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Has anyone got a training contract with a 2:2?

Is it possible to get a training contract at a top law firm with a 2:2 or not? I mean like a magic circle law firm or a silver circle, can you get a tc? If not can you apply a few years later when you work in a firm for a few years would that give you a chance?
Original post by DannyGTR
Is it possible to get a training contract at a top law firm with a 2:2 or not? I mean like a magic circle law firm or a silver circle, can you get a tc? If not can you apply a few years later when you work in a firm for a few years would that give you a chance?


Very unlikely, I’m afraid. Top law firms use third party agencies to screen applications before they are even reviewed by HR and anyone with a 2:2 would typically be cut. You should manage your career expectations accordingly.
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Original post by katana10000
Very unlikely, I’m afraid. Top law firms use third party agencies to screen applications before they are even reviewed by HR and anyone with a 2:2 would typically be cut. You should manage your career expectations accordingly.

I got a 2:2 in first year and im awaiting for my results for 2nd year and going into third year, if i do graduate with a 2:1 will the silver circles look at the overall classification rather then what u got in each other?
Yes but a 2:2 in your first year means that it is unlikely that you will get any internships in your second year, which are a key step in getting a training contract.
Sorry, I see that you have completed your second year. If you don’t have internships for this Summer at a top firm I think your chances of getting a TC with one are limited.
Original post by DannyGTR
Is it possible to get a training contract at a top law firm with a 2:2 or not? I mean like a magic circle law firm or a silver circle, can you get a tc? If not can you apply a few years later when you work in a firm for a few years would that give you a chance?

Thousands of people with 2:2s have gotten training contracts, even at MC/SC firms. These people offer things other than their degree that let them get that coveted spot over others. Thanks to decades of reforms that led to the opening up this profession to essentially anyone with a pulse, you're competing with everyone on essentially arbitrary standards. And no, nobody is better off for it. Thank the SRA and Law Society for that.
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Original post by katana10000
Sorry, I see that you have completed your second year. If you don’t have internships for this Summer at a top firm I think your chances of getting a TC with one are limited.

What if you have experience backed up with it?
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Original post by SOASllbsurvivor
Thousands of people with 2:2s have gotten training contracts, even at MC/SC firms. These people offer things other than their degree that let them get that coveted spot over others. Thanks to decades of reforms that led to the opening up this profession to essentially anyone with a pulse, you're competing with everyone on essentially arbitrary standards. And no, nobody is better off for it. Thank the SRA and Law Society for that.

Do you know anyone that received TCs? What firms did they get it in?
Original post by DannyGTR
What if you have experience backed up with it?
Potentially, but most law firms like to hire from their interns as they basically constitute extended interviews.
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Original post by katana10000
Potentially, but most law firms like to hire from their interns as they basically constitute extended interviews.

Would u say mental health issues can be used as ECs when applying for TCs?
Original post by DannyGTR
Would u say mental health issues can be used as ECs when applying for TCs?


If you were an employer hiring for a demanding job, how would you react to a candidate telling you they have mental health issues?
Original post by DannyGTR
Would u say mental health issues can be used as ECs when applying for TCs?


It depends on what they are, what evidence you have to substantiate it, and whether or not you can then show what your 'true' level of ability is. The fact that you didn't lead with this makes me doubt whether or not you have genuine and realistic extenuating circumstances. This post reads much more to me like a situation where you have not properly applied yourself in first year, and are now figuring out ways to make up the ground after realising how much that will disadvantage you. But then again I don't really know anything about your situation, so I may be wrong.
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Original post by DannyGTR
Do you know anyone that received TCs? What firms did they get it in?

Every single firm has someone with a 2:2 as an associate and partner. You're asking the wrong questions, you're going to have to make your own case. These are extremely competitive and respected jobs. What value can you add? Was there any particular module in law school you liked? Learn as much about it as possible, write an article about it, be an expert (or at least try).
Mental health issues will make no difference to your application, more likely a hinderance. Unless you have documented evidence, and went through standard procedure prior to your exams with your university. They have measures in place for this, but this does not seem to be the case for you.

Remove your sights from vac schemes, focus on getting the best grade you can in second and third year, be active and build up your CV with experiences as the process is holistic. Bag a 2:1 overall, have a big bank of experiences and you are in the mix for a spot.
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Original post by applema
Mental health issues will make no difference to your application, more likely a hinderance. Unless you have documented evidence, and went through standard procedure prior to your exams with your university. They have measures in place for this, but this does not seem to be the case for you.
Remove your sights from vac schemes, focus on getting the best grade you can in second and third year, be active and build up your CV with experiences as the process is holistic. Bag a 2:1 overall, have a big bank of experiences and you are in the mix for a spot.

I went to the GP and they said they are going to supply evidence for me which I can use as an EC as well as I've been issued counselling and a mentor. Is that good evidence to use?
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Original post by Crazy Jamie
It depends on what they are, what evidence you have to substantiate it, and whether or not you can then show what your 'true' level of ability is. The fact that you didn't lead with this makes me doubt whether or not you have genuine and realistic extenuating circumstances. This post reads much more to me like a situation where you have not properly applied yourself in first year, and are now figuring out ways to make up the ground after realising how much that will disadvantage you. But then again I don't really know anything about your situation, so I may be wrong.

I have seen a GP and they have supplied evidence and how this has been ongoing for my second year i feel like my year hasnt gone well as ive suffered from depression, i couldnt really sleep properly and had problems with the future and im not sure if law firms would consider that as mitigating cirumstances i am also diagnosed with autism
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Original post by katana10000
If you were an employer hiring for a demanding job, how would you react to a candidate telling you they have mental health issues?

im not too sure they will prob reject me?
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Original post by katana10000
Potentially, but most law firms like to hire from their interns as they basically constitute extended interviews.

I just feel like I made a wrong choice in coming to university and how I've been in alot of stress as my first year grades havent been the best and im not sure if i should restart uni again and start law again whilst having a better mindset
Why do you want to work for a large commercial law firm? What do you hope to gain from that? On your other thread, you have asked questions about the workload and stress of a job in commercial law, and it's been pointed out to you that there is no easy route to success in that field. There's more to life than a big pay cheque.

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