Applying

Details of how to apply for our opportunities

Training contracts

London

Who can apply?

Training contracts are open to anyone in their penultimate year of a law degree or final year of study of a non-law degree. We also welcome applications from postgraduates and individuals who have pursued other careers before committing to the legal profession.

Application process

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

We have implemented the RARE contextual recruitment system into our graduate selection process. By contextualising the performance of applicants, the tool aims to enable us to identify 'stand-out' candidates, regardless of background.

Hong Kong

Who can apply?

We would like to recruit trainees with high academic achievement and a 2:1, CGPA of 3.30 or equivalent degree is what we usually expect, but we are flexible and willing to see if you have a lot more to offer outside of academic achievements.

Application process

Our trainee recruitment and summer internship arrangements are integrated, so if you successfully apply to our summer internship then you will have the opportunity to be considered for a training contract two years later.

If you are selected, we will ask you to come in to see us during February or March for a brief chat and to sit a short written test to assess your written English and Chinese language skills.

We also accept training contract applications from those who are not able to take part in the summer internship. Interviews for those applicants will take place in July or August.

Dubai

Who can apply?

Training contracts 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.

Application process

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

Application dates

UK

Commencing March 2020 and September 2020

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 July 2018

Hong Kong

Commencing September 2020

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 January 2018

Dubai

Commencing March 2019 and September 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 January 2018

Placement schemes / internships

London placement scheme

Placement schemes are open to anyone in their penultimate year of a law degree or final year of study of a non-law degree. We also welcome applications from postgraduates and individuals who have pursued other careers before committing to the legal profession

If we offer you a place on our placement scheme after the face-to-face interview, we'll automatically consider you for a training contract which means that you'll take part in a formal assessment day during your placement.

Hong Kong internship

Our trainee recruitment and summer internship arrangements are integrated, so if you successfully apply to our summer internship then you will have the opportunity to be considered for a training contract two years later.

Our summer internships take place in June of each year, when you will spend two weeks in our office.

If you're invited to join our summer internship then further interviews for a training contract will follow.

Application dates

UK

Winter placement scheme

11 December – 15 December 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 12 November 2017

Spring placement scheme

3 April – 13 April 2018

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 January 2018

Summer placement schemes

11 June – 22 June 2018

25 June – 6 July 2018

9 July – 20 July 2018

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 January 2018

Hong Kong

Summer internship 2018

Applications open: 1 October 2017

Applications close: 31 January 2018

Bright Sparks

There are only 10 places, so make sure the form is as well-prepared as possible!

To apply, download and complete the application form below.

Email your completed application form to graduate.recruitment@shlegal.com.

Or send you application by post to:

Graduate Recruitment Assistant
Stephenson Harwood LLP
One Finsbury Circus
London EC4M 7SH

To find out more about our Bright Sparks programme download our careers guide below.
 

Application dates

UK

30 July – 3 August 2018
Applications open: 1 January 2018
Applications close: 31 March 2018

Apprenticeships

The date for our next intake of apprentices is to be confirmed in due course.

Application dates

UK

Applications open: (TBC)
Applications close: (TBC)

Open days

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

If you want to apply for one of our regular open days at our London office, you can apply online.

The open days take place on the following dates:

  • 17 January 2018
  • 14 February 2018
  • 21 March 2018
  • 25 April 2018