How to use this guide

The information in this guide is presented to help those applying gain a better understanding of the traineeship market, the ways in which certain entities recruit, what those entities are looking for and what they offer to graduates.

The answers given by training units were correct at point of submission to the Law Society of Scotland. They may change depending on training unit need and market conditions. We will update it whenever we receive updated information, although there may on occasion be a time lag.

This document should be treated by law students as helpful guidance and not a substitute for direct engagement with potential employers. The onus is on individual students to look at the websites and social media accounts and attend events of those training units they are considering applying to, and also remain alert for any changed application dates. Some of the training units that use this guide may also occasionally have additional short notice traineeships that are unlikely to find their way into this document. 

It is important to note that not every training unit will be listed here. Many training units only recruit trainees occasionally and/or at short notice. We are providing this service on the basis that it will be of particular use to those training units that recruit numerous trainees each year and usually do so in advance.

Moreover, it is by no means mandatory for any training unit to give the Society this information, so if a training unit is not listed that is their decision. If any training unit would like to be included please contact legaleduc@lawscot.org.uk

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Normally Aberdeen, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and RGU, however have also attended Dundee and Napier.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications for 2023 closed. For 2024, applications are being accepted but no closing date set as yet, as this is normally a date in late October.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

As per previous response, 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

6

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

2

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes, in that we set a scenario that interviewees have a period of time to review and respond to various questions asked as part of the scenario set

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

We have various committees in place ie Staff Representative Council, H&S and Environmental. We also have in place mentors for our Trainees too.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We are IIP accredited

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

N/A

Where can applicants find out more?

Our website

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

University of Aberdeen; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Dundee; Strathclyde University; LawScot Diversity & Inclusion Event; Legal Cheek Scotland virtual law fair

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

For our placement scheme and direct route the minimum is currently a 2:1 degree but we do consider mitigating circumstances. We do also run a separate campaign for applicants via the lawscot foundation who do not meet the criteria for the p/s and direct route

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications for our 2024 Training contract in Glasgow/Edinburgh are currently open, closing date 31 July.

Applications for our 2022/2023 Aberdeen Training Contract are currently open, closing date 31 May

Applications for this years placement scheme are now closed. However our 2023 Placement Scheme / 2025 Training Contract applications will open 1 October 2022.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

Aberdeen 2022 and 2023

Glasgow/Edinburgh 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Roughly between 13 and 15

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

Direct to TC route: 3 rounds

Placement Scheme: 4 rounds, as this includes the scheme itself

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Yes:

Disability – The Ability Forum

Ethnicity – AG Embrace

Gender – The Vine

LGBTQ+ – Open AG

Social Mobility.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We are a very proud sponsor of the LawScot foundation and offer one LawScot student a place on our Summer placement scheme

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

N/A

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: graduates.addleshawgoddard.com
Instagram: AG_Grads
Twitter: @Aggrads
Facebook: @addleshawgoddardgraduates
LinkedIn: Addleshaw Goddard

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

We are reviewing this.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Open in September; close mid-October

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

Looking to top up 2022; will recruit via our summer placement/trainee recruitment for 2023 & 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

8 to 10.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

Normally telephone; some tests and an interview/presentation

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

No

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?
  • IIP/IIYP Gold accredited
  • The Herald Law Awards Managing partner of the year 2021 and Commercial Real Estate Team of the Year 2021
  • Sponsor Lawscot Foundation students
  • Invest time within schools to inform about careers in legal firms; we have work placements for school pupils and students
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group run a variety of initiatives throughout the year – mental health awareness; wellbeing initiatives; carers week; Pride events; etc.
  • Trainees are invited to join our committees such as the Staff Forum (Reps); Equality; Innovation; Social committees as well as encouraged to participate in business development opportunities.
  • Mentoring and buddy programme in place to support.  3 CSR days a year.
Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?
  • We carry out blind application review
  • Telephone interviews with HR
  • “Mini assessment centre” with group exercise; some assessments
  • Interview/presentation to partners/HR
  • Opportunity to meet our trainees for a Q&A session
Where can applicants find out more?

Website: https://www.andersonstrathern.co.uk/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/anderson-strathern-llp/

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Glasgow University, Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University and Dundee University

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

N/A

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Monday, 6 June – Monday, 8 August

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024 with some traineeships available in 2023

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

22

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

One

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Yes – we have six colleague networks – Pride, Women, Parents, Carers, Multicultural, Younger colleagues.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?
  • We have a gold accreditation for both Investors in People and Investors in Young People.
  • We are sponsors of the LawScot Foundation.
  • Brodies is a founding member of the PRIME initiative, with our managing partner on the board. We are also leading the pilot of PRIME's cold spot project.
  • We are signatories of the Social Mobility Pledge, and the firm is ranked no.44 on the Social Mobility Employer Index.
  • Reinforcing our commitment to mental health and wellbeing, we are signatories of the Mindful Business Charter.
Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Your application will be passed to our assessors with all your personal details removed, in line with recruitment best practice and to support our Inclusion & Diversity agenda

Where can applicants find out more?

Information on our traineeships programme can be found on our website.

Candidates may find it useful to visit our trainee blog, this provides lots of useful insight in to life as a trainee or summer student at Brodies and can be helpful preparation for the recruitment processes.

