updated on 01 February 2023
Find out which firms offer sponsorship of the GDL by using our Training contract search.
This information applies to non-law graduates pursuing the barrister route and non-law graduates pursuing the solicitor route who meet the SRA’s transitional arrangements (ie, you started your GDL on or before 31 December 2021).
Many firms offer to pay their future trainees’ GDL and LPC fees if they’ve been recruited at undergraduate level. Some (although not many) will even retrospectively pay those fees if a recruit has already started one of the courses.
In addition, several firms will also pay a maintenance grant to students while they’re studying the course(s). It may be that when it comes to selecting a firm at which to train, this kind of financial incentive and support is a critical factor.
Fees associated with SQE preparation courses and assessments will be covered by some firms where the aspiring lawyer has secured a training contract with the firm. As ever, though, it’s vital you continue to check with your shortlisted firms to find out whether they’re planning to support their future lawyers through the SQE.
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