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CVs, application forms and interviews for law

 

In the last recruitment year I received more than 1,500 training contract applications and more than 20% had the firm's name misspelt. Another 30% contained typos of some sort - for example, "responsible for weekly gardening, property maintenance and cleaning an elderly couple" and "I have a particular interest in the works of CS Lewis, particularly The Lion, the Which and the Wardrobe."
(Gemma Baker, former Graduate Recruitment Manager at Mayer Brown)

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Example cover letters

 

WARNING:

Please remember that all the above are examples: they are not templates. They are designed as guidelines to the key points that should be covered in a CV for these areas of work, but there are many ways to compose and structure a CV and there is no single “right” way. Feel free to choose any of these examples and to adapt it in the way that works best for you.

Also, CVs and covering letters should be composed in your own words. Do not plagiarise these examples by copying phrases and paragraphs word-for-word into your own application: employers may well recognise them!

Many applicants can't even address a letter correctly – I am horrified by the number of people who write: "Dear Mr Fred Bloggs" or "Dear Sir or Madam", let alone "Dear Sir/Madame", Dear Fred Bloggs, or simply Hello. 
(The Head of Mini-Pupillage at a Manchester chambers)

One Head of Mini-Pupillage emailed the CES to say: “I receive several dozen verbatim copies of this standard letter every month, with over 50% of the applications that I get using this form of words either verbatim, or slightly amended so as to be grammatically wrong”.

Being a lawyer requires, among other qualities, intelligence and independence of thought – demonstrate these by writing your own covering letter in your own words!

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