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Hi all,

I appreciate there's no way of getting a definitive answer for my question but any help would be truly appreciated!

In summary, I graduated in 2011 with a first class law degree for a top 10-20 UK university. We weren't given rankings but I would estimate I was in the top 5-10% of my year. At the time, I was really interested in going to the bar. Sadly, I couldn't afford it so had to go down the solicitor route. I have just finished my 2 year training contract and am now a litigation solicitor.

I am now in a position where I would like to go back to study either the Oxford BCL or the Cambridge LLM in a bid to strengthen my eventual application for pupillage.

Could anyone let me know what they think of my chances of getting on either of these courses?

In terms of strengths, I have very good work experience and have a strong rapport with my former lecturers so should have a relatively good set of references.

In terms of weaknesses, in my first year at university I received low 2:1/2:2 marks (averaging around 60) but averaged around 70/71 for my last two years. I have AAB at A-level.

I'm not sure what other factors to mention but please let me know what you think may be relevant.

Thank you!
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(Original post by KateJones1989)
Hi all,

I appreciate there's no way of getting a definitive answer for my question but any help would be truly appreciated!

In summary, I graduated in 2011 with a first class law degree for a top 10-20 UK university. We weren't given rankings but I would estimate I was in the top 5-10% of my year. At the time, I was really interested in going to the bar. Sadly, I couldn't afford it so had to go down the solicitor route. I have just finished my 2 year training contract and am now a litigation solicitor.

I am now in a position where I would like to go back to study either the Oxford BCL or the Cambridge LLM in a bid to strengthen my eventual application for pupillage.

Could anyone let me know what they think of my chances of getting on either of these courses?

In terms of strengths, I have very good work experience and have a strong rapport with my former lecturers so should have a relatively good set of references.

In terms of weaknesses, in my first year at university I received low 2:1/2:2 marks (averaging around 60) but averaged around 70/71 for my last two years. I have AAB at A-level.

I'm not sure what other factors to mention but please let me know what you think may be relevant.

Thank you!
I definitely think you have the possibility of being admitted for either Cambridge's LLM or Oxford's BCL.

I was recently lucky enough to get offers for both and my academic background is not too different from yours.

Good luck with it!
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You definitely have a good enough chance to make it worth applying.
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I think you have a reasonable chance at the Cambridge LLM and somewhat less chance at the BCL. That said, I got rejected from both so what do I know! It's certainly worth applying and seeing how it goes anyway, it 'only' costs £50 to apply.
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I think you have a reasonable chance at the Cambridge LLM and somewhat less chance at the BCL. That said, I got rejected from both so what do I know! It's certainly worth applying and seeing how it goes anyway, it 'only' costs £50 to apply.
Did you get a first? any reasons why you think you were rejected? Did you end up doing an LLM elsewhere? :confused:
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Did you get a first? any reasons why you think you were rejected? Did you end up doing an LLM elsewhere? :confused:
Yes, I got the highest first in my year. No idea why I was rejected, was very surprised and disappointed about it at the time. Neither Oxford nor Cambridge give anything other than a standard PFO email. I'm doing my LL.M. at UCL now, but I might apply to Oxford again next year to do a DPhil. Won't reapply to Cambridge.
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