Application 2011 Training Contract-Need of Results from penultimate year


acav
Hello everyone,

I am law student, enrolled in the 4th year of a 5 year degree in law at Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome.

I am looking forward to applying for a Training Contract in a MC/SC law firm.

I wonder if I need to know the results from my penultimate year at the time of the application.
Apparently,only Freshfields, Slaughter and May and Lovells expressly mention that you need them. On the contrary, the other firms either consider that implied or don't seem to need the results at all.

In my case, that would be an important issue. In fact, the last exam of my 4th year is set to be on the 16th of July.As the training contracts are given on a rolling base, that would compromise my chances of securing a training contract.

Many thanks,

Andrea
Hello everyone,

I am law student, enrolled in the 4th year of a 5 year degree in law at Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome.

I am looking forward to applying for a Training Contract in a MC/SC law firm.

I wonder if I need to know the results from my penultimate year at the time of the application.
Apparently,only Freshfields, Slaughter and May and Lovells expressly mention that you need them. On the contrary, the other firms either consider that implied or don't seem to need the results at all.

In my case, that would be an important issue. In fact, the last exam of my 4th year is set to be on the 16th of July.As the training contracts are given on a rolling base, that would compromise my chances of securing a training contract.

Many thanks,

Andrea

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erasoft
Hi !

Sorry, but I do not get one thing : how can you apply for a training contract in these City law firms without a LLB of English awarded by an English university or a GDL/CPE (unless you are talking about Italian legal training, of which I know nothing) ?

But maybe the confusion flows from the "MC/SC" acronym which I have never seen :)

Good luck anyway!
Hi !

Sorry, but I do not get one thing : how can you apply for a training contract in these City law firms without a LLB of English awarded by an English university or a GDL/CPE (unless you are talking about Italian legal training, of which I know nothing) ?

But maybe the confusion flows from the "MC/SC" acronym which I have never seen :)

Good luck anyway!
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acav
Thank you for your answer!

Even if you graduated in Law outside the UK, you can apply for a training contract. You are only required to go through the GDL. That is why I have to apply now for my training contract.

When I wrote MC and SC, I meant the Magic Circle Law Firms and what a friend of mine calls Second Circle Law Firms, meaning the following five firms.While the first definition is known, I doubt someone else uses the term Second Circle. I am sorry to have used it.
Thank you for your answer!

Even if you graduated in Law outside the UK, you can apply for a training contract. You are only required to go through the GDL. That is why I have to apply now for my training contract.

When I wrote MC and SC, I meant the Magic Circle Law Firms and what a friend of mine calls Second Circle Law Firms, meaning the following five firms.While the first definition is known, I doubt someone else uses the term Second Circle. I am sorry to have used it.

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erasoft
Even if you graduated in Law outside the UK, you can apply for a training contract. You are only required to go through the GDL. That is why I have to apply now for my training contract.

So we are definitely talking the same language ;)

I do not think the requirement are the same for non English law graduates. Most of the applicants are law students, and most of the time they must apply during their second year (most of the time, to fail, so they apply in third year, to fail again, and after their graduation, until the seven apocalypse trumpets... you got the picture ;). For non english-law graduate, I would expect they only consider the final "class", of your degree. But if you want to apply now (and I think that's a good option), you may find someone to "back" or "foresee" your success in your last year to put all the chances on your side. In any case, you can still send them an email to get some informations about your particular situation, i am sure they would be happy to do that.

Another route you have is to qualify first in your country, and then pass the Qualified Lawyers Transfers Test. I think it is less expensive, you may find sponsporships from these firms too, and it is much quicker than GDL+LPC+Training Contract (4 years!) to qualify in England. You should consider this (but I do not know anything of the qualifications' rules in Italy !)

And, again, good luck !
<blockquote>Even if you graduated in Law outside the UK, you can apply for a training contract. You are only required to go through the GDL. That is why I have to apply now for my training contract.</blockquote>
So we are definitely talking the same language ;)

I do not think the requirement are the same for non English law graduates. Most of the applicants are law students, and most of the time they must apply during their second year (most of the time, to fail, so they apply in third year, to fail again, and after their graduation, until the seven apocalypse trumpets... you got the picture ;). For non english-law graduate, I would expect they only consider the final "class", of your degree. But if you want to apply now (and I think that's a good option), you may find someone to "back" or "foresee" your success in your last year to put all the chances on your side. In any case, you can still send them an email to get some informations about your particular situation, i am sure they would be happy to do that.

Another route you have is to qualify first in your country, and then pass the Qualified Lawyers Transfers Test. I think it is less expensive, you may find sponsporships from these firms too, and it is much quicker than GDL+LPC+Training Contract (4 years!) to qualify in England. You should consider this (but I do not know anything of the qualifications' rules in Italy !)

And, again, good luck !
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