As well as all our social media channels –  

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Instagram

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

The Law Society of Scotland Celebrating Inclusion Law Fair

Legal Cheek (Scotland Fair)

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

2.1 degree classifications

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications open in September

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2023 & 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Our intake is approximately 22

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

1 Assessment Centre which includes a case study and interview

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

Yes

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

Yes

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?
  • BeValued (Inclusion Network)
  • BeProud (LGBTQI+ network)
  • BeMindful (Mental Health Network)
  • Race Faith and Ethnicity Network
Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?
  • PRIME Sponsors
  • Lawscot (Gold Sponsors)
  • Best Early Careers Employer (S1 Jobs 2022)
  • Robertson Trust – Legal Career Pathway
  • Stonewall – Top 100 Employer
  • Menopause Friendly Employer Accreditation
  • Signatories of Mindful Business Charter
  • TIDE Silver award
  • Armed Forces Covenant
  • Terra Carta Signatories
  • Legal Sustainability Alliance & Sustainable Recruitment Alliance
  • Members of Legal Core
  • Signatories of Race Fairness Commitment
  • Members of 30% Club
  • Members of GLASS network
Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We recruit the majority of our trainees through our summer vacation scheme, the summer programme is open to students from third year LLB (or first year accelerated) onwards. Diploma students are also welcome on the programme.

Where can applicants find out more?

We host insight events in Spring (April) and Winter (November) which we advertise on our social media channels.

Twitter: @BurnessPaullHR

Facebook: @BurnessPaullGrads

We also have a closed linked in group for students to engage with us join here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9069661/

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Normally representatives attend the Law Society fair and the University of Glasgow Law Fair however we may attend others throughout this year.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

A LLB in Scots Law (or equivalent honours degree in other subjects combined with a degree in Scots Law), a valid Diploma in Legal Practice from a Scottish University and a Law Society Entrance Certificate.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

We have recruited in February 2022 and may recruit next year around the same time.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

Intakes for September 2024, March 2025 and maybe September 2025

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We normally have two intakes per year where we tend to recruit for 15 per intake.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No, but this is something we may consider in the future.

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

COPFS has several staff network groups which include:

Equality Ambassadors: As part of our commitment to equality for all staff we have a number of Equality Ambassadors who are responsible for promoting their characteristic across the service and beyond.

Sheriffdom Equality Networks (ShEN): Each Sheriffdom has their own equality network, which supports internal and external engagement and awareness of equality issues. The groups advise on policy issues and some run events, like autism awareness sessions, Pride attendance and the Schools’ Public Speaking Competition. Each ShEN has a leader, responsible for the work of the network, and an administrative contact.

Proud in COPFS: The Proud in COPFS network supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff. They also provide support and guidance for parents and carers of LGBTI children.

Staff Disability Advisory Group: The Staff Disability Advisory Group comprises of disabled staff, carers and staff with a special interest in disability equality. It was established to meet the specific requirement in disability equality legislation that disabled people be directly involved in improving policy and practice. The Group acts as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on disability equality, and to advise and influence the development, assessment and implementation of policies relating to disabled staff.

Believe… in COPFS: The Believe…in COPFS group is for everyone, all staff are welcome to join the network to discuss and consider faith and belief issues. The only requirement is respect for the religion or belief of all members. You can be an active contributor or just sit quietly and reflect.

Carers Network: The Carers Network group supports colleagues across the organisation who have caring responsibilities.

Mental Health Network: The Mental Health Network group supports staff with mental health conditions by raising awareness of and signposting appropriate support mechanisms.

Inclusion in COPFS: Inclusion in COPFS is a BAME staff network which aims to provide support and information to colleagues across the service on equalities issues related to race and ethnicity.

Gender Equality Network (GEN): The Gender Equality Network (GEN) is your employee network for support on gender-based issues.

The Neurodiversity Support Network (NSN): The NSN is a resource for all staff to access advice and guidance on all aspects of neurodiversity including autism, ADHD, epilepsy, migraines, and dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We currently use Competency Based Selection, where candidates may also be asked to complete a further assessment such as a presentation as part of the interview process.  We are moving to Civil Service Success Profiles later in the year.

Where can applicants find out more?

At the time of advertising information will be available on COPFS Website and other social media such as Twitter.  General information can be found on COPFS website, future candidates can also email Recruitment@copfs.gov.uk to have their name added to a mailing list which will advise when the next Trainee Solicitor campaign is live. Adverts are also shared with Universities to advertise amongst students.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

We work with Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Dundee and Aberdeen.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

We look for a strong academic performance but consider each form holistically, taking all achievements into account.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Traineeships: December 1st – June 30th

Vacation Schemes: October 1st – January 3rd

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2023, 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

10 in Scotland.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

One telephone interview, one assessment centre

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

Yes

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Black Professionals, Asian Professionals, LGBTQ+, Gender Equality, Parents and Carers

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We recruit on a rolling basis so recommend applying as soon as you feel you can submit a strong application. We aren't looking for one type of trainee, so encourage you to be yourself and let us know your personal motivations and interests.

