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During the selection process for Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts, you may be asked why you chose your A-Level (or equivalent) subjects, so be prepared to talk about your reasons. If you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a Commercial Lawyer, you should choose subjects at A-Level that will give you transferable skills that can be applied to a career in commercial law. For example, studying history will develop your analytical skills, while studying economics will develop your commercial awareness.

As with GCSE grades, A-Level grades form part of the selection criteria for many firms. We look for around 340 UCAS points as a benchmark and use a contextualised recruitment system to understand each candidate’s achievements in the context in which they have been gained. So even if you fall slightly short of our qualifying criteria, if you demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered.

Planning to study law at university?


Pursuing a career in commercial law doesn’t mean you need to study law at university. If you choose not to, you’ll need to convert your degree by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). After a full-time academic year of studying, you’ll have an equivalent to a law degree.

When picking a university course, we encourage you to study something that you enjoy and will aid you with relevant transferable skills: at the end of the day, it will be your performance throughout the course that counts.

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