I don't have any legal work experience; can I still apply for a vacation scheme or training contract?

Committing to a career in law is a big decision so we ideally want to see that you have undertaken some legal work experience to confirm that it really is something you would like to pursue. If you haven't been able to complete work experience but have managed to carefully research what a law career involves in another way, we would still be happy to hear from you. You do not have to have any legal work experience to apply for a vacation scheme.

I didn't get 340 UCAS points and/or a 2:1 at degree level; can I still apply for a training contract?

We don't pre-screen application forms using academic results; we read each form in full. If you have not achieved 340 UCAS points and/or a 2:1 (or above) degree then please add any mitigating circumstances in the 'further information' box on the application form and we will still consider your application. We receive a high number of application forms and most candidates have achieved a 2:1 degree (or above). So it is very important that you are able to demonstrate that you have the additional skills needed to succeed as a commercial solicitor.

How do I know if I have 340 UCAS points?

340 UCAS points is the equivalent of AAB at A-level. You can find more information about UCAS points on the UCAS website.

I have a Scots Law degree; can I apply for a training contract?

If you have completed a Scots Law, or other law degree outside England and Wales it is likely you will have to complete some, if not all, of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before the Legal Practice Course (LPC). You will therefore be able to apply following the same route as a non-law student.

How can I make my application form stand out?

The best applications we receive are well written and free from grammatical and spelling mistakes. They are well researched and demonstrate a good understanding about the firm and what it takes to succeed as a commercial solicitor.

Can I apply during my first year of university?

You can't apply for a training contract or vacation scheme until your penultimate year as a law student or final year as a non-law student. We run insight days for first year students that are designed to give an overview of the firm and the application process, meaning you will be well prepared to submit an application the following year. Find out more about insight days.

What proportion of law and non-law graduates do you hire?

We do not set a quota of how many law and non-law students we recruit; we are simply looking for the best people. Normally we recruit a 50:50 split.

I graduated a few years ago; can I still apply?

We recruit trainee solicitors from many different backgrounds. Many are still at undergraduate level when we recruit them but many have already graduated and are completing their GDL or LPC. Others decide to join us as a career change at a later stage. We are interested in hearing from anyone who can demonstrate the necessary skills and behaviours.

I will be on my year abroad during my penultimate year; can I apply early?

The assessment process for vacation schemes takes place during January and February each year so it is difficult for penultimate year law students on a year abroad to apply. If you know you will be taking a year abroad during your penultimate year but would like to apply for a vacation scheme, you can apply during your second year. If you are successful at our assessment centre you can attend the vacation scheme that year. However, as we are unable to make training contract offers to students until they are in their final year, we would offer successful candidates a training contract interview for the following summer (after you return from your year abroad).

How many people do you recruit from your vacation scheme compared with the training contract application process?

We don't have a set quota on how many candidates we take from each process. However, on average we take around 60 per cent of our trainee solicitors from the vacation scheme.

Do you offer work experience?

Apart from the vacation scheme there are no work experience opportunities available for university students and graduates. School and college students in Years 10-12 are able to apply for a place on our Bright Sparks work experience programme.

If I was not successful in obtaining a place on the vacation scheme, can I still apply for a training contract?

Competition is very high so it is not always possible to invite as many candidates as we would like to attend assessment centres. If you are not successful in applying for a vacation scheme, you are still able to apply for a training contract. We would, however, recommend that you amend your form before resubmitting it.

Do you provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates?

If you were unsuccessful at the application form stage of the process then unfortunately we are not able to offer any feedback. The sheer number of applications we receive would make this an impossible task. However, if you attended an assessment centre or interview we would be happy to provide feedback.

If your question is not answered here please get in touch with Holly Fey.

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