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Does age matter when it comes to applying for training contracts?

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I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do about it

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In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one aspiring lawyer asks whether his age is holding him back in that elusive training contract hunt.

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I’m a 31-year-old man looking for a training contract in a bigger (i.e. regional, national or silver circle) law firm. I feel like my age is a big problem. I’ve been told it doesn’t matter, but it doesn’t feel that way judging by conversations I’ve had with law firms. By way of background, I have a 2:1 undergraduate degree, a distinction in my GDL, and a career in teaching, PR and business. Is it my age that’s holding me back from finding a training contract, and if so what am I supposed to do to combat this?

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