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CV Review for a 2nd year Law Student at a University

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Candidate 03062139


Telephone (Mob):

Telephone (Home):


Date of Birth:

Marital Status:                  Single

Sex:                                     Male

Nationality:                       British

Driving Licence:               Full driving licence


2014 – 2016                         University

LLB (Hons) Law

Class: 2.1 (Expected in 2016)

1st year results

Contract:63%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Criminal Law: 53%
Constitutional & Administrative Law: 63%
Legal Foundations: 59%
Advocacy: 60%

Not bad grades, but you need to work harder in your forthcoming years… Have you got the years correct? Is this a 2 year degree? Aim for a 2.1 as a bare minimum. These grades are a little too close to the 2.2 levels.

2006 -2014  School  A Levels: Biology A* Maths A Physics B AS Level: History A

GCSEs: 7A* 6A 1B (including Maths & English)


July 2010                                     London EC1
Work experience involved gaining an insight into the following areas:
Corporate & Commercial: Family Law: Immigration law: Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury: Research & Library
Whilst also being introduced to the need for commercial focus and good client relationships. concentrate on practical information, not waffly subjective stuff. I know careers advisers like to tell you to put this kind of tripe in, but as a reader of 100s of CVs each week it just irritates me. I want to see what you have done – what did you do in the corporate commercial department – did you draft anything, research a particular point of law, attend client interviews?
Also shadowed a solicitor at the Royal Courts of Justice where shown the layout and procedures of the courts and assisted with processing documents.

This is very old experience now. It is 2015 and you must have been 16 or under when you were at                     . Where are your vacation placements and recent experience with law firms in Exeter for example? 

July 2012: Company
Team Member
Worked as part of a small team of specialist technicians on the developing advanced engine component parts for their world-renowned               . Demonstrated qualities of teamwork, problem-solving and good communication.

2012-2014: Employer
Successfully passed the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Conducted lifeguard duties in large busy leisure centre. Duties involved emergency planning, dealing with potential critical situations, customer relations, health and safety issues, maintenance of equipment and regular life saving training.


English – Fluent it tends to be taken for granted that you speak English fluently…
Full working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Office products, Internet, email facilities, search engines. What about your typing speed? ever tested it?


Member of             Club playing for           Team and             when home – team player since the age of five
Swimming; regularly to maintain fitness levels – believing a healthy body supports a healthy mind
Fitness training; attends     gym and rugby training sessions weekly
Music – Grade  flute; demonstrated good self-discipline and also teamwork when playing in the

very good – forget the waffly stuff again – just state facts – also concentrate on what you do now, not what you did at school.


what is the relevance of the reference of the ‘Director of T’? Get a solicitor on the CV as a reference as quickly as possible.

As a percentage I would grade it at about 50%. Very average, but could be a lot better with recent legal experience. Get some ASAP.

Jonathan Fagan, Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. If you want your CV reviewing publicly please visit our website for details.



Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at