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    I'm looking for a bit of assistance with getting some experience in Firms. I've spent some time networking and building up contacts with Solicitors and now I'm looking to approach some of them for the possibility of undertaking some kind of placement.

    One of the Firms I am looking to try and secure some experience with is one where I have met personally with the firms founder (when I presented at a Law Society of Scotland conference on Alternative Business Structures earlier this year) and have since engaged with through Social Media (this solicitor being a huge advocate of Twitter and such like). The firm is inviting applications by way of letter and CV for Summer 2011.

    The other Firms I established contact with at the same event, but have had less ongoing communication with. Some of these firms are also inviting applications and others would be speculative in nature.

    So, I suppose my question is how best to approach Solicitors Firms where you already have had contact? Stick with the Dear Sir or go to the Dear Mr/Miss/Mrs xxxxx and so on?

    At the very least go on the website and find the actual name of the person you are writing to. It will show you have made an effort. Especially so if these are speculative applications.
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