When you’re deciding on law firms to apply to, you’ve got to think about the following:
Remember, you’re going to be at the firm or organisation for two years, so make sure you apply to those that suit your personality and career goals so that you can get the most out of your experience. For more information on the training contract application process, visit our application guide.
When to apply for opportunities depends on your chosen study route and law firm.
|Study Route||When to Apply|
|Three-year qualifying law degree||Your second year|
|Three-year non-law degree||Your third year|
|Four-year qualifying law degree||Your third year|
|Four-year non-law degree||Your fourth year|
Some larger law firms hire trainee solicitors two years in advance, while smaller law firms tend to recruit on an ad hoc basis.
See below for precise training contract deadlines for specific law firms.
Please note that while these training contract deadlines are maintained to the best of our ability, we always recommend checking sensitive dates on the relevant law firm website.
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