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Personality and individuality matter just as much as qualifications. You'll get stuck in with big projects and on international brands from day one. 

Break with Tradition

The legal profession is changing. And you’re exactly who we need to lead the change.

You’ll get stuck in with big projects and international brands from day one, collaborating in a forward-thinking organisation to solve complex problems for our clients.

Ability, motivation and attitude are what we look for; collaborative and innovative individuals that deliver more imagination and more impact in everything we do.

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How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. If you have any questions please read our FAQ’s section below or email the Early Careers team here.  

If you would like to be informed about future opportunities and events, please register your interest using this link

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APPLICATION DATES

Training Contracts England

Applications for our 2025 training contracts (Leeds, London, Manchester and Scotland) will open in April 2023.

Training Contracts Ireland

Applications for our 2023 and 2024 training contracts are now open.

For the 2023 training contract you must have completed or be in the process of completing your FE1 exams; and be ready to join us for a pre-seat in Spring 2023 before starting the Professional Practice Course (PPC) in September 2023.

Closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.

Training Contracts Scotland

Applications for our 2024 training contracts and our Aberdeen training contracts starting in 2022 and 2023 are now closed.

Trainees Paris

We are regularly recruiting trainees in our Paris office for the following departments: Corporate M&A, Finance, Competition, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate. Feel free to send us your CV: contact-paris@aglaw.com

First Year Open Day Applications

Applications for our 2023 Open Days will be opening on 17 October 2022 and closing on 2 February 2023.

Placement Scheme Applications

Applications for our 2023 Placement schemes will be opening on 17 October 2022 and closing on 5 January 2023.

We only accept one application per intake year. For example, if you apply for the 2023 Placement Scheme/2025 Training Contract you are not able to apply for our 2025 Training Contract.

Summer Internships Ireland

Applications for our 2023 Summer Internships are open. Closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.

If successful on the internship, applicants will be offered a training contract to commence in 2024.

Graduate Schemes

Applications will open in March 2023.

Apprenticeships

Applications will open in January 2023.

 

 

FAQ's

UK Trainee FAQs

Use our interactive Career Matching Tool to find out which vacancies you can apply to!

All applications for our early careers roles can be submitted by the online application form that can be found on our Careers page

Our UK Placement scheme applications are open from 17 October 2022 and will close 5 January 2023.

Our Direct Training Contract applications open 1 April 2023 and close 31 July 2023.

All applications can be made via the Careers page

Our application process consists of the following stages: Online Application form, Voice interview and Assessment Centre – for more information on the skills we look for check out our Placement Schemes & Internships page. Successful applicants from the Placement scheme are offered a training contract with AG.

We accept one application per intake year. You can either apply for our 2023 Placement Scheme/2025 Training Contract or 2025 Direct Training Contract. You can also only apply for one location so please ensure you have decided where you would like to be based before applying.

Since 2020, we no longer have a minimum A-Level (or equivalent) requirement to apply for our Placement schemes or training contracts, We will ask for GCSE/A-Level qualifications for the Rare Contextual information section on the application form but please be assured this is not assessed and only used to contextualise your circumstances during those academic years.

We will not automatically discount an application if this grade has not been gained. There is space on the application form to enter any details you may feel to be relevant, such as mitigating circumstances. 

Also, for current BPP students that don’t meet this requirement, we run the Legal Access Scheme – please contact your careers service for further information. Applicants should be aware that the competition for placement schemes and Training Contracts is fierce, and you will be competing against applicants who have achieved the requirement. Therefore, you should ensure that the rest of your application form provides us with the best reflection of yourself and your abilities.

We provide a weekly salary of for those completing the Easter and Summer Placement schemes. The salaries for 2023 will be confirmed in due course. For reference, our 2022 wages were £410 in London and £380 in Leeds, Manchester and Scotland. If there are additional considerations that may impact your ability to attend a Placement scheme, please contact earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com to discuss further.

Yes, we cover all fees for the Law Foundations Course, Diploma and LPC/SQE. 

We provide our UK future trainees with a maintenance grant while studying. Currently we pay £7,000 for London, and for Scotland and other regions we pay £4,500. 

 

Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please email us at earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com with details of the alternative format required and one of the Early Careers team will be in touch. 

Addleshaw Goddard will work with you to ensure any adjustments required are implemented correctly. We will liaise with you to establish the most suitable adjustments for the recruitment process and will ensure these adjustments are implemented as necessary. Please contact the Early Careers team via email at: earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com and our adjustments champion will be in touch.

Yes! We welcome applications from those with and without legal work experience. We would recommend including any relevant work experience on the application form and have previously seen examples such as (but not limited to); volunteering, charity work, pro bono/legal clinics, university society committee, student brand ambassadors, hospitality, retail, customer service, - all of which have a plethora of transferable skills we see our trainees use every day.

From 2024, our trainee cohort will be working towards qualification through the SQE route.

We have partnered with BPP University to offer our future trainees a comprehensive suite of preparation courses to give them the best opportunity to complete the SQE assessments. Our Law graduates will complete the preparation courses and SQE 1&2 assessments the year prior to their start date, and once the SQE 2 assessment has been taken will join the Firm for their qualifying work experience period.

For all non-law graduates, they will complete the Law Foundations Course before joining the rest of their cohort on the SQE preparation courses.

