Do first-year exams matter?

Dear Oracle

My first-year exams don’t count toward my final degree – does this mean that law firms won’t see my first-year results as important? 

The Oracle replies

Brace yourself for some sobering news. There are many more applicants than there are training contract vacancies, so the whole process is highly competitive. This means that law firms will want to see  a complete breakdown of your module results, including those from your first year, in order to be able to decide which applications to reject and which ones to progress to the next stage. Bluntly, if a recruiter is considering two candidates with equally high 2:1s, but one has much better first-year marks than the other, the candidate with the more consistent track record will be preferred. Give yourself the best chance – taking your first-year exams seriously will benefit you in the future.

This blog provides good advice on successfully coping with the exam season.

Meanwhile, Bar students should head to this post on revising for the BPTC centralised exams.

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