I am a law student at the university of Essex who got an ADD at A levels. (Somehow I was allowed in through clearing). I hope to hopefully work in a magic circle firm in the future and am aware of their ABB/AAB A Level boundaries when it comes to training contract and job applications. Would it be wise to retake the 2 D's while at university?
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Is it worth retaking 2 A levels in my first year of uni? watch
- Thread Starter
- 06-02-2018 08:54
- 06-02-2018 09:39
Many firms will either 1) only consider your first sitting or 2) will look less favourably on A-levels sat years apart (more of a challenge in sitting three or more at the same time). However, others will be open minded and will see the retaking them as a desire to succeed and improve, which is always a good trait in a lawyer.
But two of the MC firms technically have no A-level requirements, although both stress academic excellence a lot in their recruitment materials.
There is potentially no harm in retaking them if you are 100% confident that you can get a strong 2.1 in all your modules, and that it won’t impact on your other commitments (extra curriculars, ability to do work experience, part-time work etc). Any negative impact on these areas, especially your uni modules, and I question whether retaking them is really a good idea. You also have to be confident you can improve your grades to As and Bs.
Even if you do manage it all though, I’d still be concerned that it doesn’t necessarily have the impact you want it to have.