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 for the Hong Kong training contract have now closed. Applications for training contracts commencing in 2021 open on 1 October 2018.

Dubai

Commencing March 2019 and September 2019

Applications for the Dubai training contract commencing in 2019 have now closed. Applications for training contracts commencing in 2020 open on 1 October 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

10 December – 14 December 2018

Applications open: 1 October 2018

Applications close: 11 November 2018

Spring placement scheme

3 April – 13 April 2018

Applications for the spring placement scheme 2018 have now closed.  Applications for our next series of placement schemes taking place in 2019 open on 1 October 2018.

Summer placement schemes

11 June – 22 June 2018

25 June – 6 July 2018

9 July – 20 July 2018

Applications for the summer placement schemes 2018 have now closed.  Applications for our next series of placement schemes taking place in 2019 open on 1 October 2018.

Hong Kong

Summer internship 2018

Applications for the Hong Kong summer internship 2018 have now closed.  Applications for our next internship in 2019 open on 1 October 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

Applications for the Bright Sparks work experience in 2018 have now closed. Applications for the Bright Sparks work experience in 2019 open on 1 January 2019.

Apprenticeships

The date for our next intake of apprentices is September 2018.

Our paralegal apprenticeship offers a great opportunity to kick start your career in the legal profession. We'll provide you with exciting opportunities to work on deals with international clients and you will also study towards a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard.

For the academic side of the scheme you will gain lots of useful knowledge relating to the structure of the law which you will be able to use in your everyday work. BPP Law School will teach the course through a combination of online and face-to-face learning and you will have one day a week to dictate entirely to your studies. You will spend the rest of the week as part of a team of paralegals; you can expect to be helping our lawyers with a variety of tasks. It will be a challenge but we will provide you with lots of support with a dedicated supervisor and buddy/mentor and lots of opportunities for training and development.

Applications for apprenticeships commencing in September 2018 are now open. To apply, please visit the BPP University website and submit your application.

Application dates

UK

Applications open: 12 April 2018
Applications close: 3 May 2018

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