I have to resit every exam on the GDL: can I still get a training contract?

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Or should I just call it quits?


In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one part-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) student questions whether there is any point in pursuing a career in law after failing every single exam.


I have found myself in dire straits here. I have managed to fail every single exam on my GDL in my first year (I’m doing it part-time over two years). I have the option to resit and I’m considering it, but I am worried that my applications will just be binned on sight! Are there any firms (outside of high street, divorce and personal injury firms, which I’m not interested in) that will consider me for training contracts once I’ve done and passed my resits? Is it worth trying to continue with the GDL, or should I invest my time and money elsewhere?

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