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Resit A levels or go to uni for Law

After really struggling with my mental health in year 13 I finished with quite bad a-levels (BBD) I was predicted AAA
I missed my offer at Liverpool but I did get into UEA
I know that law firms can be really strict with both having high a levels and going to a Russel group Uni.
However I did struggle a lot in year 13 and the last thing I really want to do is resit. As I don’t think I could do that again.
Do you think I still have a chance at being successful in law - specifically Music law
Or should I just resit or maybe even change career
Any help would really really appreciated
Thank you
Original post by Eee222
After really struggling with my mental health in year 13 I finished with quite bad a-levels (BBD) I was predicted AAA
I missed my offer at Liverpool but I did get into UEA
I know that law firms can be really strict with both having high a levels and going to a Russel group Uni.
However I did struggle a lot in year 13 and the last thing I really want to do is resit. As I don’t think I could do that again.
Do you think I still have a chance at being successful in law - specifically Music law
Or should I just resit or maybe even change career
Any help would really really appreciated
Thank you

BBD aren't great grades, and the attainment ain't great for law. UEA isn't a RG, it's an... meh uni. If you were capable of AAA or better but missed it because of circumstances, you should resit.

I was in a similar situation, missed firm and insurance, went for Clearing, with slightly better grades. Big mistake. Don't do that. I do think you should resit and hopefully get the AAA this year or better. I think you were capable of that.

Law does require a relatively high attainment, especially if the D was in a subject related to law, I'd be concerned if you'd be able to handle the step up to uni. It's already difficult enough meeting the offer to step up to uni.

But if you really don't want to resit then sure, UEA ain't great, worse than RG+4 but... at least you got an insurance.
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Reply 2
Original post by justlearning1469
BBD aren't great grades, and the attainment ain't great for law. UEA isn't a RG, it's an... meh uni. If you were capable of AAA or better but missed it because of circumstances, you should resit.

I was in a similar situation, missed firm and insurance, went for Clearing, with slightly better grades. Big mistake. Don't do that. I do think you should resit and hopefully get the AAA this year or better. I think you were capable of that.

Law does require a relatively high attainment, especially if the D was in a subject related to law, I'd be concerned if you'd be able to handle the step up to uni. It's already difficult enough meeting the offer to step up to uni.

But if you really don't want to resit then sure, UEA ain't great, worse than RG+4 but... at least you got an insurance.

Thank you for replying!
But a lot of law firms don’t like resits
So do you think resitting will negatively impact me in the future
Reply 3
UEA might not technically be RG, but it's still a strong university. Some of the stuffier law firms might recruit on a "RG or better" basis but they're increasingly in a minority, whats more important is getting a solid 2.1 or better from a good university, and UEA is a good university.

In truth for training contract applications the A levels will be the bigger barrier, BBD is relatively low when your competition will be typically AAB or better. Law is still a solid academic degree subject that gives plenty of scope for other graduate careers though outside of law.

As a final point - music law doesn't really exist as a discipline* although some firm's have strong media practices (Olswang did before it was absorbed by CMS). This would typically come under Intellectual Property (IP) law where some firms may serve clients in the music industry.

* - Ok there will be some music specialists out there but generally speaking it's a *tiny* niche in UK legal practice and not something you can elect to specialise in as a trainee or junior.
Reply 4
Original post by AMac86
UEA might not technically be RG, but it's still a strong university. Some of the stuffier law firms might recruit on a "RG or better" basis but they're increasingly in a minority, whats more important is getting a solid 2.1 or better from a good university, and UEA is a good university.

In truth for training contract applications the A levels will be the bigger barrier, BBD is relatively low when your competition will be typically AAB or better. Law is still a solid academic degree subject that gives plenty of scope for other graduate careers though outside of law.

As a final point - music law doesn't really exist as a discipline* although some firm's have strong media practices (Olswang did before it was absorbed by CMS). This would typically come under Intellectual Property (IP) law where some firms may serve clients in the music industry.

* - Ok there will be some music specialists out there but generally speaking it's a *tiny* niche in UK legal practice and not something you can elect to specialise in as a trainee or junior.

Thank you very much for your reply!
I know everyone’s different, but if you were me would you resit. Or maybe try to go into a different career will these grades hinder me a lot in life
I’m very worried

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