Step 6 Resource book
Our resource book gives you comprehensive guidance on writing CVs and covering letters specifically focused on the legal profession.
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CVs and covering letters remain vital, despite the growth of application forms in legal recruitment. Our workshop gives you a thorough overview of the area, and highlights key points you should consider.
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A. It is advisable to use a specific name wherever possible. Call the firm, explain that you’d like to send in your CV and what your interest is ie speculative application for a training contract, or for work experience, and ask who it would be best to address the letter to. The firms won’t always tell you so you may have no choice but to use “Dear Sir/Madam” – in which case, do remember to sign off “Yours faithfully” not “Yours sincerely”
A. No. The only exception when you might want to consider doing so is if something elsewhere on your CV strongly suggests that you might need a work permit in order to take up a training contract, and this is not in fact the case.
Q. Should I put my age and/or marital status on my CV?
A. No: a prospective employer should not be taking either of these pieces of information into account when considering your application.
Q. Should I mention in my covering letter that I spoke to someone from the firm at a law fair recently? I can’t remember the name of the man I spoke to.
A. Firstly, yes, definitely do mention that you spoke to a representative from the fair and give the name of the event: it is good evidence to back up your interest in the firm, and that you have done your research. A good tip for the future, is to write down the name of whoever you speak to at a law fair immediately after you have spoken (usually exhibitors wear name badges: if not, politely ask “that’s been very helpful thank you - may I take your name?” at the end of your discussion).
A. The more you have to put on a CV, the harder it is to keep to the two page limit, but it is important to do so. You need to work out a way of cutting down the content without losing any of your key ‘selling points’ through addressing the content and/or the layout you have chosen. If you are an accepted or current student at The University of Law, seek advice from a Careers Adviser: if you are an Alumni student, the email advice service is open to you.