Where can applicants find out more?

https://challengers.dentons.com/

https://www.instagram.com/dentonsearlycareersuk/

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Glasgow University, Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University and Dundee University

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Our student placement process (which takes place in the summer) is the main route to a traineeship with our firm, although we do open up for separate traineeship applications in May of each year (closing date end June) and those applications will be considered alongside the applications of the students who undertake our student placement during the summer. Our student placement application process for this summer 2022 closed in January 2022.  The traineeship process will open in May 2022 and close at the end of June 2022.  This process is for traineeships commencing September 2024.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

September 2024 intake.

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We offer approximately 10 corporate/commercial traineeships and 2 commercial property traineeships.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare Recruitment

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

2 or 3

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

No

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Given the size of the Firm, we don't currently have any staff networks. 

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Dickson Minto are a platinum sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation. We also offer student bursaries via Edinburgh University.

We are an equal opportunities employer and committed to promoting best practice.

We run a mentoring scheme for trainees.

We support many charities via the Dickson Minto Charitable Foundation.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Our application process is deliberately very straightforward. Interviews are normally carried out by senior lawyers and involve a discussion with the candidate about their work experience, academic achievements and other interests as well as allowing the candidate to gain a better understanding of a student placement or traineeship with the firm.

Where can applicants find out more?

Instagram: Dickson Minto
Facebook: DM Graduates
Twitter: Dickson Minto WS

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Strathclyde University
Glasgow University
Dundee University
Edinburgh University

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

2:1 Degree Classification (Obtained/Expected)
Higher English – Grade A (or equivalent)
Higher Maths – Grade B (or equivalent)

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications will open on 13 June and close 22 July. 

 

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Approximately 8-10 per year. This figure may vary depending on firm capacity.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

Candidates are invited to a final stage interview, commencing in September.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Candidates will be asked to take part in:

  • Spelling & Grammar Test
  • Client Interview Scenario
  • Journal Article exercise

The assessment centre is held virtually and can be done anywhere. The assessment will last approximately 4 hours.

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Given the size of the Firm, we don't currently have any staff networks. 

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Investors in People – Platinum. Digby Brown were the first law firm in the whole of the UK to achieve Platinum rating and have continued to maintain this whilst always looking for ways to improve.

Prime Commitment firm.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Overview of Application process:

Stage 1: Online Application Form via our Website (launches June)
Stage 2: Invitation to Digital Assessment Centre (Held in August)
Stage 3: Competency based Interview with Panel (Held in September)

Where can applicants find out more?

Candidates can find out more via:
Our Website: DigbyBrown.co.uk
Our Instagram: @DigbybrownSolicitors
Our Twitter: @DigbyBrown

Candidates can also contact our HR Department, Recruit@digbybrown.co.uk

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Legal Cheek Scotland
University specific careers fairs (University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde). We also sponsor a number of student societies at the aforementioned Universities.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No. DLA Piper does not have any minimum academic requirements for any of our programmes.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

We do not recruit directly onto training contracts. We hire individuals onto our International Graduate Programme (Training Contract) off the back of successful completion of our 3-week Summer Internship programme.

Applications for our 2023 Summer Internship will be opening in September 2022 and will close at the end of December 2022.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

See above

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

See above

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare Recruitment

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

We have a streamlined 3 stage application process for Summer Internship programme; (1) CV Application & Commercial Awareness Question (2) Watson Glaser Online Assessment (3) Assessment Centre involving 3 tasks including an interview with a Partner.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes, see above

Are your interviews competency based?

No, our interviews are strengths based

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Yes; LAW (Gender balance network), PACT (Parent and Carer Network), IRIS (LGBT+ Network), Enable (Ability Network), Mosaic (Cultural and Ethnicity network).

We are a disability confident employer. We run a number of initiatives for our employees including Wellbeing weeks, a powerful storytelling series and a Mental Health ambassador programme.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

DLA Piper is the largest global provider of pro bono legal advice and last year dedicated over 230,000 hours to pro bono work

DLA Piper recently won awards for ‘Best Social Mobility Strategy’, ‘Best Law Firm’ and ‘Best First Year Opportunities’ at the 2022 AllAboutLaw Awards and targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards

DLA Piper recently ranked 8th in the Top 100 Undergraduate Employers rankings

DLA Piper run an award-winning International Graduate Programme & Induction across 5 countries which offer fantastic Client and International Secondment opportunities

DLA Piper were voted the most Innovative Law Firm at the 2021 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We are one of the only Law Firms to make our online assessment (Watson Glaser) untimed, meaning candidates can take their time when completing this component of the application process.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore encourage candidates to apply in good time.

Where can applicants find out more?

DLA Piper Graduate Website

Instagram: @DLAPiperGraduates

Facebook: DLA Piper Graduates

Events: We advertise all events we are hosting and attending on the Events’ section of our Graduate Website.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

You can usually find our team at the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of Aberdeen and University of Dundee fairs. Since we have moved activity online, we have also attended the Law Society of Scotland Diversity Fair and the Legal Cheek Scottish Law Fair.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Our minimum academic requirements are 2:1 at undergraduate degree, which is either expected or obtained. For those who are expecting a 2:1, we will check your undergraduate results to make sure that you are on track.

