This year, we’re offering up to 80 two-year training contracts for intakes to our London office in spring and autumn 2023.

You can apply either directly for a training contract or, if you’re a penultimate-year undergraduate student, via a vacation scheme.

Apply directly for a training contract:

Winter training contract application window: 5 October 2020 to 7 January 2021

Who can apply:

  • final-year law and non-law students
  • law and non-law graduates

Summer training contract application window: 1 June to 15 July 2021

Who can apply:

  • penultimate and final-year undergraduate law students (UK law degree)
  • law graduates (UK law degree)
  • GDL graduates

For direct training contract applications, we will be holding interviews between March and August 2021.

Am I eligible?

If you are a non-law student, you are eligible to apply in the final year of your undergraduate degree or as a graduate.

If you are a law (UK LLB) student, you are eligible to apply in the penultimate or final year of your undergraduate degree, or as a graduate.

You can apply once per academic year, so if you apply for a training contract during the winter application window, you cannot apply again during the following summer application window.

Apply via our vacation scheme

If you are in your penultimate year at university, you have an alternative option: to apply for a place on our vacation scheme. If you are successful, you will then have the chance to be interviewed for a training contract at the end of the scheme.

To apply for a training contract or a place on our vacation scheme you need to fill out our application form and write a personal statement of up to 850 words. If you are invited to the next stage of the process, you will complete the Watson Glaser test (which assesses critical thinking skills). If you are successful at that stage, we will invite you to a half-day assessment centre.  

Click here for advice on how to prepare for each stage of our application process.

Click here to apply.

We’re disability-confident recruiters. Find out more on the MyPlus Students Club website.

If you have a disability, we want you to be able to show your full potential. We will provide any adjustments and/or support you need during the recruitment process. Examples of adjustments we’ve made in the past include assistive technology, extra time, offering interviews at a specific time and ensuring ease of physical access.

Please let us know as soon as you can what would help you. Of course, all conversations will be kept confidential. Email or call +44 20 7785 5554.

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