TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

Asil Ahmad

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    hi guys! what does it mean when direct TC applications have separate deadlines for 'all students' and 'law students'? I'm a law grad - do I only apply via law students option or..? And why is it set out like this?
    You can send Damian an email or ring up the agency Larbey Evans and ask to speak to Damian. I have spoken to him on the phone a lot of tiimes for paralegal roles and he is really nice and approachable. I say email him then if you don't hear back in a day then ring up to speak to him.

    But I say make an application ASAP just in case as the demand for this role will be high like he will receive more than 500 applications.
     
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    lpcstudent2021

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    Hey all,

    Just wondering about how firms view LPC results overall. I just got my stage 1 results back and it went okay but not brilliantly, the average so far is a 63. It's impossible for me to bring this up to a distinction without averaging about 90% in my electives which I don't think will be possible due to the fact I find them all tough to manage. I'm gutted I can't now get a distinction, but I wondered if firms are generally okay with a commendation?

    Another issue I have is that I have some retakes to do for non-grade weighted exams from January. These don't count to my final result but this is all not showing me as a great candidate overall. I'm doubting that I will even get to ACs with performances like this as I'm worried about how my grades are all consistently average and don't stand out as exceptional, whereas other people in my class I know are finding it fairly easy and are coming away with distinctions. The only redeeming feature I have to balance this is the fact I'm having to work part-time to support myself in a bar, which I don't feel counts for much as it's only 3 days a week.

    I'm close to the end of the course so will slog it to finish and just try and get a job but am wondering how much this may affect my TC prospects in the future. Should I consider just paralegalling for a bit and then doing SQE 1. I would only be able to do this once I've paid off at least some of my student loans as that number just keeps going up at this point in time which is stressful, to say the least. Long in short, I'm feeling very lost right now and starting to doubt whether I should continue with my current course as my ambition for my career is city law, (with city electives to match) and these are not matching up to the reality of my grades so far. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hey all,

    Just wondering about how firms view LPC results overall. I just got my stage 1 results back and it went okay but not brilliantly, the average so far is a 63. It's impossible for me to bring this up to a distinction without averaging about 90% in my electives which I don't think will be possible due to the fact I find them all tough to manage. I'm gutted I can't now get a distinction, but I wondered if firms are generally okay with a commendation?

    Another issue I have is that I have some retakes to do for non-grade weighted exams from January. These don't count to my final result but this is all not showing me as a great candidate overall. I'm doubting that I will even get to ACs with performances like this as I'm worried about how my grades are all consistently average and don't stand out as exceptional, whereas other people in my class I know are finding it fairly easy and are coming away with distinctions. The only redeeming feature I have to balance this is the fact I'm having to work part-time to support myself in a bar, which I don't feel counts for much as it's only 3 days a week.

    I'm close to the end of the course so will slog it to finish and just try and get a job but am wondering how much this may affect my TC prospects in the future. Should I consider just paralegalling for a bit and then doing SQE 1. I would only be able to do this once I've paid off at least some of my student loans as that number just keeps going up at this point in time which is stressful, to say the least. Long in short, I'm feeling very lost right now and starting to doubt whether I should continue with my current course as my ambition for my career is city law, (with city electives to match) and these are not matching up to the reality of my grades so far. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
    There is no rationale in you doing SQE 1 as you have an exemption for it if you complete the LPC. The only reason you would do SQE1 if you didn't pass the LPC and needed to take the course again.

    A commendation is an excellent result that the vast majority of firms will consider more than good enough, so I don't think you have anything to worry about here.
     

    banana1189

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    Hey all,

    Just wondering about how firms view LPC results overall. I just got my stage 1 results back and it went okay but not brilliantly, the average so far is a 63. It's impossible for me to bring this up to a distinction without averaging about 90% in my electives which I don't think will be possible due to the fact I find them all tough to manage. I'm gutted I can't now get a distinction, but I wondered if firms are generally okay with a commendation?

    Another issue I have is that I have some retakes to do for non-grade weighted exams from January. These don't count to my final result but this is all not showing me as a great candidate overall. I'm doubting that I will even get to ACs with performances like this as I'm worried about how my grades are all consistently average and don't stand out as exceptional, whereas other people in my class I know are finding it fairly easy and are coming away with distinctions. The only redeeming feature I have to balance this is the fact I'm having to work part-time to support myself in a bar, which I don't feel counts for much as it's only 3 days a week.

    I'm close to the end of the course so will slog it to finish and just try and get a job but am wondering how much this may affect my TC prospects in the future. Should I consider just paralegalling for a bit and then doing SQE 1. I would only be able to do this once I've paid off at least some of my student loans as that number just keeps going up at this point in time which is stressful, to say the least. Long in short, I'm feeling very lost right now and starting to doubt whether I should continue with my current course as my ambition for my career is city law, (with city electives to match) and these are not matching up to the reality of my grades so far. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
    Hello!

    I thought I'd share my results as I am in a very very similar situation to you. I got 57% in Business and 56% in Dispute Resolution so I missed a commendation and just passed them. I was so so disappointed when I opened the results as I genuinely tried so hard and thought I had at least achieved 60 in everything. For the other two, I received 68% (Real Estate) and 89% in PCR, meaning my average is 64%.

    I was so upset about the two modules I got the lower grades in, but just realised the main thing is that we passed and we can still manage a commendation (if not a distinction) overall! We have so much time to start revising now and I am sure you'll smash the final set of exams.

    I'm reassuring myself that at least I didn't fail a CPA and would have my overall grade capped.

    I may be wrong, but I don't think LPC results are scrutinised as much as undergraduate results are on applications. You sound like you will easily be able to achieve at least a solid commendation overall and that's what firms care about most!

    The LPC is tough so you've done so well this far. Wish you the best of luck, and it's reassuring to see someone else in a similar situation to mine.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    is there any point applying to eversheds for direct tc? do they recruit mostly from the vac scheme?
    They only allow one application each 12 months, and so you’ll need to factor that in first of all.

    But based on their Chambers Student Guide profile, then it looks like it would be worthwhile applying if you haven’t in the last twelve months.

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    lawnoob

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    Me again! If an app says "Why do you want to be a solicitor at an international law firm?", and has a separate question asking 'why this firm', does this mean that the answer to the former doesn't have to be firm-specific? And will this mean that I could probably copy over my reasons for being a solicitor at an international firm from another application since it isn't firm specific?
     

    NaimK

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    Me again! If an app says "Why do you want to be a solicitor at an international law firm?", and has a separate question asking 'why this firm', does this mean that the answer to the former doesn't have to be firm-specific? And will this mean that I could probably copy over my reasons for being a solicitor at an international firm from another application since it isn't firm specific?

    Yeah the first Q is not firm-specific. You can re-use that answer across all applications.
     
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