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Need your help guys with the deadlines fast approaching, I want to apply to a law firm with a varied practice as I do not know what area of commerce particularly interests me at present. I have ABB at A-Level and I got a 2:2 in my first year but a 2:1 (66%) in my second year. I am also a law student at Oxford Brookes University.

Are there any law firms you guys would recommend I apply to based on this.

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Do you want to focus more on commercial law or work with private individuals?

small or large firm? London or elsewhere?

I recommend you have a look at the training contract and pupilage handbook (your careers service should have plenty of copies) for an idea of what firms do what.
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[QUOTE=legalwannabe;40826661]Do you want to focus more on commercial law or work with private individuals?

small or large firm? London or elsewhere?

I recommend you have a look at the training contract and pupilage handbook (your careers service should have plenty of copies) for an idea of what firms do what.[/Q

Thank you I have done that. I want to do commercial law, however I was wondering whether there are any realistic firms out of those in the handbook to apply to considering my background.
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Thank you I have done that. I want to do commercial law, however I was wondering whether there are any realistic firms out of those in the handbook to apply to considering my background.
Apologies, I misread your initial post and missed the commercial bit!

How about smaller, but still well regarded firms, such as Nabarro, Irwin Mitchell? I don't know their entry requirements, but I'd suggest looking into firms of that size.

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And if you have a lot of extra-curriculars, work experience etc then some large firms will probably still consider you. You've got to be in it to win it, so why not give a couple of them a shot?
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Need your help guys with the deadlines fast approaching, I want to apply to a law firm with a varied practice as I do not know what area of commerce particularly interests me at present. I have ABB at A-Level and I got a 2:2 in my first year but a 2:1 (66%) in my second year. I am also a law student at Oxford Brookes University.

Are there any law firms you guys would recommend I apply to based on this.

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I just did a search on LawCareers.net and there were 375 firms that listed themselves as doing general commercial work and were seeking trainees from Carlisle to Penzance. These ranged in size from Clifford Chance to one man bands.

The most anyone here is going to be able to do is give one or two names.

You need to work you way down that list systematically and choose some firms.

TSR isn't very reliable on scale. A previous poster mentioned Irwin Mitchell as a smaller firm. I appreciate that a lot of IM's staff are PI case handlers but they have over 2000 souls. Take a firm like Henmans in Oxford. Although they do private client work for the well healed of the Cotswolds they have a little over 100 staff half of whom are involved in commercial law. You would have a perfectly satisfactory career as a commercial lawyer for Henmans and no doubt would also be able to improve your serve and volley. However at that size, they are not going to be visiting law fairs the length and breadth of England.
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I just did a search on LawCareers.net and there were 375 firms that listed themselves as doing general commercial work and were seeking trainees from Carlisle to Penzance. These ranged in size from Clifford Chance to one man bands.

The most anyone here is going to be able to do is give one or two names.

You need to work you way down that list systematically and choose some firms.

TSR isn't very reliable on scale. A previous poster mentioned Irwin Mitchell as a smaller firm. I appreciate that a lot of IM's staff are PI case handlers but they have over 2000 souls. Take a firm like Henmans in Oxford. Although they do private client work for the well healed of the Cotswolds they have a little over 100 staff half of whom are involved in commercial law. You would have a perfectly satisfactory career as a commercial lawyer for Henmans and no doubt would also be able to improve your serve and volley. However at that size, they are not going to be visiting law fairs the length and breadth of England.
I meant that they are smaller in comparison to City firms, and less focused on commercial work.

i know they're a huge firm, but not specialised.
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I would echo what the other posters say about finding other sources of information like lawcareers.net for example. They specifically compile all this information for people who are researching what firms they want to apply to.

TSR is not reliable because unless you find a poster who have the same requirements as you and they have compiled a list which would useful to you. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of people shouting names.
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I meant that they are smaller in comparison to City firms, and less focused on commercial work.

i know they're a huge firm, but not specialised.
This wasn't an attack on you, but there is still an issue with scale.

Anywhere that, say, has more than 25 staff who are doing commercial work is a viable location for someone wanting a career as a commercial lawyer.

Most firms of that size will only recruit by means of Lawcareers.net and the Training Contracts Handbook and furthermore anyone thinking of applying to one of them, isn't going to help a competitor by posting it on here.
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I would echo what the other posters say about finding other sources of information like lawcareers.net for example. They specifically compile all this information for people who are researching what firms they want to apply to.

TSR is not reliable because unless you find a poster who have the same requirements as you and they have compiled a list which would useful to you. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of people shouting names.
I do have a list roughly along those lines, but largely for firms in the North and Birmingham ( Shakespeares, Watson Burton, Browne Jacobson etc.) so if you're interested OP I can list the lot? However, if you're thinking more Southern not so much I'm afraid, I only applied to City firms down there.
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I do have a list roughly along those lines, but largely for firms in the North and Birmingham ( Shakespeares, Watson Burton, Browne Jacobson etc.) so if you're interested OP I can list the lot? However, if you're thinking more Southern not so much I'm afraid, I only applied to City firms down there.
Thank you for your reply, it is my intention to apply to a city firm. Out of interest which firms did you apply to in the city.
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This wasn't an attack on you, but there is still an issue with scale.

Anywhere that, say, has more than 25 staff who are doing commercial work is a viable location for someone wanting a career as a commercial lawyer.

Most firms of that size will only recruit by means of Lawcareers.net and the Training Contracts Handbook and furthermore anyone thinking of applying to one of them, isn't going to help a competitor by posting it on here.
Oh no, I know it wasn't an attack. I was just clarifying what I meant because I realised it wasn't very clear at all

Completely agree its a viable location, and I've actually applied there myself. I just meant that it would be a very different experience to working in a city firm that was solely based on commercial work (ie. IM is going to be very different to S&M for example).
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Oh no, I know it wasn't an attack. I was just clarifying what I meant because I realised it wasn't very clear at all

Completely agree its a viable location, and I've actually applied there myself. I just meant that it would be a very different experience to working in a city firm that was solely based on commercial work (ie. IM is going to be very different to S&M for example).
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