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    Hi guys,

    So I'm currently a student at Leeds university studying philosophy and politics. I've just finished my 2nd year and I'm on track to achieving a 2:1

    I recently decided I wish to pursue a career in corporate law after much thought and reading about corporate law itself. I also (luckily) managed to get work experience at Clifford Chance through a family friend and enjoyed it very much.

    The only downside is that when I was at school, I frankly didn't try at all. I got 2 A*'s at GCSE, 4 B's and 4 C's. I also got ABB at A level in Theology, History, and Business Studies. I realise the committment one has to make to be a lawyer, and I no longer have the attitude I once had at school.

    I plan on doing a GDL at the University of Law straight after my degree. My question is, will employers look unfavourably at me because of my academic record? Obviously I realise MC firms wouldn't think much of someone with ABB. But outside MC firms does this hugely matter?

    Lastly, I don't mean this in a rude way at all, but I would only appreciate comments where people have some knowledge regarding this matter. Unlike the typical SR "You're doomed if you don't go to Oxbridge and have all A*'s" response.

    Many Thanks
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    I'm not at university I'm in Year 12 and in the process of filling out my Clifford Chance form for work experience any tips?
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    Apply for vac schemes and training contracts during your final year. Use the summer to prepare and brush up on your commercial awareness and knowledge of the firms and practice areas. Join aspiring solicitors and attend some of the events and if you are eligible join SEO London and/or rare recruitment and brightnetwork. Conduct some research on the firms using chambers student and law career.net.

    If you are successful in getting on a vac scheme next year then you have the oppurtunity to convert that into a training contract offer and will therefore not need to go and do the GDL using your own funds; the big city firms will pay that and your lpc for you. Good luck
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    Am sure I replied, but what neal said. You still need to stand out though. If you got into CC on the scheme then you should use all those family/personal contacts to get a foot in the door. Its no mean feat to have that level of contact. Didnt you ask at the time you were there?
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    (Original post by Nozick11)
    I plan on doing a GDL at the University of Law straight after my degree. My question is, will employers look unfavourably at me because of my academic record? Obviously I realise MC firms wouldn't think much of someone with ABB. But outside MC firms does this hugely matter?
    At least two, if not three of the MC firms do not have any minimum academic requirement when looking at A-levels.



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