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So I've just finished my first year studying LLB Law at the University of Leicester. I got a first class (barely at 70.9%) and I got an average of 71, 72, 73 percent on my exams. I have done lots of extracurriculars last year because I always felt like I had to do more to make up for not being at a Russell group uni or ox-bridge. I was part of the Law society, pro-bono society project where I went to court on a weekly basis to help litigants with forms etc, I began learning Korean (which I now have a beginners certificate in), and I am currently on a 2 month long paid internship in China at a Law firm. I am also writing a book so now I have something interesting to talk about at my interviews (but that's not why I'm writing it).

The point is, I'm extremely worried because I know a that big city law firms tend to recruit mainly from Ox-bridge and Russell Group universities. I know they hire some non-RG students too but not enough. I'm aiming to apply to Herbert Smith Freehills and I saw on their site that they have 60 trainees vacancies and only like 9% are from non-RG/Ox-bridge universities (that's 6 training contract). I also have a magic circle firm that I've always wanted to work for if HSF doesn't work out (which I'm hoping it does). That one seems even more out of reach...

I want to start applying for vacation schemes once my second year begins but I'm really worried. Can someone who has been through this possibly give me some advice on what more I can do to make myself stand out from the thousands of students I have as my competition?
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(Original post by Simply_Law)
Hi,

So I've just finished my first year studying LLB Law at the University of Leicester. I got a first class (barely at 70.9%) and I got an average of 71, 72, 73 percent on my exams. I have done lots of extracurriculars last year because I always felt like I had to do more to make up for not being at a Russell group uni or ox-bridge. I was part of the Law society, pro-bono society project where I went to court on a weekly basis to help litigants with forms etc, I began learning Korean (which I now have a beginners certificate in), and I am currently on a 2 month long paid internship in China at a Law firm. I am also writing a book so now I have something interesting to talk about at my interviews (but that's not why I'm writing it).

The point is, I'm extremely worried because I know a that big city law firms tend to recruit mainly from Ox-bridge and Russell Group universities. I know they hire some non-RG students too but not enough. I'm aiming to apply to Herbert Smith Freehills and I saw on their site that they have 60 trainees vacancies and only like 9% are from non-RG/Ox-bridge universities (that's 6 training contract). I also have a magic circle firm that I've always wanted to work for if HSF doesn't work out (which I'm hoping it does). That one seems even more out of reach...

I want to start applying for vacation schemes once my second year begins but I'm really worried. Can someone who has been through this possibly give me some advice on what more I can do to make myself stand out from the thousands of students I have as my competition?
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I have the same question.
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Hi,I’m in the same position rn and wanted to know how it ultimately worked out for you?Thanks
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