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Application details and method of selection
The deadline for submitting your completed application form (and situational judgement test) will be around end July 2018. If you meet the standard in the situational judgement test, we will invite you to take an online verbal reasoning test. If you meet the standard in this test, we will invite you to take an online critical reasoning test. These online tests are used to assess essential competences for the role.
The highest scoring applicants in these tests will be invited to an assessment centre in mid-August. The assessment centre will, typically, involve a written exercise and interview.
To ensure that you are notified as soon as the application process opens, you can add your contact details to our mailing list. Details are provided on our website.
Firm description and career prospects
Our lawyers and trainees provide legal services to the government of the day.
Whether the government is creating new legislation, buying goods and services, employing people or defending its decisions in court, it needs significant levels of legal advice. To carry out this work, the government needs its own lawyers who understand its business.
We work as part of a wider team of policy makers and other professionals and have a unique role in helping the government create new legislation, carry out its decisions and run public services.
The work is complex, novel, politically sensitive and frequently in the public eye. The diversity of our work reflects the wide range of activities within government. These range across issues of national and international significance and across public and private law, embracing advisory and legislative work, litigation and a wealth of specialist areas.
It’s a terrific responsibility, which you could share.
Who should apply
In Summer 2018 we'll be recruiting highly-talented graduates and undergraduates to join us in 2020 (possibly earlier). You'll need to demonstrate that you'll relish the early exposure to the challenging legal work that we offer. Since our lawyers have the opportunity to work in different legal areas throughout their careers, rather than specialise in a single area of law, we will need evidence of excellent analytical skills and innovative thinking . And because our work has a significant and positive impact upon the lives of millions across the country, you must be passionate about the public service you'll provide.
Departments will pay your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees in full provided you have not yet started the course. Where the course has begun, they will pay your fees for the remainder. They cannot make any retrospective payments to candidates who have successfully completed the course. There is no preference which Law or Bar school you attend. You can also expect to be provided with a grant of between £5,400-£7,600 for the vocational year.
If you have yet to start your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), departments may be able to contribute towards your GDL fees. However, since this funding cannot be guaranteed, you will need to discuss this with the department making you an offer of a trainee position.
We offer a small number of one week vacation placements on our diversity summer scheme every year. This scheme aims to provide work experience to undergraduates or graduates from diverse backgrounds which are currently under-represented across the legal profession.
In previous years we have, for example, worked with the following organisations to allocate places on the scheme:
Outside of this scheme, we will not be offering any vacation placements or work experience opportunities during 2018.
It’s important to understand that we don’t use vacation placement schemes as an opportunity to assess your suitability for a training contract or pupillage. The application processes for our diversity summer scheme and legal trainee scheme are separate. If you obtain a summer placement with us and wish to apply for a training contract or pupillage within one of our legal team, you will need to apply through our legal trainee scheme application process.
Training contract programme
We advertise approximately 40-50 legal trainee positions each year. We generally recruit legal trainees two years in advance. So in 2018, the majority of the postitions on offer will be for those looking to commence their training contract or pupillage in September 2020. There may be a small number of positions available for those looking to start earlier.
The legal trainee positions available are likely to be within the following departments:
Government Legal Department (GLD)
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
National Crime Agency (NCA)
We provide a unique, interesting and varied training environment for trainee solicitors and pupils. The specific format of your training contract or pupillage may vary according to the department you join. Typically, the training period for those looking to qualify as solicitors and barristers will cover two-years. As a pupil barrister, the 12-month pupillage period will be divided between your department and chambers. The remainder of the training period will be completed within your department. As a trainee solicitor, you will complete four different areas of practice 'seats' over a two-year period. All legal trainees will undertake at least one contentious and non-contentious seat.
Trainees and pupils are involved in the full range of casework conducted by their department, which often includes high profile matters. This will be under the supervision of senior colleagues.
Commercial, employment, education, environment, EU law, human rights, immigration, public law/private law, technology and media, tax.
Type of practice
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Social Mobility Foundation, Windsor Fellowship