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Letter of the week

Previous letters

Travelling and training contract prospects

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?

How to make a good impression on the first day of your training contract

I start my training contract in September and was wondering how best to make a positive impression and to stand out from the crowd. Also, what should I aim to achieve in each seat?

How to dress to impress at an interview

I've got a couple of training contract interviews coming up. Obviously, I need to wear formal/business attire, but what exactly does this mean - especially for women?

How to handle a scenario-based question at a training contract interview

What should I do if I don't know the answer to a scenario-based question at a training contract interview?

How many training contract applications should I make?

Last year I sent off over 40 training contract applications, but wasn't invited for a single interview. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things this year?