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Message started by MrsB on Jan 18th, 2009 at 8:17pm

Title: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by MrsB on Jan 18th, 2009 at 8:17pm
I've just finished my LLB p/t at Strathclyde and am considering applying for the legal diploma.  My problem is that no-one seems willing to comment on my likelihood of getting a) a place or b) funding.  I understand the ranking process but can anyone shed any light on what average % mark had been needed for a) a place and b) funding?  (all universities seem to give standard answer that applicants vary year on year etc etc but I would be interested in how I would compare to previous applicants and understand that there are no guarantees from year to year).
Many thanks,
Mrs B :)

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by legal bee on Jan 19th, 2009 at 6:30pm
To be honest the situation changes every year thats probably why no one wants to give hard fast answers to that .

Im on the diploma right now and I had to eventually go with my gut instincts

It all boils down to your results in the core subjects.  Also glasgow and strathclyde are doing the diploma seperate soon its either next year or the year after there going seperate.  

Just as a rough idea what kind of grades were you achieving in the core subjects?  

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by MrsB on Jan 19th, 2009 at 7:39pm
I've just done my calculations (straight forward average of all the professional subjects) and my average mark is coming out at about 57%.  Doesn't sound that great but I have no idea whether they are looking for straight merits or what.
Any advice appreciated.
Many thanks,
MrsB :)

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by legal bee on Jan 19th, 2009 at 8:09pm
I went to Glasgow so excuse me for asking something perhaps obvious to you.  Is a 57% like a mid C?

You might still scrape in by the skin of your teeth but you probably wont get funding unless theres a huge drop in applicants and your very lucky!!

I was a mid C to D and to scared to apply to the GGSL so didnt even chance it to be honest.  I was recommended by a lecturer that I trusted to be safe and apply to the RGU, Aberdeen or Dundee at the first opportunity just so that I could be virtually guaranteed a place.  Stirlings diploma is very small and a lot of people applied there thinking they wouldnt get into GGSL and a few got rejected.  Apparently the criteria etc is as harsh it is at GGSL and half the places went to there own students so you had masses fighting over the remanining 15 places.  

I must tell you though this info is all based on last year so dont completely go with it.  

Also have you got a traineeship lined up?  Not that it has any influence on a diploma place but I wish I had secured a traineeship then did the diploma as it would have saved me thousands if I choose not to go into the profession.  Beleive me more than half of us dont have one and the situation is very grim.  I have friends who did the diploma last year still looking for a traineeship. If you have a traineeship then your a lucky women and Id recommend you play safe and do the diploma anywhere cos you have a job lined up.

I on the other hand will be seen standing at the local jobcentre this May!!


Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by MrsB on Jan 19th, 2009 at 8:21pm

Thanks for the info.  Sorry likewise I have no idea about the Glasgow grading system but 60% was a merit pass at Strathclyde.  I liked the sound of the small class size at Stirling.  Do you have any idea what entry is like at Edinburgh?
That's really tough about the lack of traineeships - such a lot to pay out to be in such a situation! I don't have traineeship yet (not applied for any), still considering my options.
Best of luck!

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by john deed on Jan 21st, 2009 at 12:25pm
average of 57 should get you in no problems but probably no funding

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by stu1985 on Jan 26th, 2009 at 12:12pm
I am sorry, but you are not guaranteed a place anywhere. Many students at each university will not receive a place on the diploma because competition is so tight. The amount of law graduated greatly outweighs the amount of diploma places available each year.

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by xx-claire-xx on Jan 30th, 2009 at 8:45pm
Hi, I'm on the diploma this year at Edinburgh. I really wouldn't worry about your grades as I know many people who have got on with less than 57%, including myself (it really comes down to numbers each year), although the SAAS funding can be a lot harder to come by. I had to apply for a career development loan. Also, bear in mind your average won't include EC law. I would also start applying for traineeships asap as it really is a serious problem right now. Even those with traineeships have faced problems e.g. having them deferred until 2010. The workload and expense of the course is stressful enough without the extra strain of looking for a job in the current economic climate! Good luck!

Title: Re: Ranking of diploma applicants
Post by badfelafel on Feb 24th, 2009 at 12:14am
If you have passed all of your subjects you should be OK.  Still apply, and if you dont get in keep phoning the diploma office even after the course starts - some people dont turn up to the course and their places are given away to those waiting in the wings.

Having said that, you might be Ok as your % isnt bad!

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