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    Hey, everyone!

    I am currently an international student of Leiden University (the Netherlands), where I am graduating with BA in International Law, with a minor in Psychology and some additional electives in Political Science. My current grade (in US-style GPA) was low-ish, but is now getting closer to 3.4, with massive improvements starting this year. Besides studies, I had two brief internships in the past in my home city in a Business Development Unit of a respectable British-American law firm and a Tax Dispute Resolution Department of one of the Big Four accounting firms. Additionally, in the last year of my studies I got involved in a committee of my university that advises on various aspects of the structure of the academic programme, as well as advised the Admissions team on Draft Admissions criteria for students from my home country.

    However, I don't have any idea now about what to do next. Should I attempt to get a training contract with a GDL? And do I have ANY standing chance, because I have a feeling that my grades might not be enough. Alternatively, would my chances increase if I were to do an LLM in my desired field of law and then a Senior Status LLB?

    Any input will be appreciated!
    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by wannabelawyer97)
    Hey, everyone!

    I am currently an international student of Leiden University (the Netherlands), where I am graduating with BA in International Law, with a minor in Psychology and some additional electives in Political Science. My current grade (in US-style GPA) was low-ish, but is now getting closer to 3.4, with massive improvements starting this year. Besides studies, I had two brief internships in the past in my home city in a Business Development Unit of a respectable British-American law firm and a Tax Dispute Resolution Department of one of the Big Four accounting firms. Additionally, in the last year of my studies I got involved in a committee of my university that advises on various aspects of the structure of the academic programme, as well as advised the Admissions team on Draft Admissions criteria for students from my home country.

    However, I don't have any idea now about what to do next. Should I attempt to get a training contract with a GDL? And do I have ANY standing chance, because I have a feeling that my grades might not be enough. Alternatively, would my chances increase if I were to do an LLM in my desired field of law and then a Senior Status LLB?

    Any input will be appreciated!
    Thanks in advance
    An LLM is unlikely to have big impact on increasing your chances, unless you were looking to work in a niche area of law. I definitely would not recommend a senior status LLB and an LLM.
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    (Original post by J-SP)
    An LLM is unlikely to have big impact on increasing your chances, unless you were looking to work in a niche area of law. I definitely would not recommend a senior status LLB and an LLM.
    Thanks, J-SP! But do you think (on the basis of what I've outlined) that I may have a standing chance at getting a TC?
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    (Original post by wannabelawyer97)
    Thanks, J-SP! But do you think (on the basis of what I've outlined) that I may have a standing chance at getting a TC?
    Your GPA is slightly low, so this is going to be a slight obstacle - firms I know of are usually looking at GPA grades that are close to 3.5.

    It’s really difficult to say why anyone’s chances are though. Someone with a perfect profile can easily screw up and have no chance if they can’t explain why they want the job with that particular firm, or even just with a couple of minor typos in their application.

    You also have an additional challenge of also explaining why Law in the UK.
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    Alright, thanks for your constructive feedback, J-SP! Very much appreciated
 
 
 
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