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Letter of the week
I have graduated from my undergraduate degree and need to complete the GDL and LPC before I can start a training contract, but am really going to struggle to finance these hugely expensive courses. I have heard about the new postgraduate loans being introduced this year and am wondering if GDL and LPC students are eligible?
I've been lucky enough to secure a training contract with a regional firm, but I really want to be working in the City as a corporate lawyer.
Everyone tells me that I should be attending law fairs if I want to meet firms and recruiters, but what's the best way to find out when they are?
I'm still only a student but someone told me that I need to network with lawyers already. Is this true? How do I do it?
I know that an essential aspect of being commercially aware is understanding how law firms operate as businesses. I appreciate that commercial firms play an important role in business and have to make money themselves, but is there more to it than that?
I've just started my Legal Practice Course (LPC). This summer I applied to 20 firms for training contracts and had three interviews, but didn't score - what do I do now?