Training contract applications – Why do I keep getting rejected?

I applied for a number of training contract and have already been given a handful of rejections. How can I get firms to look past my grades and at my extra curricular activities?

I submitted a number of applications for training contracts in a range of firms. I worked for hours on these applications, tailoring each one to the firm after doing tons of research. However my grades haven’t been brilliant – I only got a low 2:2 in my first-year but I have got that up to a high-2:1 in my second year. In my second year I have also thrown myself into numerous extra curricular – law and non-law related – activities to make up for my fresher grades, but I feel like law firms aren’t looking at these – what more can I do?