If you have achieved a 2:2 but have mitigating circumstances, please ensure that you state these on your application.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

We recently made the decision to only accept applications via our vacation scheme, so applications are currently closed for traineeships in our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices. Applications for our 2025 intake will open in September 2022 and will close in January 2023 (deadline to be confirmed).

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

We will be recruiting for a 2025 start date when we re-open later this year. However there may be a small number of vacancies for a 2024 start date (subject to the success of this recruitment round).

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We offer between 6-8 traineeships in our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices combined.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes, we use Rare Contextual Recruitment in our application process.

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?
  1. Online application stage (Sept-Jan)
  2. Video interview (February)
  3. Assessment centre (February-March)
  4. Vacation scheme (June)
  5. Meet the Leaders (July)
Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes, we use assessment centres as our third stage of the recruitment.

Are your interviews competency based?

No, we use strengths-based interviews in our assessment centre. Candidates can find lots of useful strengths-based interview resources via our trainee blogs and by using our interactive strengths-based interview guide here: Graduate Recruitment Application Process | DWF (dwfgroup.com).

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Disability – Diverse Ability Network

Ethnicity – Race and Ethnicity Network and Race and Ethnicity Junior Network

LGBTQ+ – Out Front

Gender – This is Me

Young Professionals Network

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?
  • Times Top 50 Employer for Women
  • Top 30 Employer for Working Families 2021
  • Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Index
  • Disability Confident Leader Status
  • Gold Standard in TIDE (Talent, Inclusion & Diversity Evaluation)
  • Stonewall Partner
  • First Legal Business to list on the London Stock Exchange main market
Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

It is beneficial to your application if you engage with DWF before submitting your application. For example, attending an open day or a webinar can help you to understand what makes DWF different. You can find out more about our events via Graduate Recruitment Open Days | DWF (dwfgroup.com).

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: Trainee Solicitor Programme | DWF (dwfgroup.com)
Brochure: Graduate careers in law brochure | DWF Group
Instagram: @dwf_graduate_recruitment
Twitter: @DWF_Graduate
Facebook: DWF Graduate Recruitment

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Varies annually

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Achievement of LLB and Diploma in Legal studies; no class of degree is expected

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications opened in February 2022 and have now closed for this year. 

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2022, 2023 and 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

6+

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

One interview, shortlisted to a 2-week in-person internship meeting many people within the firm, followed by a final presentation. Offers will be made thereafter.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No 

Are your interviews competency based?

No

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Young Professionals, Social Committee, Wellness Committee, trainee social groups

We run initiatives to look at improving parts of or processes within the firm and would invite trainees to contribute in these discussions.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We run a very flat-structure firm and there is lots of opportunity for everyone, including trainees, to get involved and be part of the growth and success of our firm. We have won many awards recognising the success of individuals, teams and the firm as a whole since we began in 2014.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Our application does not ask about your school, university or academic achievements. Our application is based on finding out more about you and your fit with our culture and values. As we recruit our trainees to be future leaders, we see this as an essential part of the selection process.

Where can applicants find out more?

All of our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter) as well as our website. We post blogs and videos from our current trainees which can give further insight into working in Gilson Gray.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Aberdeen

Dundee

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Napier

Glasgow

Strathclyde

The Law Society of Scotland Celebrating Inclusion Law Fair

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Candidates must have an LLB in Scots Law from a provider accredited by the Law Society of Scotland. They must also have, or realistically expect to achieve, an honours degree (in law or another subject), or be able to demonstrate other evidence of strong intellectual ability, for example a post-graduate degree or under-graduate year prizes. Candidates are also required to have completed a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice by the time of starting their traineeship

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Recruitment for 2023 traineeships has been completed. We don’t yet have final plans to recruit for 2024 however, if we do, this is likely to be advertised at the beginning of January 2023 with a closing date towards the end of that month.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

See above

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We usually recruit for around 8 trainees per year.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Not at the moment

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

There would normally be one interview and two other elements to the assessment held at the same time as the interview – for example, an element testing legal knowledge and a further written or oral assessment.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

Not at the moment.

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

Not at the moment.

Do you use assessment centres?

We use in-house staff to conduct interviews and test legal knowledge; we currently use an outsourced partner to carry out the third element of assessment.

Are your interviews competency based?

Usually. Using the STAR method to answer questions is not mandatory but recommended.

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Yes we do – including Wellbeing and Diversity and Inclusion.  We also have a dedicated Trainee Committee which provides strategic oversight, planning, management and support in respect of our trainees and their traineeship path.  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

N/A

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Demonstrate an interest in public knowledge through your knowledge and practical experience, make sure you have and can demonstrate softer skills as well – we need our staff to be able to work with other people and a large part of that comes from knowing what your own strengths are and how you work with others.

Where can applicants find out more?

A link to our traineeship website is attached – we are currently reviewing the content.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

We look for strong academic performance but review applications holistically. If you have mitigating circumstances, please state this on your application form.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Applications for our 2023 and 2024 Traineeship roles are now open.

