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Hi guys! Hope you're all doing well in these weird times.

I'm a first year non-law undergrad who is aiming to become a solicitor. I didn't get the greatest grades in the 1st year (high 2:2 but most marks in 2:1) and I don't think I'll be able to get a vacation scheme next year. My plan was to wait to apply for VS in the 3rd year as I'll at least have a full year of solid marks to offset the bad ones. I'd also have more time to build up legal experience in other areas (already got a mini pupillage) and work on my extracurriculars.

My plan was to apply for winter vacation schemes in the 3rd year and then summer vacation schemes. I've checked a lot of the firms and they seem to put their vacation scheme dates quite a bit before the deadlines for TC applications.

I'm not sure whether this is a sound plan. What do you guys think?
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You could always apply for VS at less academically selective firms in your second year? That shouldn't be a problem.

Also, some firms will only allow final year students to apply to winter and spring VS, neither of which are ideal. You might want to apply to those firms' summer VS while you still can.
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You could always apply for VS at less academically selective firms in your second year? That shouldn't be a problem.

Also, some firms will only allow final year students to apply to winter and spring VS, neither of which are ideal. You might want to apply to those firms' summer VS while you still can.
Thanks for responding. I've been through the websites of the city firms and it seems the vast majority allow 3rd years onto their summer vacation scheme. I'm not really sure what the best course of action is for here so I thought that having another year of grades would be beneficial, especially since I think I can get a 1st.
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