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hhph34

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It won’t be a cut off score, it will be a percentile. Probably somewhere between the 50-70th percentile for most firms, but that doesn’t mean a lot really (as you don’t know who you are being ranked against to get your percentile ranking).
I did freshfields watson glaser and my score was better than or equal to 73% of the individuals in the norm group. The norm group used for their graduate selection process is “law graduates”.

Does this put me in good stead, or just okay?
 

Jessica Booker

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I did freshfields watson glaser and my score was better than or equal to 73% of the individuals in the norm group. The norm group used for their graduate selection process is “law graduates”.

Does this put me in good stead, or just okay?
Sounds like the 73rd percentile (rather than a percentage). Yes, I would be surprised if this didn’t put you in a good position.
 

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Hi! I'm starting GDL at ULaw in September and also keen for similar info.

YourGDL and GDL Answered haven't released the updated versions yet (I think both should be out soon), which is irritating as I'd go through them otherwise. I did get Glanville Williams' Learning the Law in the meantime, which I think should be helpful for overall approach and the basic module on the legal system. I also found some Youtube channels (The Law Simplified, The Law Bank and Studicata) that seem helpful for explaining concepts and cases?
Fantastic! Let's keep each other updated about when the updated versions come out :)
 

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Same here! Application still hasn’t updated from then either 😭
So confused because I have only see one person say they have been offered an AC, whereas I expected more people to have got one from TCLA! Starting to think PFO which will be SO frustrating because I really thought my app was good AND I actually did well in the WG for once 😂 WHAT WILL IT TAKE!!
 

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    Does anyone have some general AC preparation tips? I feel a bit overwhelmed with the resources and advice on here. Are there some core things I can focus on generally, regardless of the firm?

    Any advice much appreciated :)
    What helped me was breaking it down into what you need to prep for each task you’ll be doing! For example,

    1. Case Study
    •practise TCLA written exercise/case study

    2. Partner Interview
    •Restudy values
    •Practise why this firm
    •Prepare questions

    etc.

    Nothing ground breaking boiling it down like this, but it helped me get through the fog of trying to prepare everything and anything. You might find it helps too with drawing out research for other parts. For example, while you might prepare information on recent cases for the interview, that information will nevertheless be helpful in any group task.

    On top of that, the only advice would be to have confidence in yourself! There’s only so much you can prepare for and if you go in as yourself, assured in your experiences and motivations, you’re already well-prepared.
     
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