We take on approximately 70 trainees each year across UK and Ireland.

Yes, we have partnered with BPP University to provide the LPC/SQE training to our future trainees. To find out more, please check our Training Contracts page.

If you are successful in your application and you receive an offer from us. One of our Early Careers team will provide the registration information for the required courses.

Yes, we do allow this but we ask our future trainees to check with us first before making any final decisions.

Our expectation is that our future trainees will pass all relevant exams on the first sitting. However, we know that there can be a multitude of reasons as to why someone may fail their exams so we will always talk to you about this before any final decisions are made.

This will very much depend on what available vacancies we have available for the particular location you wish to change to. We would advise you speak to the early careers team if you need to discuss this once you have received an offer.  

This will very much depend on what available vacancies we have available for the particular location you wish to change to. We would advise you speak to the early careers team if you need to discuss this once you have received an offer.  

Our training contract is a two-year programme made up of four six-month seats. We offer seats in a range of teams across our four divisions. Our divisions are Litigation, Finance & Projects, Corporate & Commercial and Real Estate.

Under the SRA and Law Society of Scotland requirements, trainees are required to develop certain skills in a range of areas of law. Some of these skills can usually only be developed by doing a contentious seat so we would therefore expect that the majority of our trainees would do a contentious seat at some point during their training contract.

Yes, we do. Our trainees can apply to do one of their seats at either one of our clients or one of our non-UK offices. To find out more, please check our Training Contracts page.

Ireland Trainee FAQs

Use our interactive Career Matching Tool to find out which vacancies you can apply to!

We're currently recruiting for 2023 Training Contracts in our Dublin office, applications close on 31 October (note all applicants must be available for a pre-seat in May 2023 to be eligible). More information can be found on our Careers page

We're currently recruiting for the 2023 Summer internship/ 2024 Training Contract – applications close on 31 October, more information can be found on our Careers page

We accept one application per intake year.

Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact us at earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com with details of the alternative format required and one of the Early Careers team will be in touch. 

Addleshaw Goddard will work with you to ensure any adjustments required are implemented correctly. We will liaise with you to establish the most suitable adjustments required for the recruitment process and will ensure these adjustments are implemented as necessary. Please contact the Early Careers team via email at: earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com and our adjustments champion will be in touch.

Yes, you can apply for a 2023 summer internship. You will need to complete all your FE1 exams before you can start your training contract.

Our expectation is that our future trainees will pass all relevant exams on the first sitting. However, we know that there can be a multitude of reasons as to why someone may fail their exams so we will always talk to you about this before any final decisions are made.

Yes, we cover all fees for the PPC. 

Our Ireland based trainees will be paid a competitive salary whilst completing their PPC. 

You will do four seats during your traineeship. One of these can be a pre-seat before commencing your PPC training.

UK Apprenticeship FAQs

Entry requirements:

  • 3 A-levels (grades C or above) or equivalent UCAS points
  • 5 GCSEs (grades 4 or above) including English and Maths 

As well as academics, we're looking for enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to join our team. You will also to demonstrate good communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions and enjoy working as part of a team.

No legal experience is needed as we're looking for candidates that are passionate, ambitious as well as committed to succeed in a legal career. You will have the opportunity to showcase transferrable skills drawn from real life experience throughout your education or part time / volunteer work. 

All of our apprentices are from a variety of backgrounds which supports our diverse culture and brings together a broad range of talent and creative thinking. 

You will have weekly teaching via BPP's online classroom and monthly sessions with your tutor, apprenticeship coach and peers. You will have also have a dedicated Apprentice Manager and Work-Based Tutor to help guide you through your journey as a Legal Apprentice. 

You will have a set study day per week to attend the classes, and will also receive five days paid study leave per year. You will be expected to study in your own time as well to ensure you meet deadlines for assessments and revision for exams.

When you join us, you will be introduced to your team and BPP. You will be assigned a 'buddy' to help you settle into your team, have regular catch ups with your manager to discuss your progress and ongoing training throughout the scheme. We also have a dedicated Apprentice Focus Group facilitated by former apprentices that meet each month to discuss various topics and provides a platform for discussion and peer support.

Throughout your programme, you will receive ongoing technical training to support your role as well as soft skills training which will assist with developing your interpersonal skills such as problem solving, team work and communication. 

We also have a Further workshops and career check-ins will take place as you progress to help you navigate your career aspirations and ensure that you are receiving the right level of support and guidance.

We recruit for the solicitor apprenticeship on a periodic basis and the website will be updated with the available vacancies. 

However, we do offer the solicitor apprenticeship for those who complete the two-year paralegal apprenticeship with Addleshaw Goddard as a progression opportunity. Exemptions will be taken in to account from the paralegal apprenticeship. 

Please contact earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com for further updates.

Assessment centres will take place during Easter holidays. The team will be in touch to confirm the dates upon successful applications. 

Yes, we will provide the application form in alternative formats. Please contact us at earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com with details of the alternative format required and one of the Early Careers team will be in touch. 

Addleshaw Goddard will work with you to ensure any reasonable adjustment requirements are implemented correctly. We will liaise with you to establish the most suitable adjustments required for the recruitment process and will ensure the adjustments are implemented as necessary. Please contact the Early Careers team via email at: earlycareers@addleshawgoddard.com and our reasonable adjustments champion will be in touch.