Deadline for 2023 Traineeship – 31 October, 2022

Deadline for 2024 Traineeship – 31 December, 2022

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2023 and 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We typically recruit 2 trainees each year in Scotland, who split their time between the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – we use Rare recruitment

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?
  1. Online Situational Strengths Test
  2. Video interview
  3. Virtual assessment centre (involves a number of online strengths based exercises and an interview with a Senior Associate)
  4. Partner interview
Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

No – our interviews are strengths based

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

In 2020, we created five regional D&I Groups (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and the United Kingdom) where members meet regularly and are empowered to share their ideas, discuss new initiatives and advise on what more we could be doing. We also created a global D&I Group which comprises members from each regional group and meets on an annual basis. The global D&I Group is chaired by our Managing Partner, Suzanne Liversidge, who ensures the Board remains informed, accountable and fully committed to our diversity and inclusion agenda.

You don't need to formally join the regional D&I groups to get involved in D&I initiatives . We actively encourage all employees to take part in activities that will help create, maintain and promote a diverse and inclusive culture at Kennedys. For example, you can get involved  by volunteering as a mentor, taking part in D&I events as a speaker, host or organiser, or representing Kennedys at outreach events. You’ll be invited to our regular ‘Let’s start the conversation’ webinars with guest speakers covering topics such as mental health, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ inclusion and Asperger syndrome. Diversity and inclusion is a priority at Kennedys. This is why we introduced D&I chargeable hour credit. This means that time you spend on D&I activities will be recognised and a certain number of hours can count towards your chargeable hours target.

Inspired by our five priority SDGs, we have established a global network of CSR Champions who are actively encouraged and supported to participate in challenges and campaigns that can make a difference in the communities where we work. Our champions have access to CSR volunteer hours throughout the year, allowing them to participate in a wide range of activities including pro bono, charitable giving and community engagement initiatives.  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Awards:

We have taken the same approach to all our UK trainee recruitment and were recognised at the All About Law Awards 2022 -  Highly commended for the following categories: Best Law Firm, Best Recruitment Campaign, Best Events, Most Sustainable Recruitment Campaign, Most Sustainable Recruitment Process, Best Assessment Process and Most Inclusive Assessment Process

Daniel Clarke, co-chair of our D&I group in APAC was included in the 2022 Empower 100 Future Leaders Role Model list

Partnerships:

We partner with UpReach in the UK to inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to work in the legal sector

We partner with Aspiring Solicitors, a diversity organisation which works to increase diversity in the legal profession by providing enhanced assistance to underrepresented groups, including black and minority ethnic candidates, candidates with disabilities, LGBT+ candidates and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds

We continue to be a global partner of the Dive In Festival – a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures

In 2021 we signed up to the Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification process in the US and became one of the first law firms to pilot the Mansfield Rule 1.0 in the UK. The Mansfield Rule is a 12-month certification process which aims to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership

Our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   We actively look for opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded organisations to achieve our objectives, with the ambition of making a difference for our people, our clients and communities where we work.  Find out more here

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We review all applications once the deadline has passed and do not recruit on a rolling basis.

It would be helpful to complete our Virtual Work Experience Programme and attend our virtual insight events to find out more about Kennedys before submitting your application. More information can be found via our early careers website here.

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: https://kennedyslaw.com/early-careers/
Instagram: @Kennedyslaw

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

We don’t currently see us returning to traditional law fairs but do plan to continue hosting “get to know us” evenings (which will be advertised on our website and social media accounts).

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Outside requiring a Scots law degree, or studying towards that, we have no academic requirements.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

We generally recruit for traineeships one to two years in advance, but from time-to-time do increase our trainee requirements on an annual basis and have recruited outwith that cycle. Those opportunities are shared via our careers page and social media.

We’ll select our 2023 traineeships from our summer 2022 intern programme. Applications for 2024 will open in late 2022, with an evening event with our current trainees, and will close in early 2023.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

As above, we’ll be looking for the 2024 process to start late 2022.

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Five to seven across all of our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of interview would you normally expect?

Following on a review of applications, we conduct either two interviews with a senior lawyer and/or partner and HR advisor, and/or one interview followed by a two-week summer intern placement.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Our staff networks include:

Social Committee

Wellbeing Group

Charities Group

We will shortly be launching our new Sustainability Group and are consulting with our people on activities focussed on D&I.

We also have staff-led groups such as our Crafty Club and choir.

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Our culture is important to us and we’re proud of what we have created. We use our core values to guide how we work with each other, and our clients:

  • Treat others well
  • Satisfy and impress our clients
  • Keep learning
  • Give something back
  • One team

Giving something back to the communities in which we operate is important to us, and we “walk that talk” in many ways – from colleagues engaged as part-time tutors at University of Aberdeen and RGU and supporting schools mooting competitions, to colleagues participating actively in third sector organisations’ boards, governing bodies and charitable trusts. 

The Ledingham Chalmers Charitable Trust has been around for over 20 years now, donating between £15,000 and £20,000 annually to good causes and to support colleagues’ fund raising activities. Our people choose the firm’s annual charitable focus, and we encourage colleagues to use a specifically allocated day each year to devote time to a charitable cause.

