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Trainee Solicitor Programme

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Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.

There's never been a more exciting time to join DWF. As a global legal business, we are transforming the legal market as you know it and going beyond providing traditional legal advice. If you share our passion for innovation and doing things differently, this may be the right business for you. 

During the course of your two-year training contract, you will receive a high level of responsibility in the legal work that you are involved in. As you are training, you will be supported by the Emerging Talent team, Training Principal and your supervisor in each seat. Not only this, but you will have access to a range of face-to-face training sessions, in-house workshops and practical day-to-day learning. 

If you're thinking about joining us, you can apply for a training contract in a number of our English and Scottish offices, as well as our Belfast and Dublin offices.

Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of what we do at DWF, so you will have numerous opportunities to get involved with the DWF Foundation, which focuses on supporting projects in areas such as homelessness, health and wellbeing, employability and education. Finally as a Trainee Solicitor, you will have exposure to a number of business development opportunities. 

To find out more about life at DWF for a Trainee Solicitor, watch our interview with Kate, Olivia, and Greg as well as Graduate Recruitment Partner, James, and newly qualified Solicitor, Mahesh.
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Trainee Solicitor Programme

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England Training Contract

Find out more details about the training contract we offer at our offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
 
England Training Contract
Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
As a DWF trainee, you’ll work with partners, directors and associates on complex, high value work. We are meritocratic, and you are recognised for the work you do, not your job title or how long you have been here. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client or rotate between our different offices.
 
Before you start your training contract with us, you will complete the LPC at our preferred provider, BPP. Provided that you haven’t already started the LPC at the point of offer, we will sponsor your fees for this qualification. To further enhance your knowledge, we would fund the LLM Commercial Legal Practice; a course tailored to the DWF training contract, which will enable you to complete a Master's qualification in addition to the LPC. In the year before your training contract starts, we will host a range of events with your fellow future trainees, so that you feel settled before you even start.
 
You’ll be provided with all the support you need to succeed, including a mix of practical day-to-day experience, training, and in-house lectures and workshops.You will be assigned a mentor who has been in your shoes and can share their experiences too.
 
Half way through your seat, you will meet with our training principal and a member of HR to discuss your progress and help you to decide which seat you want to join next. The two years will soon pass and you’ll be discussing your qualification with our training principal before you know it.
 
The support doesn’t all stop there...we have a dedicated team who will support you through the transition and through your first years as a qualified solicitor.

Locations

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2022 start date:
 
Birmingham 
Leeds 
Liverpool 
London
Manchester
 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Northern Ireland Training Contract

Find out more details about the training contract we offer at our office in Belfast.
 
Northern Ireland Training Contract
Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
As a DWF trainee, you’ll work with partners, directors and associates on complex, high value work. We are meritocratic, and you are recognised for the work you do, not your job title or how long you have been here. Many of our trainees progress very quickly.
 
You'll split your training contract between having valuable time in the Belfast office, and studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS). When you're in the office, you will have the support of your Master to ensure that you get the most out of your training contract.
 
Due to the competitive nature of the Belfast market, we will assess applications on a rolling basis so please ensure that you submit an application at the earliest opportunity. 

Required qualifications

We are recruiting trainees who are in the position to start working in the office in September 2020.
 
The minimum entry requirements for the role are as follows: 
 
• AAB at A-level or equivalent 
• 2.1 degree (or predicted) 
• A conditional offer to study at the IPLS (must have applied/be in the process of sitting the entrance exam in order to apply) 
 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Republic of Ireland Training Contract

Find out more details about the training contract we offer at our office in Dublin.
 
Republic of Ireland Training Contract
Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
We are recruiting trainees who are in a position to attend the PPC I in September 2020 and commence working in the office in the near future. Trainees will split their training working in our DWF Dublin office and studying the PPC (Professional Practice Course I & II) at Blackhall Place.  
 
As a DWF Trainee, you’ll work with partners, directors and associates on complex, high value work. We are meritocratic, and you are recognised for the work you do, not your job title or how long you have been here. You’ll be provided with all the support you need to succeed, including training and practical day-to-day experience. You will be assigned a mentor who has been in your shoes and can share their experiences too.
 
The support doesn’t stop there. We have a dedicated team who will support you through the transition and through your first years as a qualified solicitor. 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

Scotland Training Contract

Find out more details about the training contract we offer at our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
 
Scotland Training Contract
Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding commercial lawyer at a global legal business.
 
Before you start your training contract with us, you will complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at a provider of your choice. Provided that you haven't already started the diploma at the point of offer, we will sponsor your fees for this qualification. In the year before your training contract starts, we will host a range of events with your fellow trainees, so that you feel settled before you even start.
 
As a DWF trainee, you’ll work with partners, directors and associates on complex, high value work. We are meritocratic, and you are recognised for the work you do, not your job title or how long you have been here. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client and it is likely that you will rotate between the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. The flexible nature of the training contract will enable you to gain the broadest experience possible.
 
You’ll be provided with all the support you need to succeed, including a mix of practical day-to-day experience, training, and in-house lectures and workshops. You will be assigned a mentor who has been in your shoes and can share their experiences too.
 
Half way through your seat, you will meet with our training principal and a member of HR to discuss your progress and help you to decide which seat you want to join next. The two years will soon pass and you’ll be discussing your qualification with our training principal before you know it.
 
The support doesn’t all stop there...we have a dedicated team who will support you through the transition and through your first years as a qualified solicitor.
 

Locations 

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2022 start date:
• Edinburgh
• Glasgow 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email our trainee enquiries inbox at trainees@dwf.law

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