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    Hey, I'm normally one for lurking/observing on TSR but thought I'd create a thread because I could really do with some advice.

    I am in the final year of my LLB law degree at a good Russell Group, Red Brick university and am on track to get a 2.1 (unfortunately not a first due to a couple of dodgy module grades.) I want to be a barrister and was wondering if people consider the LLM a waste of time for someone like me?

    Due to not having a 1st I am obviously unable to apply for Oxford/Cambridge, I cannot afford to live in London so that rules out UCL/LSE (although deadline has passed anyway)/QMUL etc. I am not rich so international law schools are out of the picture also.

    Therefore, if I undertake the LLM it would be at a university similar in status to the one I am at (if not the same university.) Thus, the LLM could not, in my case, be used as a means of improving my status by going to Oxbridge for example. This is mind, is it a waste of time for me? Or is further study a good thing for a prospective barrister?

    I'm sorry for the long post- but any advice that you can give would be much appreciated!! Thank you! x
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    I'm doing my LLM in Corporate Law at the moment and have certainly enjoyed it and think it's been a good decision to make.
    The general consensus i've got from lawyers i've spoken to at law fairs have been that a LLM will not guarantee you any employment, nor will it make up for a bad grade at LLB level, but if you've got a good LLB and have done a LLM in a specific subject area (preferably the one you hope to practise in), then a LLM can be of use. The key thing is not to do a general "LLM in Law", but to do one in a specific area of law. I don't think the institution is too important at LLM level.
    I've been at Nottingham Trent for my LLB and LLM, and just got an admnistration job with Browne Jacobnson, so don't let the institution thing put you off/be the key factor in your decision. Don't forget a LLM is a lot of work, but if you're dedicated, then go for it.
 
 
 
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