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Letter of the week

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Which department should I apply to qualify into?

I am a trainee due to qualify this summer but haven’t been told whether I will be kept on. I have enjoyed seats in employment, personal injury (PI) and private client, but which of these areas has the best long-term prospects if I need to apply for NQ positions at other firms?

How do I become a human rights barrister?

I’m a second-year law student and I want to become a human rights barrister. I keep hearing that only Oxbridge students get pupillages. Is this true?

Choosing A-level subjects: what do universities want?

I'm currently at secondary school deciding which subjects to take for my A levels. I'm hoping to join the legal profession in the future, so I want to choose subjects that will impress recruiters as well as admissions tutors. What should I pick to give me the edge?

Should I take the LPC if I don’t have a training contract?

I have not yet been able to land a training contract and still need to take the LPC, but with course fees so expensive and no guaranteed job upon finishing, is it too much of a risk to take the LPC without having secured a training contract first?

Client secondment or internal seat during my training contract?

Client secondments seem to be an ever more popular part of training contracts at many commercial firms. What are the benefits of going on a client secondment over staying within the firm for the entire training contract?