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We want to provide you with as much information as possible to help inform your decision about applying with us, so we've listed the most frequently asked questions here.
Your application

 I have mitigating circumstances that impacted my studies. Can I share these with DWF?

We would actively encourage candidates to share details of their mitigating circumstances directly onto their application form in the relevant "supplementary information" sections. This will be considered when we look at your application and will allow us to consider your achievements in context. 

I'm worried that my A-Levels or Scottish Highers won't meet the entry requirement. Should I still apply?

We made the decision to remove our A-Level and Scottish Highers criteria in 2020 so we now look at your academics in the context that you gained them using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The only academics that we will consider going forward is your degree achievements where we ask for a 2:1. If you have not gained a 2:1, we welcome your application and it will be reviewed in full, considering any relevant mitigating circumstances. 

I haven't been able to gain any legal experience. Will that go against me? 

At DWF we do not penalise candidates who have not yet gained any legal work experience. We encourage you to list details of any non-legal work experience, which can include part-time, volunteering, charity work or events where you have gone through a selection process to attend. 

Your background

I need a work permit to work in the UK. Am I able to apply to DWF?

If you require a work permit and are offered a role with DWF, we will endeavour to support your application for a work permit. Please note that offers of employment are conditional on obtaining and maintaining applicable work authorisations, and this may at times fall outside of our control.

Please note that some of our programmes (such as the solicitor apprenticeship) currently do not meet the requirements for visa sponsorship at this time. 

I didn't study in the UK, do you have any tips on how I can enter my academics? 

Please list your qualifications as they are within the application form and we will be able to consider how they apply to our entry requirements. It is helpful if you can provide as much information as possible about your qualification.    

I will require some adjustments throughout the recruitment process. How can I flag these? 

Please flag these directly onto your application form. Each individual may have different requirements so at some stages, we may ask you to re-confirm what adjustments you would need for that application stage. Please ensure that you confirm these promptly so that we can ensure they are in place for you.  

I'm looking for a career within a law firm but don't want to commence a legal career. Do I have any options at DWF?

Our non-legal apprenticeships and business services graduate schemes will be the best options for you. For more information on whether these programmes are live and accepting applications, please visit the page directly.

I am worried about funding for postgraduate qualifications. Will DWF support with this? 

DWF will pay the course fees for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (England), Diploma (Scotland) and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (Northern Ireland). In each of these offices, successful applicants will also be offered additional financial support, which depends on the structure of the course. 

For example, in England and Northern Ireland this would be an apprenticeship and therefore candidates will receive a monthly wage which covers the in-office training and periods of full-time study. 

What's next?

How soon will I hear back from the point of submitting my application?

We do not recruit on a rolling basis for any of our programmes, so you will not receive an update until after the application deadline. After the deadline, we kindly request that you allow 14 working days for us to screen the remainder of applications before you approach the team for an update. 

I've noticed a mistake on my application form. Can I amend this? 

Unfortunately it's not possible to make changes to an application form once submitted. However you can log in to your Apply4Law account and add supplementary information which will be considered if it is available prior to your application being screened. 

What is the trainee salary if successful? 

Our salaries vary by office. Please see a list of our most up-to-date first year trainee solicitor salaries below: 

  • Belfast: £21,255
  • Scotland: £26,000
  • Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle: £26,000
  • London: £38,000 

For our apprenticeship opportunities, the salary will be Real Living Wage which is currently £19,305 based off a 37.5 hour week. Apprentices in our London office would receive London Living Wage which is a separate higher rate. 

If I'm unsuccessful, can I request feedback? 

We will provide application feedback for those who are invited to the assessment centre and any subsequent stages. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback prior to this stage.  

If I am unsuccessful, can I re-apply in the future?

Yes absolutely, we welcome applications from candidates who have applied in the past. The only exception is that we ask you not to re-apply in the same recruitment cycle (September-August) as there will not be enough of an opportunity for your application to improve. If you re-apply in the same application cycle, unfortunately your application will be automatically rejected. 

Applications will reopen in Autumn 2024

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