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Trainee Solicitor Programme

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Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
There has never been a more exciting time to join DWF. As a global legal business, we are transforming the legal market as you know it and going beyond providing traditional legal advice. If you share our passion for innovation and doing things differently, this may be the right business for you. 

During the course of your two-year training contract, you will receive a high level of responsibility in the legal work that you are involved in. As a Trainee Solicitor, you will receive additional support from the Emerging Talent team and Training Principal, as well as the day-to-day support from your supervisor. Not only this, but you will have access to a range of face-to-face training sessions, in-house workshops and practical day-to-day learning. 

If you are thinking about joining us, you can apply for a training contract in a number of our English and Scottish offices, as well as opportunities arising in our Belfast and Dublin offices. 

Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of what we do at DWF, so you will have numerous opportunities to get involved with the DWF Foundation, which focuses on supporting projects in areas such as homelessness, health and wellbeing, employability and education. Finally as a Trainee Solicitor, you will have exposure to a number of business development opportunities. 

To find out more about life as a trainee solicitor at DWF, watch our video with our current and past trainees and Graduate Recruitment Partner, James Szerdy.
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Trainee Solicitor Programme

Hear from our trainees about the DWF training contract.

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Our training contract opportunities

England Training Contract

Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
England Training Contract

During your training contract, you can expect to undertake seats in our Commercial Services and Insurance Services divisions, where you will work closely with Partners, Directors and Senior Associates. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client, or rotate between our different offices.
 
Provided you have not completed the LPC at the point of offer, you will complete the LPC at our preferred provider, BPP. As a DWF sponsored student, we would be happy to pay your fees for the qualification. To best prepare you for a DWF training contract we would fund the LLM Commercial Legal Practice, which will enable you to complete a Master's qualification in addition to the LPC. 

In the year before your training contract starts, we will host a range of events with your fellow future trainees, so that you feel settled before you even join us. 
  
Once you are a fully-fledged trainee, you will meet with our Training Principal and a member of the Emerging Talent team mid-way through each seat to discuss your progress and help you to decide which seat you want to join next. The two years will soon pass and before you know it, you will be discussing your qualification with our Training Principal! 

Locations

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2023 start date:

Birmingham 
Leeds 
Liverpool 
London
Manchester
 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Northern Ireland Training Contract

Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
Northern Ireland Training Contract

During your training contract in our Belfast office, you will split your time between having valuable time in the office and studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS). When you are in the office, you will have the support of your Master to ensure that you get the most out of your training contract.

Please note that due to the competitive nature of the Belfast market, when we are recruiting for roles in this office, we will be recruiting on a rolling basis so it's encouraged that you apply at the earliest opportunity. 

 

Required qualifications

We are not currently accepting applications for a training contract in the Belfast office, however would usually accept applications from final year law students or graduates. 
 
The minimum entry requirements for the role are as follows:  
  • AAB at A-level or equivalent 
  • 2.1 degree (or predicted) 
  • A conditional offer to study at the IPLS (must have applied/be in the process of sitting the entrance exam in order to apply) 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Republic of Ireland Training Contract

Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
Republic of Ireland Training Contract

We are recruiting trainees who are in a position to attend the PPC I in September 2020 and commence working in the office in the near future. Trainees in our Dublin office will split their time between having valuable time in the office and studying and studying the PPC (Professional Practice Course I & II) at Blackhall Place. When you are in the office, you will work closely with your supervisor to make sure that you are gaining the required experience to succeed with your training.

Required qualifications 

We are not currently accepting applications or a training contract in the Dublin office, however would usually accept applications from final year law students or graduates. 

The minimum entry requirements for the role are as follows:  

  • 2.1 degree
  • All FE1's must be obtained
  • You must be in a position to commence PPC I in the following September

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Scotland Training Contract

Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
Scotland Training Contract

During your training contract, you can expect to undertake seats in our Commercial Services and Insurance Services divisions, where you will work closely with Partners, Directors and Senior Associates. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client, or rotate between our different offices.

Provided you have not completed the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the point of offer, we will sponsor you and pay your course fees at a university of your choice. 

In the year before your training contract starts, we will host a range of events with your fellow future trainees, so that you feel settled before you even join us. 
  
Once you are a fully-fledged trainee, you will meet with our Training Principal and a member of the Emerging Talent team mid-way through each seat to discuss your progress and help you to decide which seat you want to join next. The two years will soon pass and before you know it, you will be discussing your qualification with our Training Principal! 

 

Locations 

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2023 start date:
 
Edinburgh
Glasgow 
 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

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