Are chances for BCL/Cambridge LLM unchangeable after an LLB?


Arthur121
Hi all
Are one's chances set forever by your LLB performance, or can post-graduation accomplishments make the difference.

I am a practicing lawyer in Canada, and received my LLB a few years ago from a mid-rank Canadian university. I stood within the top 10% of my class, having scholarships for academic standing, but am the first to admit I diluted my studies too heavily with extracurriculars. Candidly, I did not apply the effort needed to reach the top 5%. My references are good, but not stellar, as I did not make the effort for deep proximity to professors.

Given that I lack the grades of a gold medallist, and cannot retroactively alter my school performance, is it possible to offer evidence of suitability from other quarters. Specifically, I have written three academic works, including one published by the Oxford University Press.

I applied for the BCL this year but was unsuccessful. Is there any point to trying for a final prestigious publication, such as in the Law Quarterly Review, or would no amount of publications compensate for the top "first LLB so often required by the assessors?
Thanks so much for any perspective you may have

[Edited by Arthur121 on Mar 17, 2018]

Hi all
Are one's chances set forever by your LLB performance, or can post-graduation accomplishments make the difference.

I am a practicing lawyer in Canada, and received my LLB a few years ago from a mid-rank Canadian university. I stood within the top 10% of my class, having scholarships for academic standing, but am the first to admit I diluted my studies too heavily with extracurriculars. Candidly, I did not apply the effort needed to reach the top 5%. My references are good, but not stellar, as I did not make the effort for deep proximity to professors.

Given that I lack the grades of a gold medallist, and cannot retroactively alter my school performance, is it possible to offer evidence of suitability from other quarters. Specifically, I have written three academic works, including one published by the Oxford University Press.

I applied for the BCL this year but was unsuccessful. Is there any point to trying for a final prestigious publication, such as in the Law Quarterly Review, or would no amount of publications compensate for the top "first LLB so often required by the assessors?
Thanks so much for any perspective you may have
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Ribben
The question really is, what do you want to accomplish? IMO both Cambridge and Oxford prefer candidates with an academic profile (as in: a person who wishes to make a career in academia), and in my experience, a lot of people who do the LLM/ BCL/ Mjur go on to doing a PhD or teaching at uni.

So what do you really want to achieve in your life? Because I think it will greatly help your chances if you for example are enrolled in a PhD programme back at home.
The question really is, what do you want to accomplish? IMO both Cambridge and Oxford prefer candidates with an academic profile (as in: a person who wishes to make a career in academia), and in my experience, a lot of people who do the LLM/ BCL/ Mjur go on to doing a PhD or teaching at uni.

So what do you really want to achieve in your life? Because I think it will greatly help your chances if you for example are enrolled in a PhD programme back at home.
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