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    Hi guys,

    I'm increasingly worried as to whether my GCSES will hold me back from obtaining a training contract. I only achieved 2A*'s 4B's and 4C's. However I achieved ABB and i'm confident i'll achieve a 2:1 in uni after doing so in my first year studying philosophy and politics. I'm trying to make up for these grades with lots of work experience.

    Do you think law firms will care about my mediocre GCSE grades?
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    (Original post by Nozick11)
    Hi guys,

    I'm increasingly worried as to whether my GCSES will hold me back from obtaining a training contract. I only achieved 2A*'s 4B's and 4C's. However I achieved ABB and i'm confident i'll achieve a 2:1 in uni after doing so in my first year studying philosophy and politics. I'm trying to make up for these grades with lots of work experience.

    Do you think law firms will care about my mediocre GCSE grades?
    No they won't care about your GCSEs.

    They'll be more interested in your degree. However, you'll find it next to impossible to join a law firm without a Law degree. And since you're not doing a Law degree, your next step will be doing a Law Conversion degree in order to compete with graduates who already have LLB Law Degree.
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    (Original post by The Empire Odyssey)
    No they won't care about your GCSEs.

    They'll be more interested in your degree. However, you'll find it next to impossible to join a law firm without a Law degree. And since you're not doing a Law degree, your next step will be doing a Law Conversion degree in order to compete with graduates who already have LLB Law Degree.
    Agree with the first part completely - firms really won't care about your GCSEs - many don't even ask for them in their application forms.

    The latter part isn't true though. Plenty of non-lawyers get recruited before they have done the GDL and non-law graduates tend to be recruited from their final year of their undergraduate degree. Considering firms tend to have anywhere between 40-50% non-law intakes, your degree title is the least of your worries when applying for training contracts. You definitely don't have to compete with the law students by having the GDL anyway.
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    We are holding a live twitter chat today @cilexlawyers #getintolaw there are some employers taking part who could answer this question for you. Not all law firms are looking for people with degrees, many take on legal apprentices and use the CILEx routes to qualifications. Allowing you to earn and learn your way to lawyer status
 
 
 
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