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Letter of the week

Previous letters

No vacation scheme: alternative work experience

I applied for places on a few summer vacation schemes, but was unfortunately unsuccessful. What kinds of alternative work experiences can I pursue to boost my CV and future applications?

Not posh enough for law?

I have read that some top firms still see 'poshness' as important when recruiting. I didn’t go to a selective school and have a Midlands accent, but have good A levels and my ambition is to be a City lawyer - what does this mean for my chances?

Career changer hoping to become a solicitor

I've heard that recruitment at the big firms is geared towards younger candidates and that smaller firms won't be able to afford to take me either – is there any hope that I can achieve my ambition?

Considering a master’s

I'm thinking of doing a master’s degree after my undergraduate studies. It would be a pretty expensive undertaking though; what factors should I take into account in helping me make the decision and would it boost my chances of securing a training contract?

I want to be a human rights barrister

I’ve just started the second year of my law degree and want to become a human rights barrister. I keep hearing people say that only Oxbridge students get pupillages. Is this true?