Things have really changed. Nowadays there are students who get high grades and study what are considered to be traditional heavyweight subjects. In an environment where there is too much choice there has to be a way of narrowing down the field. So if you are neck and neck and one student has the heavyweights then they will have the advantage.
It all depends on where you want to go. Perhaps you like somewhere that does not have such fierce competition for places? DG
The only thing that has changed is that only a few per cent went to University now almost 50 per cent go to University. Its much easier to qualify as a lawyer with the proliferation of training courses but every year thousands can't and wont be able to get training contracts or pupillage. The competition is fierce.It requires less intellect to qualify these days. I assure you when I've been considering CVs and conducting interviews over the years I haven't been thinking about how many facilitating subjects a candidate had at A level.At a time top universities are chasing students with the top grades for the money they bring the reality is get top grades and as long as they are reasonable A levels you will be fine. .