can confirm this is no longer the case and hasn't been for quite some while - I'm a UTS student currently at a top tier before it's even time for clerkships (which would be where firms take their grads). I'm not using my own experience as the case in point example but MQ and UTS students are very well represented in top tier firms.Hi CCmuns,
I too just received an offer from UTS and would also really like to know from other students whether top tier firms nowadays still only recruit from go8 unis. From what I heard (stress what I hear) from other students is that UTS generally has a better reputation than MQ but again... I feel that are both neck and neck unless compared to unsw/usyd. If I were you I would probably take UTS but you've already done a year at MQ and might lose some credits. Up to you! ^_^
In nsw and law, gpa isn't important - WAM is - wam is simply the average of all your final marks (i.e. on transcript assuming all had the same credit points).
Competition is not tough. Plenty of ways to get into law and plenty of sub par getting into law and subsequently getting destroyed by the exams.And you failed to get into UNSW or Syd? Gee competition is tough!
If you're not feeling it... Just trust your gut.Hi guys,
I just got an offer for UTS Law, after completing 1 year of Laws/Commerce at MQ. Is it wise to accept this? I am literally on the fence at the moment. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Don't forget to explore extra-curriculars by being involved in MULS and law competitions, and just generally keeping up with some interests outside of uni. All of these things go towards making you a well-rounded applicant come job application time. My WAM is nothing special, barely over the 75 mark, but I find that getting interviews isn't too hard where applications are open, and when I'm in them, the majority of the time is spent talking about my involvement in the law society, law competitions, and external interests. I currently work at one of the bigger Big 6 firms and the interview lasted an hour, of which the majority of time was spent talking about law society/competitions and my interests in calisthenics and horror games. The fact that I had spent the last 20 months working in a law firm was only discussed for 2-5 minutes during my general introduction of myself. A lot of students who work on personal projects or start-ups outside of uni find that it's a similar experience for them. Your marks only help you survive the cull-line that firms use to cut thousands of applications to hundreds. After you get notification that you've survived the written part of the process, it's pretty much fair game for everyone.Thanks everyone for your advice. I think I will stay at MQ and do my best to maintain my marks.
Well done. 86 wam is pretty solid. Get some experience on the side too and that will help quite a bit e.g. paralegal.Thanks everyone for your advice. I think I will stay at MQ and do my best to maintain my marks.
This is really worrying though because last year a lot of Sydney firms took more clerks than the usual amount and in sponsorship talks with some firms this year, one has already indicated they aren't doing clerkships in 2016 at all and others have indicated they're struggling with the amount of clerks they took in 2015.Well done. 86 wam is pretty solid. Get some experience on the side too and that will help quite a bit e.g. paralegal.
Law market is not as bad as people saw it is. Sydney Freehills alone took in 50 clerks. That's a lot of people so if you keep it up, should be ok.