We have insight events and vacation schemes. A need for ambassadors on key campuses. Training contracts that start in February and August each year. Plus, alternative routes for law and non-law students. So before you dive into an online application form, have a look at the ‘your journey’ tool to work out which is the best option for you.
Clear what you want to apply for? Then give yourself the best possible chance by telling us what sets you apart and what you can bring to the firm.
It's wise to spend time getting your application spot on. But it's also wise to get it to us early. We don’t wait until the application deadlines to screen and interview candidates.
The process for all insight events, campus ambassadors, vacation schemes and training contracts is similar. Do well at each stage we’ll invite you to the next.
1. Online application form
2. Online critical thinking test
3. An assessment day (unless you’re applying for an insight day) that includes another critical thinking test plus face-to-face interviews
To make our opportunities accessible to as wide a group as possible, we use a specially developed tool that measures students' relative disadvantage as well as their performance. It helps us compare applicants fairly with peers from a similar background. For instance, we might consider:
• a candidate's home postcode
• their school
• whether they were eligible for free school meals
• if they are the first generation in their immediate household to go to university
• whether they were ever in care or once a refugee or asylum seeker.
Find out more about how contextual recruitment works in practice, read about Kye's journey to a career in law at Hogan Lovells here.
Our assessment days help us decide if we’re right for each other. We run them at Atlantic House, our London office. So, you’ll be able to see exactly where you could work and get a feel for the atmosphere.
Apply for an insight day and you won't take part in an assessment day. Apply for a campus ambassador role and your assessment day will include a critical thinking test, an interview and a presentation skills exercise.
To talk to us about a disability or long-term health issues, including any needs you might have during our application process, please email Jen Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a time to contact you.
• an introduction to the firm by a partner or graduate recruitment
• a paper-based critical thinking test – a different version of the online test
• an informal lunch and a guided tour of Atlantic House with trainee solicitors
• a commercial business exercise, if you’ve applied for a training contract, to assess how well you work in a team
• an interview with two partners, a partner and a senior associate or a partner and a member of graduate recruitment to probe your reasons for wanting a legal career and check how well you know the legal and business worlds
• a situational interview with a senior associate and a member of the graduate recruitment team to assess how well you might handle the common situations that trainee solicitors deal with.
There’s plenty you can do to make sure you’re primed and ready to secure a hotly contested place at our firm.
These are some things to consider ahead of your interview:
Critical thinking tests assess how well you can absorb and analyse information. They measure your ability to evaluate assumptions, arguments, deductions, inferences and conclusions. They’re good predictors of success in roles where you need to see things clearly from many angles and separate facts from assumptions.
To get a feel for the intellectual demands you’ll experience from day one, take our sample test now. We use the Watson-Glaser critical thinking test. Each question takes around five minutes. These are just sample questions though. We won’t use any of your answers in any part of our selection process.
Be sure to read the feedback that follows the test. It will help you with the formal assessments you’ll take if you apply for one of our training contracts.
2 January 2020
29 February 2020
9 and 10 April 2020
Spring insight events for both law and non-law students take place
10 and 11 June 2020
Summer insight events for both law and non-law students take place
2 January 2020
Applications open for campus ambassador roles at University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, Durham University, University of Exeter, Kings College London, London School of Economics, University College London, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, Queen Mary University and University of Warwick.
29 February 2020
April to July 2020
Assessments days held in our City offices.
16 September 2019
Applications open for all our vacation schemes.
31 October 2019
Applications close for our winter vacation scheme
2 – 13 December 2019
Our winter vacation scheme takes place at our City offices.
5 January 2020
Applications close for our summer vacation schemes for all students from penultimate-year onwards and graduates.
15 June – 3 July 2020
First summer vacation scheme takes place at our City offices.
13 July – 31 July 2020
Second summer vacation scheme takes place at our City offices.
16 September 2019
Applications open for training contracts starting in February and August 2021.
31 January 2020
Applications close for non-law students and graduates.
January to April 2020
Interviews for non-law students take place.
31 July 2020
Applications close for law students.
Interviews for law students begin.