Training Contract possible with some 2:2s? Watch

lawgrad16-19
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Honestly couldn't find the answer anywhere so asking here.

I attended a Russell Group University, just got final grades back. 63 overall, which is meh already, and 2:2 in Property and Tort. Ouch.

I had a serious illness in second year which caused me to defer those two modules, so I had to take six modules in third year (instead of the typical four). Combine that with serious family issues and the grades just weren't up to scratch.



I've done two vacation schemes at American law firms, but I decided I hate purely transactional work and would like to do personal injury or clinical negligence or family law or private client or something... However I got a 60 in Family Law and a 2:2 in Tort, so... Probably impossible. I did assessment days at Irwin Mitchell and Fieldfisher, but that was before I got these terrible grades back.



I have a long history of work experience, including several menial part time jobs, and some more interesting ones like tutor, film critic, and small business owner. My additional problem is that I'm foreign and I need a visa, so a lot of firms just shut the door before I even apply and say they don't sponsor.



I'm seriously worried. I need to get a job soon or I'm going to be kicked out of the country, I've got one app cycle left to go. Are those 2:2's going to make it impossible to get a training contract now? I don't mind biting the bullet and working at a commercial firm I don't enjoy that much just to pay off debt, get experience and get settled here in the UK - can always move later.
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JSP Would be the best oerson to confirm. Some Commercial firms do accept 2:2 like gowling WLG also Civil services accept 2:2. I think if you want to get into Clin Neg or Personal injury etc the best thing would be to apply for paralegal/legal assistant roles (If you cant secure a TC of course) I am currently at a Employment and Civil law firm who deal with clin neg cases for Dr's, I applied via the legal assistant route.

Hope this helps a bit!
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I do have a 2:1 overall, I meant would getting 2:2 in some modules be a problem. But yes, welcome any advice

Also can't be a paralegal, I've never heard of a firm that sponsors a visa for a paralegal. Many won't even sponsor a visa for a solicitor, I can't apply to 1/3 of firms because they don't sponsor.

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JSP Would be the best oerson to confirm. Some Commercial firms do accept 2:2 like gowling WLG also Civil services accept 2:2. I think if you want to get into Clin Neg or Personal injury etc the best thing would be to apply for paralegal/legal assistant roles (If you cant secure a TC of course) I am currently at a Employment and Civil law firm who deal with clin neg cases for Dr's, I applied via the legal assistant route.

Hope this helps a bit!
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To be completely honest with you, I don't know enough about visa sponsorship within law firms. 2:1 overall is fine though I wouldn't worry about your 2:2's.

Best of luck with your future. I'm sure it will all work out for you.
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