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Arsenalrule
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Hi guys!

I've been reading the forum for a while now and thought I'd give you a positive spin to someone who acheived the dreaded 2:2!

Anyway, having acheived a 2:2 at uni (57%) I thought my chances of becoming a Lawyer were over.Infact It wasnt just me it was about 7 other people who I went to uni with that were in the same position.It wasnt even a great uni (Nottingham Trent Uni) so as you can imagine the future looked bleak on result day.

After a series of discussion with tutors and career advisors 5 of the 7 decided to do the LPC however on a part time basis.In the meantime look for jobs in the legal field i.e Legal secretary, Paralegal or office assistant positions. Within six months of starting the LPC all of us had some sort of legal employment (though all of us receiving crap pay!!!!I)

In our application for jobs we left out the big firms and instead went for the smaller in house/high street firms which chose not to advertise on the larger scale.One of the problems of this was the quality of training which would be offered even if you gained the holy grail!However, in my and the opinions I've gathered from others suggest the smaller firms tend to offer a more hands on approach in addition to the more time you spend with specialised solicitors.

its now nearly the end of the 2 year LPC and im pleased to tell you I have just been offered a training contract starting next month!!!In addition to this the work I already have carried out will count towards the contract and therefore I will not need to complete a further 2 years of training instead anything from 6 months to a year.

Out of the other 5, 4 of us have got training contracts ( 2 of which had been combining it with their LPC 6 months down the line).The other applicant will wait to hear from 2 firms in the next couple of months.

I truly believed after I got a 2:2 it was the end of the road and the what if's started to kick in.However, their is always a way as not only mine but other stories have shown.

Some tips to getting a training contract with a 2:2:

1)dont panic!!!
2)ensure the subjects you have chosen in the 3rd year are the ones you want to practice in and target these firms!!!!
3)Aim for the smaller firms at the very least pack your C.V up with valuable work experience.
4)Aim for new firms set up by former top law firm solicitor(my boss is a former Evershed/Freeth Cartwright solicitor)That way you know your working with a talented solicitor.
5)Work your Back side of on the LPC it does help believe me.
6)Aim your work experience/application for the area you want to specialise in.Some work experience can have a negative effect...i.e 3rd modules based around corporate/commercial law...however all work experience is based in a criminal field does not look good.
7)keep your ear to the ground and find out about new firms opening.they're most likely going to be looking for support staff get in early!!!!
8)If you get a job and your not enjoying it dont panic!And Dont quit immediately.Use it to your advantage to apply for support staff jobs at larger firms(its easier to get a interview at those firms with a 2:2 if you have solicitors/partners on your side).
9)Get into to reputable LPC provider i.e Nottingham Law School/College of Law etc.
10)Always keep faith...the amount of lawyers I've met with 2:2's is unbelievable and im now one of them !

Hope this helps
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Congratulations! Also, welcome to TSR!
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Thats fantastic, bet you're well chuffed!
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Wow congrats!!!!!!! That's going to make a lot of people's day especially people that worry without firsts from Oxbridge, their legal career is over......

GO YOU! :top:
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A good post. Congratulations on achieving what you have. I'm sure you have a long and sucessful career ahead of you.

It just goes to show what determination, extra-curriculars and personality can get you.
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(Original post by Arsenalrule)
Hi guys!

I've been reading the forum for a while now and thought I'd give you a positive spin to someone who acheived the dreaded 2:2!

Always keep faith...the amount of lawyers I've met with 2:2's is unbelievable and im now one of them !

Hope this helps
heyyy well done thankx for motivation good luck i will rep u after midnite today (cause used mine already )
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Well done. You come across as a nice person, so congrats.
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Well done, thanks for the great post as this question plagues many.
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Can I just ask-this training contract that you've landed, is it with a small high st firm?
Because I would imagine those would be less picky, so it might not work to follow your route if you eventually want to end up at a City firm.
Also, how do you keep your ear to the ground and find out about new firms?

Congrats as I am in the same situation (although I dont' know what my final results will be) and have been applying for support roles for a month and a half now with no luck.
I may start a separate thread on it to see if I can get anyone else's views.
Thanks!
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thanks for writing this, it has given me hope.I just got a 2.2 for results at end of second year. Im going to try so hard next year, to get a 2.1, but it shows all is not lost if you don't achieve a 2.1
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