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About Government Legal Profession

Government lawyers provide a range of legal services to a vast number of government organisations, including central Whitehall departments. 

They undertake high quality legal work and have the opportunity to move around and work in different areas of law and practice, and within different departments, throughout their careers. For those who choose to specialise in a particular area, there are opportunities to do so. Other benefits include a good work life balance; flexible-working opportunities, such as homeworking, part-time working or job sharing; and high quality training and development programmes. 

Whether the government is creating new laws, buying goods and services, investigating mergers which could restrict competition, setting the annual budget and collecting the right amount of tax, employing people, fighting organised crime or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice on a whole range of complex issues. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers, who understand its business, to provide legal services to a wide client base - including a range of central government departments and other government bodies.

Providing legal advice to the government is an important element of the work. Government lawyers work alongside ministers and officials as they seek to turn government objectives into policy and law and enforce regulation. Their work is determined by the business in which their departmental clients are engaged. 

Constitutional issues. Consumer Protection. Complex Commercial and Public Procurements. Cyber Crime. Education. Health and Social Care. Immigration. Managing and Collecting Tax. Modern Slavery. National Security. Trade. Transport. Welfare Reform. The diversity of the work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation and a wealth of specialist areas (eg commercial and employment)

The legal work is interesting, intellectually challenging, varied and often unique. The opportunity to be involved in creating and implementing new legislation is simply not available elsewhere. Our litigation lawyers represent the government in the highestcourts –with more cases at the Supreme Court each year than any other organisation! The outcome of cases can have wide implications for government policy and even raise questions of constitutional importance. 

It’s a terrific responsibility – and it’s a responsibility that we want you to share!

We will be advertising 50 – 60 legal trainee positions (i.e. training contracts in the summer). If you are interested in applying, please sign up to our mailing list to receive an alert when the application process opens (this is likely to be in early July).

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The facts

Organisation's locations: 
London, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and various regional offices
Employer size: 
1001 to 5000 employees
Number of graduate vacancies per year overall: 
50 - 60