Student in deadline shock

A London student has written, designed and marketed a book on finding a training contract, all during his finals.

Mark Boardman, who earned a 2:1 from Queen Mary, University of London this year, produced two editions of Training Contract Winners while completing his law degree.

Boardman put the book together in just two weeks with the help of his 16-year-old brother Luke.

The book targets law students at schools outside the Further Education Funding Council&#39s top 20. It provides information on how to get a training contract, including tips on CVs, application forms and interviews.

Boardman said: “It is aimed at people from smaller and newer universities because they need to prepare better.”

Boardman added that this year, fewer than 10 students at Queen Mary got training contracts compared with 40 per cent at King&#39s College London.

“I do not think our courses are different,” he said. “Part of the problem is that students do not think about applying for contracts until it is too late.”

Boardman won a training contract at Norton Rose, which he will begin after completing a postgraduate year on the BPP Nottingham legal practice course. The firm has also offered to pay his fees and give him £5,000 to travel around the Orient and learn Mandarin.

On his last trip to the Far East Boardman teamed up with 18-year-old Indonesian student Estle Iskandar to produce Careers in Law UK Style, which encourages school pupils from Singapore to learn English law.