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How to apply for a training contract at high Street firms?

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    Hi I have been trying to apply for a training contract with high Street firms but have not had any success.

    These firms don't have a set recruitment process and no careers sections on their websites. Due to this I'm not sure of what approach to take to get a TC and there isn't much advise on the net how to approach smaller firms.

    I am currently a paralegal so instead of going direct for a TC I Sent speculative applications for paralegal jobs but all the firms replied saying they aren't recruiting for paralegals.

    I am self-funding the LPC. Would doing voluntary work experience alongside this be the way forward? Then once I'm there i mention I am looking for a training contract.

    Or are there chances of success by just sending speculative TC applications?

    Thanks for any help

    I have a little experience at a big high street firm - and I know they only took on 2 trainees a year across 5 offices. It could be that the smaller firms just don't have the resource to take on trainees.

    The firm I did work experience at said that all of the past trainees had been recruited after doing work experience, so I think that having a link with the firm definitely helps.

    If it were me, I'd ring up and ask to speak to the person responsible for recruitment to find out if there are vacancies, rather than wasting time on applications when there might not be a job to apply for!
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