In 2021, we marked 30 years of Ledingham Chalmers.  You can hear more about our heritage, culture and what’s next here –https://www.ledinghamchalmers.com/news-views/thirty-years-of-ledingham-chalmers

A great example of our commitment to people development, and our core value to keep learning — Wendy Harris qualified as a solicitor at the end of May, staying on with our Aberdeen corporate team. One of our 2020 trainees, Wendy’s story with us goes back to 1992 when she joined as a legal secretary. In this piece from 2020, she talks about our culture and what she likes about working here – https://www.ledinghamchalmers.com/.../my-career-wendy-harris

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

More info on careers page.

We have a relaxed application process. In this news article, former trainee Alanah Mills talks about her experience of the process.

In our latest recruitment round, we invited candidates to upload a video, explaining what their notary public motto would be, as well as submit a CV.

Our approachable team is always happy to answer questions – Sarah Stuart (partner and trainee manager) and HR advisor Nan McPherson.

nan.mcpherson@ledinghamchalmers.com

sarah.stuart@ledinghamchalmers.com

Where can applicants find out more?

Website – https://www.ledinghamchalmers.com

Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/ledinghamchalmers

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ledinghamchalmerssolicitors

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LedChalmers

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/365028/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ledinghamchalmers/

People can also email marketing@ledinghamchalmers.com to be added to our general marketing mailing list.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

We don’t at present but are likely to in the future

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

We prefer a minimum LLB (Hons) at 2:1 but it is not an absolute pre-requisite

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Our applications for 2022 are closed but we are open for 2023 and are likely to recruit in October-December, so please try to apply by 31 October.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2022, 2023, 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

3-4

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

Two

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

No

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Informal staffing networks and the traineeship is a variety of all the areas we cover (principally all forms of litigation, but also property and private client)

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We believe we offer one of the most comprehensive traineeships available and pride ourselves on giving trainees some autonomy but with ongoing daily support. Our trainees are all ready to face the big bad world after two years with us. Many have stayed and others have gone on to varied and wonderful work both within and outwith the profession and Scotland. We also offer a Bar traineeship to those interested. Four of our former recent trainees are currently at the Bar.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

It is fairly informal and we place a lot of emphasis on personal engagement and those with good people skills. We also like candidates who have had diverse work experience either while studying or in previous careers or gap years etc.

Where can applicants find out more?

At our website and via our manager: pcassidy@lemac.co.uk

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

They should email us direct on traineerecruitment@lindsays.co.uk

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

LLB and Diploma

Strong academic record from school and university

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Currently recruiting for Dec 2023 but the application deadline has passed.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

The next intake will be August 2024 – students should keep an eye on our website for further details but likely we will start accepting applications towards the end of 2022.

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

4 or 5

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

2 – the first one is held via Teams and the second one is in-person

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Mental Health Working Group
Social Committee
Members of The Mindful Business Charter  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We offer three eight-month seats in our traineeship which allows trainees to really get to grips with that area of law and become a valued team member during those eight months.

Trainees are encouraged from the outset to write articles for the website and attend networking events to raise the firm and their own profiles.

Many of our solicitors and partner are accredited specialists in their fields and have been recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Information on the approach we adopt is all noted on our website.

Where can applicants find out more?

Information can be found on our website and you can also follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

We also have several solicitors who are tutors on the diploma and are a good source of information

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Aberdeen
Dundee
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Strathclyde

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Candidates should have obtained, or be on track to obtain, at least a 2:1 Scots Law LLB (or an equivalent Honours Degree in other subjects, combined with a degree in Scots Law).

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Our recruitment portal will open in June 2022 for applications. The closing date will be around 8 July 2022.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Between 8-10 per year

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

One interview

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes – a written assessment.

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Diversity, Wellbeing & Inclusion Committee
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Mental Health First Aider Committee
Environmental Committee
Charity Committee  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We are members of Stonewall, The Glass Network, IP Inclusive, PRIME and we are a Disability Confident Employer.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

N/A

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: MacRoberts LLP
Twitter: @MacRoberts
LinkedIn: @MacRoberts
Instagram: @MacRoberts LLP

As well as Insight events.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

The Law Society of Scotland Celebrating Inclusion Law Fair

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

We would normally look for a 2.1 degree, unless any circumstances to consider

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Dates not confirmed but window likely to be from mid July to mid October

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

We recruit 2 years ahead, so this year we will recruit for a start date of September 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

We will be recruiting 10 trainees

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

We have 3 recruitment stages: 1. Application forms    2. Group assessments     3. Assessment day

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

We organise our own assessment day.

Are your interviews competency based?

The STAR method will be useful for some questions.

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

We have a number of staff networks within Morton Fraser:

  • Disabilities Group
  • Ethnic Minorities Group
  • Faith and Religious Belief Group
  • LGBTQI Group
  • Social Mobility Group
  • Women's Group
  • Working Parents & Carers Group

Each group has core members who have volunteered their services as well as allies who support their work, and each also has an executive level sponsor who help the groups navigate any blockers they may encounter as well as offering their skills and experience where needed.  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?
  • We have partnered with PRIME to design a programme which aims to inspire students and prove that a career in law is achievable, no matter their background. We offer one week of unpaid work experience for S5 and S6 pupils who meet the qualifying criteria set out by PRIME.
  • We have partnered with Black Professionals Scotland to design a 6 week internship for members of the Black community. The internship offers the chance to get involved in varied generalist administration, internal operations and support to both our HR and Marketing teams.
Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Be yourself and fully engage with our process

Where can applicants find out more?

