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    I want to be a solicitor at a big firm like Davis Polk or Sullivan and Cromwell (US firms with offices in London) or in the Magic Circle but I have a worry. At school I have not taken a language, only Latin, and was wondering if having no foreign languages will mean I can't get a job. I have researched this and found Spanish will take up o 4 years to learn, so I wouldn't be fluent by the time I went to the firm if I started in uni. Wil, this mean I am limited to getting good jobs at these big firms? Also, my GCSEs are targeted to me getting all As and I think 4A*, which I think I can extend to 6. Will this be good enough for a place in Oxbridge. If I don't get into Oxbridge, do Russell groups universities still let me get into Davis Polk etc. Thanks
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    I want to be a solicitor at a big firm like Davis Polk or Sullivan and Cromwell (US firms with offices in London) or in the Magic Circle but I have a worry. At school I have not taken a language, only Latin, and was wondering if having no foreign languages will mean I can't get a job. I have researched this and found Spanish will take up o 4 years to learn, so I wouldn't be fluent by the time I went to the firm if I started in uni. Wil, this mean I am limited to getting good jobs at these big firms? Also, my GCSEs are targeted to me getting all As and I think 4A*, which I think I can extend to 6. Will this be good enough for a place in Oxbridge. If I don't get into Oxbridge, do Russell groups universities still let me get into Davis Polk etc. Thanks
    Absolutely not an issue at all in terms of languages or lack of. Most English lawyers aren't fluent in another language, and even if they have got some language ability they are rarely business fluent, which is often what's really required. Spanish wouldn't be a language to choose really unless you wanted to work in the US. If you were going to choose a language, Mandarin or Arabic would probably be better choices in my opinion. But neither are a necessity.

    Your university does not get you into these type of firms, the strength of your CV/application form does. Yes get into a good uni, it will help with careers advice and general networking opportunities, but what's more important that you get good grades and build good extra curriculars up to have a good chance of getting into these type of firms.


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