If you are a LLB or Scots Law student, you can apply in the penultimate year of your undergraduate degree. For non-law students, we would accept applications from the final year of your undergraduate degree.If you are studying in Belfast, you must be in your final year of your degree and have a provisional place to study at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS).
DWF is a licensed sponsor for the Skilled Worker Visa. We accept applications from international students for our training contract opportunities.
If you currently hold a student visa, you will need to check your visa conditions to make sure that you are eligible to attend the vacation scheme on the set dates. The dates of the vacation scheme for your location can be found in the vacation scheme section of the Frequently Asked Questions.
The vacation scheme dates are dependent on location. For provisional dates, please see below:
Scotland: 6 June – 17 June 2022
England: 13 June – 24 June 2022
If you have been assessed for the vacation scheme and your application was not selected for the next stage of the recruitment, unfortunately we will not assess your application again in the same recruitment round. We use our vacation scheme to assess your suitability for the training contract, so we would not review this again in the same recruitment cycle.
You should reapply for the vacation scheme or training contract once applications re-open in September 2022.
DWF will pay for course fees for the Diploma for candidates who have yet to start the qualifications at the point of a training contract offer.
DWF will be transitioning to the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) from 2022. This change means that we will no longer fund the LPC for applicants who are offered a training contract for 2022 and beyond.
DWF will pay for course fees for the SQE preparation course at BPP, which includes our new "Essentials for Practice" course. As this will be an apprenticeship option, candidates undertaking this route will also receive National Living Wage while they study.
For any candidate who has already started or completed either qualification, we do not reimburse these costs.
We do not have a preferred provider for the LPC, should you have already commenced or completed the LPC at the point of your application.
For the Diploma, we do not have a preferred provider and sponsored/unsponsored students are able to make the choice for where they study.
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