court an Oxbridge first is a necessary, not a sufficient, condition. (There are tenants at both sets who don't have degrees from Oxbridge, or don't have firsts, but they're few and far between. Their CVs are also astonishing, so unless you happen to be an exceptional case it's unlikely you'll get very far without an Oxbridge first.)
    Yes I totally agree. I've done some research on the sets you mentioned and they seem rediculously competitive. So much so infact that I know that even if I actually got a tenancy I wouldn't be comfortable in that working environment. Hopefully i'm being a bit more realistic by going for something rather different. I'm just keen to canvas advice on here to get a more balanced perspective, so thanks for replying to the thread, because a lot of my friends at Uni seem to be getting swept along on a tidal wave towards applying to top London sets.
 
 
 
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