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‘Are my hopes of a career at the commercial bar just a pipe dream?’
I’ve been seduced by the CVs of incoming pupils and I know mine does not exactly shine in comparison, says a reader requiring advice
Junior lawyer: ‘Will spending a year backpacking in Australia kill my career?’
I've got the travel itch
Career-changing doctor: ‘Can I negotiate my training contract salary?’
I have years of experience and transferable skills
‘I’m thinking of taking a gap year after qualifying as a solicitor. Is this career suicide?’
One NQ asks for readers' advice
‘Will doing a PhD damage my chances of a career at the bar?’
I have a fully-funded offer from Oxford Uni
Will doing a PhD spell the end of my career in private practice?
Newly qualified solicitor questions a return to education
‘Help! I can’t secure a training contract’
Shearman & Sterling senior recruitment manager Paul Gascoyne lends his expertise for a special edition of our Career Conundrums series
Which practice areas offer the best work-life balance?
Readers' insights required
‘I’ve had to re-sit exams, can I still get a training contract?’
LPC graduate seeks help
‘Should I tell my boss I’m taking holiday for a vac scheme?’
One budding commercial solicitor seeks a safe route away from financial career
Will training in-house hold me back from private practice?
An aspiring lawyer questions qualifying at legal tech boutique
‘Is an LLM worth delaying my Magic Circle training contract?’
Future rookie seeks advice
‘I keep making mistakes. Should I quit my internship?’
One solicitor hopeful requires readers’ reassurance
‘How can I escape the TC application hamster wheel?’
One aspiring lawyer needs readers’ advice
‘Has anyone passed the SQE without a prep course?’
Aspiring solicitor seeks feedback from self-taught students
‘How do I choose between 30 seats before starting my training contract?’
Future Silver Circle rookie seeks advice
‘How can I convince my firm to sign off my qualifying work experience?’
One paralegal asks for readers’ advice on the way forward
‘Will training at a mid-tier outfit stop me from realising my US law firm dream?’
Final year student needs advice
‘How long should I spend on a training contract application?’
I've heard 12 hours
What are the hours like at US law firms in London — are they different to Magic Circle firms?
Aspiring lawyer requires advice