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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.

What locations can I apply for?

You can currently apply for vacation schemes and training contracts in our Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester offices. 

Can I apply for a vacation scheme in a different location to the training contract?

If you're unsure on which office would be your preference, you can apply for a different vacation scheme location to your training contract application. However, it is encouraged that you apply for a vacation scheme in the same location where you would like to apply for a training contract, as you will get a good feel for the culture of the office. 

Are there any opportunities for international training contracts?

Currently we do not recruit for graduate opportunities for our international offices; our international growth started in 2015 and our offices are still growing and embedding into DWF culture.
However, there may be opportunities for international secondments while you complete your training contract (this would be dependent on business need and trainee suitability).
Applicant requirements

When can I start to apply for vacation scheme and training contract opportunities?

If you are an 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).

If you wish to apply for a Dublin training contract, you must be in your final year of your degree and have passed your FE1's (Final Examination - First Part).

For all training contracts, we also accept applications from law and non-law graduates.

I am an international student; can I apply for a training contract or vacation scheme at DWF?

We do sponsor Tier 2 working visas for training contracts only, but we only sponsor, we do not support with any financial or personal resources. It is your responsibility to keep up to date with any changes to your visa, and to ensure that you are eligible.

If you are on a Tier 4 student visa, you have to ensure that you are eligible for 72 hours paid experience on the vacation scheme in order to apply.

What are the minimum grade requirements to apply for the vacation scheme and training contract?

We look for good A-Levels/Scottish Highers (or equivalent qualifications) and a 2.1 minimum at degree level. 

We use Rare's Contextual Recruitment System, which can help us to understand the context of your application and achievements. We also consider mitigating circumstances, so please ensure that you add these to your application if applicable.

You should aim to make your overall application the best that it can be, including your personal statement and work history. 
Application process

Do you accept CV or cover letter applications for graduate opportunities?

We do not accept any CVs/cover letters as part of our recruitment process. In order to apply, you must register on Apply4Law and complete an online application form.

Can I make changes to my application once I have submitted it?

You are able to update your personal details on your application form (such as personal information, education etc.), however you are unable to amend the application itself once it has been submitted.

To amend any of your personal details, please visit your Apply4Law account.

Please do not email any changes to the Graduate Recruitment Team, as we are unable to amend your application and we will not consider these changes.  

Do you use any psychometric testing at DWF?

We do not currently use any psychometric testing in our recruitment process. If you pass the application stage, you will complete a video interview and subsequently attend an assessment centre (based on successful performance at the video interview). 

If I am unsuccessful at the application form stage, can I request feedback to know where to improve?

Unfortunately, due to time constraints and a large volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback at the application stage of the process.

Does DWF assess applications on a rolling basis?

We do not assess applications on a rolling basis for our English and Scottish offices. However, we do assess applications for our Belfast and Dublin offices on a rolling basis, so if you wish to apply for these offices it is important that you apply at the earliest opportunity.
Assessment centres

Do you have confirmed dates for the assessment centres?

We will confirm assessment centre dates in due course. 

Does DWF support with travel reimbursements for the assessment centres?

We reimburse travel expenses for up to £150 of reasonable travel with evidence of receipts. 

Are there any other stages of the recruitment process after the assessment centre?

The final stage of the recruitment process for the training contract is a networking day. This is unique to DWF and you will meet and network with senior leaders from our business. We will confirm the dates for the Meet the Leaders event in due course. 
Vacation scheme

What are the exact dates of the vacation scheme placement?

We will confirm the exact vacation scheme dates in due course. 

I am unable to attend the dates of the vacation scheme; is there any other work experience placements I can request outside of the vacation scheme?

Unfortunately, due to the competitive nature of the vacation scheme, we do not offer any other informal work experience outside of this. 

If I am unsuccessful for the vacation scheme, can I still apply for the training contract?

If you have submitted an application for the vacation scheme only, you can still submit a separate application for the training contract. Please check Apply4Law to see whether you submitted an application for the vacation scheme only or a joint vacation scheme and training contract application. 

Please be aware that if you did not meet the requirements for the vacation scheme, it is likely that you would need to make some improvements to your application before applying again. 
Postgraduate studies

Do DWF offer any financial support with the LPC (England) or Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Scotland)?

DWF will pay for course fees for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Diploma for candidates who have yet to start the qualifications at the point of a training contract offer. 

However, this is only applicable for candidates in England applying for a training contract to commence before 2022, as we will then be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) and will no longer fund the LPC for applicants starting in 2022 or beyond. Please note that this does not affect funding for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. 

For any candidate who has already started or completed either qualification, we do not reimburse these costs. 

DWF will pay for the course fees only.

As an un-sponsored student, is there any electives that I should choose if I would like to apply for DWF?

We do not ask for any specific electives during the LPC or Diploma; however, it is useful to choose electives that align to the practice groups at DWF, and explore areas that you may be interested to follow on your training contract.

Does DWF have a preferred provider for the LPC or Diploma?

For sponsored students, we use BPP as our preferred LPC provider. However, we do not consider this a disadvantage if you have not completed your LPC at BPP. 

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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