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You’ve uncovered our world. Now find out how to be part of it. Here, you’ll find out everything you need to know on how to apply, when to do it, and what you can do to make your application everything it should be.

Dates for your diary

Summer vacation scheme


When does it happen?
1 June – 19 June, 2020
6 July – 24 July, 2020

Who's it for?
Penultimate year and final year students of law degrees who would like to start training contract in September 2022

Applications open:
1 Oct 2019

Applications close:
31 Jan 2020

What we look for

We’re looking for future lawyers who look a little deeper; who see the intricate legal details that shape our world, and who pursue their ambition to be part of that.

That means, we’ll usually look for outstanding academic performance as a baseline. Most candidates are on course for (or already have) at least a 2:1. That said, if you can demonstrate that you’re a strong match for us in your career motivations, we do consider candidates who don’t quite meet these requirements.

That’s because for us, a solid academic performance isn’t everything. We’re also looking for something more. Here are the key competencies we test for:

Commercial awareness

You understand global commercial issues, and you can see how the smallest news headline might affect big businesses.


You’re driven. You never give up, and you pursue every opportunity wholeheartedly, actively seeking success at every turn.


You form relationships that last, because you enjoy working with all kinds of colleagues – and they with you.

Analytical skills

Your logical reasoning helps you tackle any problem, big or small.


You’re a meticulous planner and organiser. Circumstances might change, but you stay prepared and on track to deliver – no matter the task at hand.


You think creatively, you communicate clearly, and you don’t settle for what’s always been done if there’s a better way forward.

The assessment process

We want things to be simple, so whether you’re applying for a training contract or a vacation scheme, the application process stages are the same.

The only difference is if you’re applying for open days or for the spring insight scheme. For open days, you’ll only need to complete an online application form, and for the spring insight scheme, it’s an online application form, judgement test and video interview.

What’s particularly important to note here is our support for candidates with a disability: if you need any special arrangements during your application process, all you have to do is contact us ( and we’ll do our best to help meet your needs.

Stage 1: Online application form & Online judgement and ability tests

Stage 2: Competency-based interview with a senior associate & HR, written exercise & mandarin assessment

Stage 3: Offer

We want to help everyone as much as possible, so if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments during the application process, please get in touch ( and we’ll do all we can to help.

This is the final stage, so if you’ve made it this far, we’ll be in touch as soon as we can to offer feedback and to let you know if you’ve been successful in your application.


Kick start your career

You’ve uncovered our world. Now find out how to be a part of it.

We want to hear from ambitious future lawyers who are ready to leave their mark. Here, you’ll find out everything you need to know on how to apply, when to do it, and what you can do to make your application everything it should be.

We look for outstanding academic performance. Most candidates have around 136 UCAS points (or equivalent, or 340 UCAS points under the old system), and are on course for (or already have) at least a 2:1 in their 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.

Our competencies

Whether you’re taking the online tests or completing tasks on a vacation scheme, we look for the same traits in our future trainees. We’ll focus on the competencies below during the assessment process: