University vs a level grades in TC applications

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Which would mean more to a prospective law firm when considering TC application - the university the applicant is studying at, or their a level grades?

What effect would the degree classification have on this?
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Depends on what uni and what type of firm. The A-level grades is important if law firms have a minimum a level grade you have to meet, which is why the university tends to be high in applicants since they have the minimum a level grade to go to higher unis. Your degree classification matters more but if you can get a first, you'll be a good candidate - however, only your grades will put you at the front of the door since your experience and what you've done to strengthen your application is more important. Only very few amounts of law firms if I'm correct care about the uni and in the barrister route, reputation does matter. However, you don't need to be in Cambridge to get a TC since experience > reputation but a Russell group or a good uni for law would be ideal though
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Which would mean more to a prospective law firm when considering TC application - the university the applicant is studying at, or their a level grades?

What effect would the degree classification have on this?
Hi,

It's difficult to answer questions like this categorically, because obviously every application is judged on its own merits. Generally, though, the first thing law firms tend to look at is your actual or predicted degree classification. City law firms tend to require at least a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree. Most firms will not specify any particular university, however you can find graphs that show the percentage of trainees that come from Oxbridge, Russell group and other unis. But this is just an indication, and no firm should require that you attend any particular university. In terms of A levels, different firms may stipulate AAB for example, however generally less importance will be attached to your A levels as to your degree classification. Bear in mind, however, that when receiving high volumes of applications firms may look to A level results to compare two otherwise very similar applicants.

I hope this helps to answer your question

Jess
Student Ambassador at ULaw, Leeds
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