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|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 or higher|
|Start salary:||£25,000 (outside London) £36,000 (London)|
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Application details and method of selection
To apply for a legal work placement and/or a training contract please complete our online application which can be found on our website graduaterecruitment.irwinmitchell.com.
We adopt an anonymised screening process and do not require either a CV or cover letter. If you are successful in passing our application benchmark you will be invited for a video interview and, again, if successful at this stage you will be invited to an assessment centre. Our assessment centre comprises a group exercise, an instruction-taking exercise, a partner interview, and a written exercise.
Firm description and career prospects
Irwin Mitchell is the UK’s largest full service law firm. Founded in 1912, we have a strong national presence, covering corporate law, personal injury and private wealth. The expert hand, human touch philosophy resonates throughout the firm with over one million clients helped through our history.
As a national firm, there are 10 different locations where we offer training contracts. There is a choice of either the Business Legal Services (BLS) or Personal Legal Services (PLS) stream. Within business legal services, expect seat rotations in areas such as banking and finance, insolvency and employment. Personal legal services contains both the personal injury seats, such as serious injury and medical negligence, but also private wealth seats in areas such as will, trust and estate disputes and family law.
If your application is successful, we will meet all the fees associated with your LPC and, if applicable, your GDL if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract. We also provide a maintenance grant of £4,500 to help you through your studies.
Our legal work placement scheme is a great way to experience our culture, the work we do and explore the opportunities we have to offer.
As a legal work placement student at Irwin Mitchell, you will spend two weeks in either the personal legal services (PLS) or business legal services (BLS) stream, experiencing two different areas of law and getting to know the business more intimately. During your legal work placement, you will work in tandem with the paralegals, assisting the associates, senior associates and partners. You’ll be given practical experience and a real insight into the unique culture of the nation’s leading full-service law firm.
A large proportion of our current and future trainee solicitors have undertaken a work placement with the firm, therefore we encourage all those interested in joining us to apply for a legal work placement.
Training contract programme
During your training contract, you will experience at least three different areas of law across four seat rotations, including opportunities to develop your skills in both contentious and non-contentious work.
We’d love to hear from candidates that have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the law and possess the ability to be flexible and responsive to changing business demands and priorities. We also look for candidates who have the capacity to use their initiative, think creatively and have good problem solving skills, coupled with excellent communication and attention to detail, both written and verbal.
Asbestos-related disease, Court of Protection, personal injury, clinical negligence, international travel, workplace injury, family, public law, wills, trusts and probate, banking, corporate, commercial, commercial litigation, employment, insolvency, pensions, real estate, private client.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice
Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Chichester, Gatwick, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton
Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks, Prince’s Trust, ProHelp, The Innocent Network UK, The National Pro Bono Centre, Tower Hamlets Law Centre, University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Pathways to Law, PRIME, Stonewall, TARGETjobs Events, The University of Law Diversity Access Scheme