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Training contract

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Our training contract is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding lawyer at a global legal business. During the course of your training contract, you will receive a high level of responsibility in the legal work that you are involved in.

As a Trainee Solicitor, you will receive additional support from the Early Careers team and Training Principal, as well as the day-to-day support from your supervisor. 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 are thinking about joining us, you can apply for a training contract in a number of our English and Scottish offices, as well as opportunities arising in our Belfast office. 

Health and wellbeing is a priority for our business, we are proud of the rewarding and fulfilling work environment. Find out how we support our colleagues' health and wellbeing, including volunteer days and training and personal development.

As a Trainee Solicitor, you will also have exposure to a number of business development opportunities.

Find out what opportunities are available in your chosen location

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

England Training Contract

During your training contract, you will undertake four six-month seats, where you will get the chance to be exposed to our four global practice groups.
 
England Training Contract

During your training contract, you will undertake four six-month seats, where you will get the chance to be exposed to our four global practice groups within Legal Advisory; Corporate Services, Dispute Resolution, Insurance and Real Estate. Within your seat, you will work closely with Partners, Directors and Senior Associates on a range of live legal matters. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client, or rotate between different offices. 

The route to qualifying as a solicitor in England is changing. If you are applying for a training contract to commence in 2022 or beyond and you have not yet completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC), we will offer you a training contract, which would incorporate the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). 

If you have already completed the LPC, you may not be required to complete the SQE but you are still eligible to apply for a training contract at DWF. 

Once you are in the business, you will meet with our Training Principal and a member of the Early Careers team  mid-way through each seat to discuss your progress and help you decide which seat you want to join next. The time will soon pass and before you know it, you will be discussing your qualification with our Training Principal.

Locations

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2025 start date:

Please note that we also have a small number of vacancies for an earlier start date. If you would like to be considered for an earlier start date, please indicate this on your application form. 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email us at earlycareers@dwf.law

Northern Ireland Training Contract

During your training contract in our Belfast office, you will split your time between the office and studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
 
Northern Ireland Training Contract

During your training contract in our Belfast office, you will split your time between having valuable time in the office and studying at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS).

When you are in the office, you will have the support of your Master to ensure that you get the most out of your training contract.

Required qualifications 

The minimum entry requirements for the role are as follows:  

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 us at earlycareers@dwf.law

Scotland Training Contract

During your training contract in Scotland you will work closely with Partners, Directors and Senior Associates on a range of live legal matters.
 
Scotland Training Contract

During your training contract, you will undertake four six-month seats, where you will get the chance to be exposed to our four global practice groups within Legal Advisory; Corporate Services, Dispute Resolution, Insurance and Real Estate. Within your seat you will work closely with Partners, Directors and Senior Associates on a range of live legal matters. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment with a client, or rotate between different offices.

Provided you have not completed the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the point of offer, we will pay your course fees at a university of your choice as well as offering a discretionary maintenance grant. 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 join us. 

Once you are in the business, you will meet with the Training Manager and a member of the Early Careers team mid-way through each seat to discuss your progress and help you to decide which seat you want to join next. The two years will soon pass and before you know it, you will be discussing your qualification.

Locations 

We are currently recruiting trainees into the following locations, for a 2025 start date:

Please note that we may also have a small number of vacancies for an earlier start date. If you would like to be considered for an earlier start date, please indicate this on your application form. 

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email us at earlycareers@dwf.law

 
If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please apply for the Scottish Vacation Scheme. We no longer accept direct training contract applications for our Edinburgh or Glasgow office. 

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