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Training contract application deadlines

Don't miss this year's training contract deadlines

Many commercial law firms recruit two years in advance so use our handy list of training contract deadlines to plan your applications for training contracts. Applications are now open for many 2022 training contracts.

Deadlines in December 2019

12 December 2019

13 December 2019

16 December 2019

18 December 2019

22 December 2019

Deadlines in January 2020

5 January 2020

10 January 2020

12 January 2020

13 January 2020

15 January 2020

31 January 2020

Deadlines in March 2020

Deadlines in May 2020

22 May 2020

Deadlines in June 2020

26 June 2020

26 June 2020

30 June 2020

Deadlines in July 2020

10 July 2020

12 July 2020

15 July 2020

31 July 2020

Other law vacancies

3 January 2020


Aspiring trainee solicitors planning to start their training contracts or 'period of recognised training' in 2021 need to apply in 2019. Those on a law degree need to plan ahead and submit polished online applications at the end of your second year. If successful, the upside is you'll go into your final year with a graduate job all lined up plus, in some cases, sponsorship from your law firm for the legal practice course or LPC.

Of course, 50% of trainees come from a non-law background and complete the graduate diploma in law (or GDL) conversion course before starting the LPC. Most of these law firms accept training contract applications from final-year, non-law undergraduates by this key date too, but it varies from firm to firm so do check the online profiles above.

It's worth noting that smaller, niche and high street firms tend to recruit closer to trainees' start dates, such as Kennedys.

Applying well before the deadline is recommended

Word of warning: many commercial firms start sending out invites to assessment centres and interviews before their training contract deadline so it's worth being organised, checking firms' websites for more details and submitting your application well before the deadline if you can.

Massive changes to the way solicitors qualify are on the horizon. Do you know how they will affect you? Find out here.