2:2 & nearly qualified solicitor


thegimp

I have a 2:2 degree(with some extenuating cicumstances but would rather not have to bring that up if it can be avoided), it would have been nearer to a 2:1 than a third but still solidly a 2:2. I will qualify as an Irish solicitor next year and would like to study for an LLM in either Ireland or the UK. Anybody been in a similar position or have any suggestions/recommendations on Uni's, etc?

I have a 2:2 degree(with some extenuating cicumstances but would rather not have to bring that up if it can be avoided), it would have been nearer to a 2:1 than a third but still solidly a 2:2. I will qualify as an Irish solicitor next year and would like to study for an LLM in either Ireland or the UK. Anybody been in a similar position or have any suggestions/recommendations on Uni's, etc?
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lmwoods

Some others have commented that many institutions accept 2,2s. I don't know if that is the case, and certainly for a mid 2,2 but is worth looking at your transcript to see how best to present your case. One way of approaching things is to look for 'exit velocity', that is an improved performance in your last year over previous years' performances. Many institutions take this into account on the basis that it reflects where you currently are in terms of academic development. Another way is to look for subjects you were particularly good at, and look for LLMs focussing in those areas. Of course, practice does make a difference (especially if it is falling in your stronger areas), but my own assessment would be that you haven't yet done enough for that to be a big positive factor in an application.

Some others have commented that many institutions accept 2,2s. I don't know if that is the case, and certainly for a mid 2,2 but is worth looking at your transcript to see how best to present your case. One way of approaching things is to look for 'exit velocity', that is an improved performance in your last year over previous years' performances. Many institutions take this into account on the basis that it reflects where you currently are in terms of academic development. Another way is to look for subjects you were particularly good at, and look for LLMs focussing in those areas. Of course, practice does make a difference (especially if it is falling in your stronger areas), but my own assessment would be that you haven't yet done enough for that to be a big positive factor in an application.
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