To create a new legal brand in today’s competitive legal sector, Square One Law has literally gone back to square one. This is because the feedback from clients made it clear that they wanted experienced lawyers who have a real understanding of their business and market sector and not be delegated to inexperienced members of a larger team.
Our firm is completely client focused and our leaner model means we do not recruit a large number of junior lawyers. However, we do offer a couple of traineeships, previously known as training contracts, to exceptional candidates each year.
If you are interested in applying to our summer vacation scheme, the scheme will be held for 3 weeks from:
- Monday 5 June 2017 to Friday 9 June 2017
- Monday 12 June 2017 to Friday 16 June 2017
- Monday 26 June 2017 to Friday 30 June 2017
We offer a select number of candidates a week’s experience working across the firm.
The paralegal open day will be held, for a select number of candidates, on Friday 23 June 2017.
If you would like to be considered for the vacation scheme or the paralegal open day, please send a letter, your CV and answers to the 3 following questions in no more than 150 words per question:
1. Why do you want to be a lawyer in a commercial firm in the North East?
2. Why should we select you as a trainee above all the other candidates?
3. How would you go about developing your own professional network?
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Friday 21 April 2017.
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.
In addition, to help us select possible future trainees, we run a bespoke summer vacation scheme aimed at graduates who have completed their LPC and would be in a position to start work that September.
We appreciate that paralegals 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.
Each year is a separate process, as the firm is totally driven by the needs of our clients and our requirements may alter as a consequence.
We do not select candidates a year or two in advance, so please do not send us applications and expect us to hold them on file.