(Original post by jismith1989)
I'd say yes as long as you're willing to work hard and don't necessarily set your sights on the top echelons -- maybe, however, you could reach them by progressively working your way up, if that's what you want.
What, exactly, are the top echelons?
The answer to your question is yes. There are some sets who won't look at you. Ignore them. Don't get hung up on 'magic circle' sets. My experience of the advocates from such places (extensive) is that some are very good and some are not - exactly the position with every other set.
I'm uncertain, also, about how anyone can know that academics are 40%. Your academic qualifications are vital because the decision to interview is made about people whose qualifications are acceptable. After that (and you are fine on this point) they tend to be important only if the set believes that academic ability is key to the practice they offer. This is not always the case by any means. A keen brain is always helpful. There are areas where it is critical (international trade, reinsurance), and areas where common sense and empathy are far more important (family, crime). I would not have thought that your results pose a particular problem.
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Finally, given that so much work is done on paper, I am sure that Commercial 2010 will not mind me pointing out the importance of basic grammar. You're
going to be an advocate (not 'your'). The point being that, however confident the assertion, it is undermined by an inability to communicate it properly.