We need ambitious, well qualified trainees who have a proven track record of a good academic background, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, evidence of successful team working and an ability to build a professional network. Former paralegal experience is preferred but not essential.
We are different from other law firms and our trainees work across the entire firm, working very closely with our senior lawyers within our teams. Our trainees have a great deal of client contact and are encouraged to become involved in the firm’s business development activities and are encouraged and supported to build their own networks.
To help us select possible future trainees, we run a bespoke summer vacation scheme aimed at candidates who are looking for a training contract to start in 2019 or 2020. As the firm is driven by the needs of its clients we may consider earlier starts dates as our requirements may alter as a consequence.
We appreciate that those who are in full-time work would not be able to apply for the vacation scheme, so we offer an open day to a selected few so you can come and meet us and see if our culture would appeal to you.
All of our current trainees were offered a paralegal position for a few months before being offered their training contracts. We have found this to be beneficial for both sides, especially as the trainees were able to experience what it is like to work with our teams before committing to training contracts. We will continue to offer this introduction to the firm with the new traineeships. To date, everyone who has started as a paralegal has been offered a training contract.
If you are interested in applying to our summer vacation scheme, the scheme will be held for 3 weeks from:
Monday 4 June 2018 to Friday 8 June 2018
Monday 11 June 2018 to Friday 15 June 2018
Monday 18 June 2018 to Friday 22 June 2018
We offer a select number of candidates a week’s experience working across the firm.
The open day will be held, for a select number of candidates, on Friday 29 June 2018.
If you would like to be considered for the vacation scheme or the open day, please send a letter, your CV and answers to the 3 following questions in no more than 150 words per question:
- Why do you want to be a lawyer in a commercial firm in the North East?
- Why should we select you as a trainee above all the other candidates?
- How would you go about developing your own professional network?
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday 6 April 2018.