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  1. dosblancos7

    dosblancos7 Valued Member

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    Thank you- very reassuring! Congrats on your Gibson TC-I've been seeing your insightful posts on the forum for months and I'm glad it worked out :) !
     
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  2. dosblancos7

    dosblancos7 Valued Member

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    Thank you! Just a follow up question, so I've applied to Freshfields and White & Case, and I sent off the application without inputting the entirety of my 2nd year grades(as the deadlines for these apps were way before my results update). Would it be worthwhile/mean anything to send a email to Grad Rec and update them of my grades so they can fill it in the app(I don't think i can update my grades manually). I've done this with Slaughters, although the Grad Rec team e-mailed me for this, rather than the other way around. For some firms I've progressed onto the next stages of the app(WGT) without my second year grades, so maybe im reading into it too much?

    Thanks again :)
     
  3. Daniel Boden

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    Thank you so much! :D
     
  4. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    Pretty sure from others’ posts on here that with Freshfields you can update your results yourself in your application.

    If you can’t log back into your application and edit it with the grades, then you can contact the firms directly.
     
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    dosblancos7 Valued Member

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    Okay - had no idea- thanks!
     
  6. dosblancos7

    dosblancos7 Valued Member

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    Hi Jessica :),

    Following what you said, I contacted most of the firms I applied to, updating them on my results. Freshfields said that they couldn't update my results once submitted(fair enough of course!) ; I was wondering if I would be at a disadvantage(at an application stage) as my 2nd year grade profile remains incomplete, or would they consider that the deadline was before results day, and later ask for the penultimate year results anyways, if I get further through the process?

    Thank you as always!
     
  7. Jessica Booker

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    The only way you’d be at a disadvantage is if your first year grades are not strong. It’s not an issue - they will have lots of applicants who won’t have results - they will either ask for them or just make a judgement based on the information they have.
     
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  8. dosblancos7

    dosblancos7 Valued Member

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    Very reassuring - esp the good first year results! Thank you!
     
  9. Saqibah Ali

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    Hi Jess

    I've seen this on one of the firm's that I am applying to :
    • Apply by 31 January 2020 if you're a non-law student or graduate

    • Apply by 31 July 2020 if you're a law student

    Does this mean I'm actually not eligible to apply, even though I have done the GDL??
     
  10. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    I know I have responded via PM to this, but for the sake of everyone else seeing this on the forum...

    Generally yes, you won't be eligible to apply.

    Some firms will consider GDL students as law grads though, but many won't.

    I would contact the firm if this is not clear from their website.


    This is why I strongly recommend not waiting until the last day of applications to apply though, as these type of last minute questions/concerns often come up and probably won't be answered until after the deadline.
     
  11. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    It is my 1 year TCLA anniversary! It’s been fantastic to be involved over the last year and I am looking forward to many more years to come!
     
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  12. CL20

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    That's wonderful! This thread has been so helpful, thank you.
     
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    Also, on vacation schemes, I was wondering how often (if at all) you should aim to reach out to people for virtual coffees?
     
  14. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    This is going to depend on your workload. Even with face to face internships, my advice would only be to reach out for coffees if you have the time to do so - you have to explore whether you have any other work to do first, whether you could help others do any work second, and if there is anything you can prepare for third. Only after those three things should you explore coffees/virtual catch ups - ultimately these could be done at any time (particularly virtual) even after the scheme has completed. They are not a necessity - they are just a nice thing to do if you have spare time.
     
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    IntrepidL Esteemed Member

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    Hi @Jessica Booker! I hope you are well. Out of curiosity, I was wondering whether firms care whether you get a distinction or a commendation on your LPC? Or, would more weight be given to grades in your undergraduate degree? :)
     
  16. Jessica Booker

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    Some firm who sponsor their LPC students have a clause that they need to obtain a commendation or above. For those firms, they will obviously want to mirror that performance in the people who self-fund.

    I think it is important to get solid grades in the LPC for most firms. They will take it as an indication of how knowledgable you will be as a trainee. If a firm cares about academics they will care about the LPC and your degree results, not just one or the other.
     
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  17. Jessica Booker

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    I doubt any firm has a benchmark that isn’t a classification.

    You’d need to ask them via email/social media but I suspect they will tell you it is a classification not a percentage.
     
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    Happy 1 year @Jessica Booker! I have been exceptionally grateful for your support and guidance this past year and look forward to working with you for the next one!! ☺️☺️☺️
     
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  20. futuretraineesolicitor

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    Ma'am @Jessica Booker , why do students who get in via Indian Based programmes, do not do LPC GDL? I have gone through so many of their profiles on LinkedIn and I have not seen even one student do it.
     

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