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Do I stand a chance to get accepted into a 'Magic Circle'? even if my uni is not part of Russel group?
Or they look at the grades more than unis? Therefore if I will be able to get a first with good work experience, do I stand a chance or is it decided purely based on what uni I go to?
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Your grades and experience will count more than your uni, but some may be more snobbish.

The problem with not going to a better uni is it’ll be harder to be exposed to the top firms and opportunities. Most will visit and focus on the RGs as that’s where they expect most to go.

You’ll need to work a lot harder and do a lot more on your own back; coupled with subpar grades, it’s a difficult route.
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Magic circle will care about A levels as well as uni. The university’s they select from will be top unis and on the whole firsts. They will reject less than AAA at a level. Then there will be a while lots of big city firms who will be looking for 2.1s + from good unis again often rejecting less than AAA. I hear they have so many applications they have to sift some out. Then there are high street firms. Again a 2.1 would hold you in good stead but a 2.2 would be a possibility and lower A level grades would not be a stumbling block. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to get a training contract.
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Magic circle will care about A levels as well as uni. The university’s they select from will be top unis and on the whole firsts. They will reject less than AAA at a level. Then there will be a while lots of big city firms who will be looking for 2.1s + from good unis again often rejecting less than AAA. I hear they have so many applications they have to sift some out. Then there are high street firms. Again a 2.1 would hold you in good stead but a 2.2 would be a possibility and lower A level grades would not be a stumbling block. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to get a training contract.
Why would they reject less than AAA if some of them 'only' require ABB? Or AAB?
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I mean the law firms will reject all applications for TCs under AAA. They do it just because they have to reduce their numbers somehow.
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I mean the law firms will reject all applications for TCs under AAA. They do it just because they have to reduce their numbers somehow.
...I just disagree wholeheartedly
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I don’t know magic circle firms asking for AAB or ABB. I’m sure if they ask for this then they wouldn’t. I work for a city firm and newly qualified. We were always told this and I think all the TCs I applied for said AAA and I’ve never been interested in Magic Circle.
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(Original post by vickkyyxx)
Do I stand a chance to get accepted into a 'Magic Circle'? even if my uni is not part of Russel group?
Or they look at the grades more than unis? Therefore if I will be able to get a first with good work experience, do I stand a chance or is it decided purely based on what uni I go to?
Your grades (Degree results & A-levels) will matter more than your actual uni. It will not make a difference whether your uni is part of the RG.

Certain universities have a stronger track record when it comes to students obtaining a MC training contract. This is mostly because:

1) Generally, the stronger and more academically gifted candidates are much more likely to study at these universities.
2) Students at these universities are more likely to satisfy A-Level requirements.
3) These universities are more targeted by MC firms.
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I don’t know magic circle firms asking for AAB or ABB. I’m sure if they ask for this then they wouldn’t. I work for a city firm and newly qualified. We were always told this and I think all the TCs I applied for said AAA and I’ve never been interested in Magic Circle.
That’s incorrect. You can easily grade cutoffs for all London firms and perhaps 1 has AAA - AAB will be more than fine for 99% of them.
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I don’t know magic circle firms asking for AAB or ABB. I’m sure if they ask for this then they wouldn’t. I work for a city firm and newly qualified. We were always told this and I think all the TCs I applied for said AAA and I’ve never been interested in Magic Circle.
this is incorrect. even my uni's mediocre careers service was careful not to discourage people who only just met the cut-off from applying. there are lots of people at City firms with AAB/ABB/etc
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I don’t know magic circle firms asking for AAB or ABB. I’m sure if they ask for this then they wouldn’t. I work for a city firm and newly qualified. We were always told this and I think all the TCs I applied for said AAA and I’ve never been interested in Magic Circle.
‘I’m sure if they ask for this then they wouldn’t’
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