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Application Process

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For everything you need to know about our application process, read our step-by-step guide.

What are we looking for?

We require bright, flexible and open minded individuals, who are excited to have exposure to practice areas in both commercial services and insurance services. In terms of academics, we have adopted a contextual assessment and look for good A-levels/Scottish Highers (or equivalent qualifications), and a 2.1 at undergraduate degree level in any discipline (either expected or obtained). 
We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS), which allows us to consider your academic achievements in the context in which you gained them. We understand that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper and we want to recruit the best people, from all backgrounds. 
See below for a step-by-step guide to our application process. Please note that for direct training contracts, the recruitment process is the same aside from attending a vacation scheme.
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Stage 1: Online Application Form
Our application form asks for a breakdown of your academic achievements to date, any work experience (both legal and non-legal), and a 650 word personal statement split into two questions. The personal statement makes up the bulk of the application form. Here we are looking for you to demonstrate your knowledge of DWF, what makes us different, and also what transferable skills you have gained that would be relevant as a trainee solicitor.
Stage 2: Video Interview
Should you be successful at application stage then you will be invited to complete a video interview. The video interview should take around twenty minutes to complete, and you will be asked a series of timed questions (a mix of strengths-based and competency-based questions). But don’t worry, there is a practice question!
Stage 3: Assessment Centre
If you are successful at video interview stage, then you will be invited to an assessment centre, which is a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for DWF. The day consists of a group exercise, a strengths-based interview and an exercise that will assess your attention to detail. There will also be an opportunity to network informally with the assessors. Please visit our trainee blogs page for detailed information about what our assessment centre looks like and some handy hints and tips to succeed.
Stage 4: Vacation Scheme

Should you be successful post assessment centre, you will be invited to attend a two week vacation scheme at one of our offices. 


Please click here for further information on our vacation scheme

Stage 5: Meet the Leaders
The final stage of the recruitment process is a networking morning where you will meet with members of our senior leadership team, which may include practice group partners, location heads, leaders within Connected Services and our operational directors. Here we are looking to assess your ability to work in a team, how you might respond in a client-facing scenario and finally your knowledge of DWF.
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How to apply
Our opportunities will be live from 3 September 2020. Find out more here.
Get in touch
Contact our team if you have any enquiries.

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