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Letter of the week

Previous letters

Including extenuating circumstances in applications

I was diagnosed with depression during my second year at university, and my studies and grades were adversely affected during this period. Will firms penalise me for this when I apply for training contracts, or will they take into account my extenuating circumstances?

Taking time out to go travelling

I am planning to take some time out to travel before taking the Legal Practice Course – will this affect my chances of a training contract in the future?

Volunteering: how to get into pro bono

I'm really keen to get involved in pro bono activities, but I don't know how to get started. Can you point me in the right direction?

Can I switch from solicitor to barrister?

I want to be a barrister, but now I think it would be easier and more financially sensible to apply to train at a City firm, compared to competing for a pupillage. Could I train as a solicitor and then transfer to the Bar?

Financing the GDL and LPC: postgraduate loans, scholarships and funding from firms

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?