We have lots of information on the firm website which is very helpful for applicants

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Post-COVID, we are not yet seeing a return to traditional law fairs, as employers continue to use virtual platforms to engage with students. For example, Pinsent Masons plan to work with Legal Cheek, Lawcareers.Net and Aspiring Solicitors who are delivering virtual law fairs. We are also planning to offer students visiting the Pinsent Masons virtual ‘booths’ the opportunity of a one-to-one career conversation with one of our graduate recruitment professionals. In addition, we will be offering insight events in each of our Scottish offices. All of this will be advertised via Pinsent Masons website and Pinsent Masons Social Media.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Yes, we look for 120 UCAS points (300 under the previous tariff). We have Rare’s Contextual Recruitment system integrated into our application system and we take account of mitigating circumstances.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

For Training Contracts commencing in 2024, the deadline for applications is 20 May 2022. Thereafter, we will open applications for Training Contracts commencing in 2025 in Autumn of 2022. The link to the applications is available via Pinsent Masons website.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

See above. We generally recruit for Training Contracts two years in advance. For summer vacation placements, applications open from the end of the previous calendar year, with assessment centres taking place in the early part of the placement year e.g., applications for the 2023 Vacation Placement will open in Autumn 2022 and will close in the early part of January 2023. It’s important that candidates pay attention to the application deadlines of the various firms they are planning on applying to.

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Across our Scottish offices we offer in the region of 20 Training Contracts each year. We also offer Training Contracts in England and Northern Ireland, subject to candidates undertaking the relevant jurisdictional qualification.

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare Recruitment

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

After the application deadline, all applications are screened to a pre-defined framework. Candidates are shortlisted, with those who best evidence the attributes we are looking for in our Trainee Solicitors being invited to undertake an online abstract reasoning psychometric test (called the Graduate and Managerial Assessment or GMA). Those who pass the test are invited to an assessment centre which includes:

  • a one-to-one interview with a senior lawyer;
  • preparation and presentation of a SWOT analysis to be delivered to a senior lawyer; and
  • a business simulation exercise, sometimes known as an ‘in-tray’ exercise.

The assessment centres are usually run face to face in one of our offices, although were virtualised during the pandemic, taking place via MS Teams.

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

No – our interviews are designed to capture evidence of particular behavioural attributes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Yes, we have a number of employee network groups including:

  • Disability & Wellbeing
  • R.E.E. Network (Faith, Race, Ethnicity and Equality)
  • Female Futures
  • Family Matters
  • Inclusion Allies
  • LGBT+ and Allies Network

Social Mobility Champions Network  

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We work to the application deadlines set and do not recruit on a rolling basis.

Where can applicants find out more?

Graduate careers in law (pinsentmasons.com)

Facebook: PMgrads

Instagram: @pm_grads

Virtual Work Experience hosted on the Forage platform

Legal Cheek's 2022 Virtual Law Fairs - Legal Cheek

Pinsent Masons - True Picture - Chambers Student Guide

Pinsent Masons LLP (lawcareers.net)

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

We hold many events online at our firm – for more information on upcoming events, check out our website. These events give students an opportunity to find out more about life as a Trainee at the firm, and ask questions to current Trainees, NQ’s and Partners, both in larger groups and smaller networking spaces.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

We have no minimum academic requirements – neither A levels nor university grades.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

January 2022. Applications close 23 May 2022

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2022 and 2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

1 every other year in Scotland

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Not at this moment, however, we review diversity throughout our process to ensure our applicants are representative of the communities we operate in. We also assess applications with key individual data removed, ensuring anonymity.

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

1

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

Yes

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

We have many networks in our business which allow individuals to build connections with others. From our ‘More in Common’ network – championing communication over placing barriers, to our CEO’s book club.  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

We also have Responsible Business Champions to champion People, Community, or Environment initiatives – there is an opportunity for Trainees to get involved with this. We are also working towards becoming a B-Corp organisation – our current status is ‘B-Corp pending’ and we are hoping to hear the outcome summer 2022.

Additionally, our current work structure is what we refer to as ‘Empowered Working’ – giving you the flexibility to work the way you need to do get your role done. Amount of time in an ‘office hub’ will therefore vary from person to person, and we are flexible around your hours of work to enable you to build the work/life balance that works best for you.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

Our application process consists of an application, followed by assessment centre if selected. If you perform well at the assessment centre, you will be invited to an interview. We expect this process will be virtual for trainees applying for our Training Contracts in Scotland.

