How do I apply for a training contract?
We recruit our trainees two years in advance. The majority of our trainees are recruited through our vacations scheme routes.You can find out more about how to apply here.
What do you look for in an application
You can come from any degree discipline, but we’re looking for outstanding academic performance as a baseline. You’ll have around 136 UCAS points (or equivalent, or 320 UCAS points under the old system), and you’ll be on course for (or already have) at least a 2:1 in your discipline. That said, we’re committed to recruiting the best people from a variety of backgrounds. We do consider candidates who have lower scores if they show real potential and can demonstrate they’re a strong match for us. Aside from that, there are certain other traits we look for, and you can find out about them here.
The application process for training contracts is only open for September 2022/March 2023, but I’d like to start earlier or later than this. Can I still apply?
We can only accept training contract applications for the year we are currently recruiting for, and we don’t allow applicants to apply for later start dates. If, however, you would like to start your training contract earlier you are welcome to apply. If you are successful in obtaining a training contract, we would be happy to review your start date again at this stage. We stress, however, that there is no guarantee we will be able to move start dates forward.
What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline for training contracts is 15 January 2020. However, as we fill our roles on a first come first served basis, we strongly recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.
I have previously been unsuccessful in the recruitment process at Simmons & Simmons. When can I reapply?
You’ll need to wait until the next recruitment year, commencing each Autumn, before submitting another application. We unfortunately can’t reconsider a candidate if you’ve already applied this year and been unsuccessful (at either application or interview).
Do Simmons & Simmons wait until receiving all applications before reviewing them?
No. We recruit for our vacation schemes and training contracts on a rolling basis and therefore strongly recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note, that if you apply close to the deadline, it will take us slightly longer to respond to your application and there is a chance we will have filled all of our roles.
Do you conduct Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks?
All future trainees of Simmons & Simmons will be required to go through the firm's pre-employment screening process. This will include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The firm undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a DBS check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. The firm's policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request.