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    So I want to become a lawyer. I am in year 12 and I have 5 GCSE's. However, I decided stay back a year to do GCSE resits. In English language, I got a C, but I have to retake it to get a B for English literature. Also, I ended up getting D's in Maths and Science GCSE. So I decided to retake them because I want to do Psychology A level. However, I have emailed many law firms, but most have not replied.One or two replied saying that they haven't got available placements at the moment. Do you think the main reason could be because I am resitting a few GCSE's this year? I'm going to do my A levels next year, but I have a lot of time this year to do work experience. Should I do work experience next year instead?
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    Law is very competitive.
    Its not uncommon for candidates to have all A's and B's of not all A's. Dont let that put you off but be aware.

    Getting work experience in a law firm is very competitive. You are almost no use to them, more likely a liability and you cost them money. I have seen a few GCSE students, but they tend to be kids of business clients. they tend to get bord and be under peoples feet.

    If you apply you need a good cv. they will only take you of they see potential. its not a charity.

    The reasons you ont be getting in are:

    1. Too young. they mostly take uni students in thei 2nd year.
    2. Grades
    3. Poor application
    4. No space.

    What id suggest is 1. Learn to touch type.
    2. Get a job or lternatively get some voluntary experience. It doesnt have to be legal.
    3. Get involved at school or in the community.

    the idea is you build up your cv so it stands out. Any work experience is good it shows initiative. Its very tough getting into law, but that just means you have to focus and be determined. Chat to your careers master. good luck.
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