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    I want to apply for training contracts but I'm worried I'll be overlooked as I am a bit older (31) and have already done the bar course so won't look committed to solicitor route. I have top academics (Cambridge) and masters and lots of work experience in human rights field including living and work in France (fluent French). Obviously would ideally like to work for top human rights firm but there are so few now and most see to only give training contracts to paralegals already working there (I think this is the case - does anyone know otherwise?I'm talking about Leigh Day, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Bhatt Murphy, Bindmans etc). So I'm looking at applying to some commercial firms to allow me to qualify, but I'm worried they will see through me and wonder why I'm applying. I am open to commercial law and might enjoy it, but I think from my CV it's going to look obvious that it's not my main interest. (I can see the obvious answer is that it's going to be difficult to convince them as it's not really true, don't need that pointed out) Does anyone know of any firms with particular track records of taking on older/previous career kind of candidates?? I'm happy to work for a smaller, less prestigious firm. Thanks in advance!

    Your age won't be the issue, you lack of long term motivation will be.

    You're are going to have to be very good at lying to have a half decent chance at getting through.

    Have you thought about qualifying through equivalent means?

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    Hi There. Your age, as J-SP, will not be an issue. I am also an older entrant into law. I am older than you. I also thought that my age would be an issue, but I believe that the bigger issue was my Al level results!

    I really would recommend going for firms you are attracted to. In those you mention, LD does ask for TC apps, or it used to, BM were recruiting for a trainee about a year ago. Bindmans does only take via paralegals, or they did.so why don't you apply?

    You have lots of experience. Are you looking for a firm to pay for your LPC and GDL fees? You might find the more desirable the firm for you, the less likely it is to cover any expenses like these.

    Other firms, well, human rights law is actually a lot broader than is sometimes supposed. Child law can be human rights law. Immigration and asylum law can be. Human rights law comes in to many matters in some way or another.

    Irwin Mitchell do high profile public law. You might have a look at Weightmans. Both are firms who look at the candidate in the round.

    I would try and get hold of, is it called The Training Contract Handbook? Chambers and Partners? Basically, a big book that comes out each year that lists all firms and their criteria and specialisms.

    To answer your original question, will firms see through you, yes of course as you are not remotely motivated by commercial law!

    Really, just pursue what you want!

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