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Note the key dates

All of the details you need for training contracts, placement schemes and open days are below:

  • Training contracts

    London

    For training contracts in London beginning March 2019 or September 2019 – apply online.

    • Applications open: 1 October 2016
    • Applications close: 31 July 2017

    If we’re impressed by your application form, we’ll ask you to take part in our online reasoning test and a face-to-face interview with HR. Do well and we’ll invite you to an assessment day.

    Dubai

    For training contracts in Dubai beginning September 2018 - apply online.

    • Applications open: 1 October 2016
    • Applications close: 31 December 2016

    If we’re impressed by your application form, we’ll ask you to take part in our online reasoning test and a face-to-face interview with HR. Do well and we’ll invite you to an assessment day.

    Hong Kong

    For training contracts in Hong Kong commencing in 2019 - apply online.

    • Applications open: 29 September 2016
    • Applications close: 31 January 2017

    If you have any questions, please contact our graduate recruitment team on +44 (0)20 7809 2812 or by email.

  • Placement schemes

    We offer winter, spring and summer placement schemes in our London office. 

    Applications for our next series of placement schemes are now open.

    • Applications open: 1 October 2016
    • Applications for winter placement scheme close: 12 November 2016
    • Applications for spring and summer placement schemes close: 31 January 2017

    The dates of these placement schemes will be:

    Winter 2016:

    • 12 December 2016 - 16 December 2016

    Spring 2017:

    • 27 March 2017 - 7 April 2017

    Summer 2017:

    • 12 June – 23 June 2017
    • 26 June – 7 July 2017
    • 10 July – 21 July 2017

    Apply online using the same application form as for training contracts. The next stage is an online test and then a face-to-face interview with HR. If we offer you a place on a placement scheme, we’ll automatically consider you for a training contract. That means you’ll need to take part in a formal assessment day while you’re with us.

  • Open days

    We hold open days in our London office regularly throughout the year so you can find out a little more about us. 

    For our open days taking place in 2017 – apply online.

    • Applications open: 1 October 2016
    • Applications close: 31 January 2017

    The dates of these open days will be:

    • 18 January 2017
    • 15 February 2017
    • 22 March 2017
    • 26 April 2017

Who can apply?

Training contracts and placement schemes are open to anyone in his/her penultimate year of a law degree or final year of study of a non-law degree.  

We also welcome applications from post graduates and individuals who have pursued other careers before committing to the legal profession.

Open days are suitable for anyone currently studying at undergraduate level or beyond. This includes first year students through to post graduates.

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