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There are many reasons graduates choose to join us, including our flexible eight-seat training contract, a competitive salary and benefits package, and the chance to work internationally.

We pay trainees a £45,000 salary in the first year, rising to £51,000 in the second year, as well as offering a range of lifestyle benefits and other perks. If you stay on as a newly qualified associate you’ll earn £100,000.

As a trainee, you can also have:

  • 26 days’ paid holiday per year;
  • the option of four weeks’ unpaid leave at the end of your training contract
  • a £2,000 interest-free loan when you join; and
  • a season-ticket loan (if appropriate)

We offer a range of lifestyle benefits, including:

Before you arrive at Freshfields

We'll pay all your tuition and examination fees for the postgraduate diploma in law (PGDL) if your degree discipline is non-law, and the LPC or the City Consortium Solicitor Training Programme (CCP).

We’ll also give you a maintenance grant to study for each of the PGDL and LPC/CCP courses (pro rata if you’ve already started the course when you accept our offer) to cover your living costs while you study.

We offer a discretionary grant up to £2,000 to support you while you’re doing a legal internship.

We also offer mentoring support and coaching to some of our future trainees who come from under-represented backgrounds, to help them to hit the ground running when they start their career with us.

 

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