Do you accept mitigating circumstances for academic results?
Yes, we do consider mitigating circumstances. If you have mitigating circumstances you should outline these in the education section of your application form under ‘Further Information’.
What academic results do Simmons & Simmons ask for?
We look for candidates that have 136 UCAS points (or equivalent, or 320 UCAS points under the old system), and a 2:1 degree (or equivalent). We do not screen out applications based purely on academics, however, and we do take all aspects of an application into consideration. That said, the competition for training contracts and vacation placements at the firm is intense and we only have a limited number of places available.
Am I at a disadvantage if I do not have any legal work experience?
No, we recognise that not everyone will have had the opportunity to obtain legal work experience and therefore we don’t request this. Any work experience can be helpful, as it gives you the ability to demonstrate some of our desired competencies and transferable skills. Whether you’ve completed legal work experience or not, we still want you to show us why you are interested in a career in law.
Does my degree subject mean I can bypass the GDL and go straight to the LPC?
You don’t have to study the GDL if the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) classes your degree as a Qualifying Law Degree. That may not be the case if, for instance, you went to university overseas. You can check your degree against the SRA’s list here
Do you give feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful?
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at application stage for vacation schemes or training contracts. We do, however, provide verbal feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at an assessment day, if requested.
I studied outside of the UK and am having difficulty fitting my results into the education section of the form, what should I do?
Please try to fit your results into the application form as best as you can. All major exam results from the age of 16 should be included and we request that a full module breakdown is provided. Please enter your results as they appear on your transcript and do not try to ‘convert’ them to the UK education system. If you would like to provide a fuller explanation of your education system or have difficulty imputing results, please include this explanation in the 'Additional information' space provided on the application form.
Do I need the right to work in the UK?
Yes, you’ll need the right to work in the UK for all our schemes. You should also note that we do provide visa sponsorship for training contracts, but not for vacation schemes or other events.