Where can applicants find out more?

https://www.shma.co.uk/careers/opportunities/training-contracts/

We also are active on both LinkedIn and Twitter where individuals can find out more about our firm and upcoming events. We run regular events for future applicants to learn more about the firm, and an insight week during December of each year. Our insight week contains up to 20 sessions designed to give an insight to a legal career and Shakespeare Martineau, as well as gain some work experience.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

The University of Edinburgh
The University of Dundee
Edinburgh Napier University
Strathclyde University
The University of Glasgow
The University of Aberdeen

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No academic requirement outside of a Scots law degree (or studying towards a Scots law degree)

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

If we were to open up a traineeship recruitment process, this will be in July 2022 – August 2022. We will be recruiting 2023 summer placement students between October 2022 and January 2023. Those successful in gaining a 2023 summer placement will be fast-tracked to stage 2 of the 2025 trainee recruitment process.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

20

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

Yes – Rare

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

Yes

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

Yes

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

LGBTA+ Group
Healthy Working Lives Group
Gender Focus Group
Race, Faith and Belief Group
Social Mobility Group  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Ranked 23rd in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
PRIME founding member and supporter
Investors in Young People Gold award
Investors in People Platinum award
Sponsors of LawScot Foundation
Ranked 50th in Social Mobility Index 2021
Member of Legal CORE
Disability Confident Employer
Healthy Working Lives Gold award
Signatory to Race Fairness Commitment

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

More information on our traineeships and application process can be found on our website at the below link:

Traineeships | Shepherd and Wedderburn (shepwedd.com)

Our Graduate Team are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the opportunities we offer : GraduateTeam@shepwedd.com

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: Shepherd and Wedderburn (shepwedd.com)

 Linkedin: Shepherd and Wedderburn | LinkedIn

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

N/A

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Mid-August – end of September (tbc)

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2023

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Varies (approx 3)

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

Normally two. At the moment the first is a virtual meeting and the second in the office.

​Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

A mixed approach and will always involve at least one practical assessment

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Not felt necessary due to size of firm

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

IIP accredited since 1997 currently with IIP (Silver) accreditation.

We normally offer two-year traineeships in specific departments, allowing the opportunity to start specialising early, rather than departmental rotational traineeships.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We only accept application forms and won’t consider CVs as part of our selection process.

Where can applicants find out more?

Details on current vacancies can be found on our careers page on our website: TC Young

Twitter: @tcyoungllp

LinkedIn: TC Young LLP

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Strathclyde, Napier University, Robert Gordon University, LSS Careers Fair.

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

No

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Recruitment for Training Contracts commencing in September 2024, via the general graduate stream will open in July 2022.

Summer Placement Applications for placements in Summer 2023 and aligned to Training Contracts for 2025 will open in December 2022.

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024 & 2025

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

16 - 18

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

Two – first round with recruitment team and second round with partner panel

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

We have in the past and may introduce them again going forward.

Are your interviews competency based?

Mix of competency based and general interview questions.

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Not currently, although this is something that we are in the course of developing.  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are at the forefront of our values and each year we welcome a diverse range of Trainee Solicitors to the firm. We regularly participate in educational outreach programmes within our communities and work with organisations such as Reach and Career Ready to offer students work experience and an insight into the legal profession.

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

We aim to make our recruitment process as friendly and approachable as possible. We don’t ask for school exam grades although we do ask for university exam results. We are a full service firm with a huge range of clients and practice areas so we need lots of different types of people in our teams to succeed. We want to hear about the skills and life experiences that make you unique and what you have learned on your journey so far that will make you a great Trainee Solicitor.

Where can applicants find out more?

We host regular Graduate Insight events which are advertised on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter as well as through University careers services.

If a student wanted to speak to you, which law fairs do you usually attend in Scotland?

Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh Napier

Are there any minimum academic requirements that you require? If so, what are they?

Scots Law Degree at 2:1 or above for undergraduate degree and passing of diploma and/or accelerated LLB on first sitting.

When will you start recruiting for traineeships this year and when will the closing date be for applications?

Application forms will open on our website July/August and will close late September/early October

What year(s) will you be recruiting traineeships for?

2024

Roughly, how many traineeships do you offer per year?

Between 8 to 10 traineeships per year

Do you use Rare recruitment or another contextualised recruitment software system in the application process?

No

How many rounds of recruitment would you usually expect?

For Traineeships we hold a recruitment Day where candidates attend an interview and complete assessment exercises

Do you use verbal reasoning tests?

No

Do you use numerical reasoning tests?

No

Do you use assessment centres?

No

Are your interviews competency based?

Yes

Do you have any staff networks within your organisation?

Colleague Engagement Group
Social Committee
Charity Committee  

Is there anything else you’d like to highlight about your organisation to applicants?

Corporate Sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation and work with the Journey to Success programme from The Robertson Trust.

 As key advisors to many charities, we understand the importance of fundraising. Our aim as a fundraiser in our own right is to build on the principles of partnership, dedication and involvement and develop strong links with a nominated charity over a two-year period.

Nominated charities are suggested by employees and chosen by ballot. As well as encouraging involvement in fundraising activities, the close links with each supported charity create opportunities for volunteering and many of our staff have made their skills and time really count for the organisations we have helped over the years.

Further information can be found at https://www.turcanconnell.com/corporate-social-responsibility

Is there anything else candidates should know about your application processes?

N/A

Where can applicants find out more?

Website: https://www.turcanconnell.com/
Twitter: @TurcanConnell
LinkedIn: Turcan Connell
Facebook: Turcan Connell

As well as Insight events.

The traineeship

Finish your legal education by learning 'on the job' working as a trainee under the supervision of a Scots-qualified solicitor. Traineeships last for a period of two years and, after its successful completion, you are ready to apply to take out a solicitor's practising certificate.