Don't miss this year's training contract deadlines
Training contract deadlines in December 2017
Training contract deadlines in January and February 2018
- Bristows LLP (for graduates, third- or final-year students)
- Cooley (UK) LLP
- Hogan Lovells (for non-law students or graduates)
Training contract deadlines in April and May 2018
Training contract deadlines in June and July 2018
- Addleshaw Goddard LLP
- Ashurst LLP
- Bristows LLP (for penultimate-year law students)
- Burges Salmon LLP
- Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Clyde & Co LLP
- Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Gowling WLG
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (second closing)
- Hogan Lovells (for penultimate-year law students)
- K&L Gates LLP
- Macfarlanes LLP
- Mayer Brown International LLP
- Mills & Reeve LLP
- Penningtons Manches LLP
- Shearman & Sterling LLP
- Stephenson Harwood LLP
- Travers Smith LLP
- White & Case LLP
See the following law firms' websites for details of their training contract deadlines
Aspiring trainee solicitors planning to start their training contracts or ‘period of recognised training’ in 2020 need to apply in winter 2017 or during 2018.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. As you can see above, some firms, such as Hogan Lovells, have January deadlines for non-law students and graduates.
The rules around when in the year law firms can recruit trainees and offer training contracts were relaxed in 2015. As a result, not all firms use the previously popular 31 July deadline. When putting together the list above, we noticed that 30% of TARGETjobs Law's advertisers have moved their training contract deadlines away from 31 July to earlier in the year; some as early as December 2017 or January 2018: Clifford Chance wants all training contract applications in by 3 January 2018; Bird & Bird and Taylor Wessing use a 30 April 2018 deadline for all their applications.
It’s worth noting that smaller, niche and high street firms tend to recruit closer to trainees' start dates.
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.