Training contracts

A strong platform on which to build your knowledge, skills, experience and network.

Make a valuable career choice

Securing the right training contract, that combines high-quality learning and support with comprehensive practical experience, is a vital step towards becoming a successful, qualified lawyer. Our trainees really enjoy working with us and appreciate the depth of expertise they gain. We’re proud that when they finish their training, we’re usually their first choice for employment.

Our trainees tell us these are the key reasons why they’re glad they chose to do their training with us.

A breadth of excellent training

We want our talented group of trainees to stay with us and so invest heavily in training and development. During your two-year training, we focus on your learning and personal growth. This involves you gaining experience in a range of practice areas. Most trainees complete four six-month seats in a range of departments, which can include corporate, commercial, commercial litigation, commercial property, insolvency, private client and employment. When you qualify, we’ll continue providing the very best training and encourage you to develop your own practice.

Hands-on experience from the start

You can expect to be involved in client work right from the start of your training. You’ll have direct contact with clients, and your mentors will coach you in our approach of being responsive and straightforward, and offering commercially astute advice and opinion to help support clients. You’ll have the chance to work closely alongside the partners and other fee earners who will all be responsible for your training and supervision.

A reputation for diverse, high-profile work

As one of Yorkshire’s leading and award-winning law firms, we’re recognised for providing sound advice that’s both high quality and commercial. You’ll get exposure to a wide range of interesting work from the outset of your training. And we’ll work hard to make sure you develop at the right pace throughout the two years, moving on to more complex work when you’re ready.

Exceptional expertise and support

With us, you get the advantages of working alongside a range of highly experienced lawyers, combined with the benefits of a friendly, close-knit culture. Alongside our training principal, you’ll be supported by your training partner, seat supervisors and personal mentor. They’ll take time to answer your questions, pass on their knowledge and provide feedback, making it a prime opportunity to learn and develop in a very positive environment.

Enjoy a well-rounded working life

While our focus is very much on working hard to achieve results for clients, there are plenty of chances to build your own network and profile. You’ll be encouraged to work and develop contacts across our three offices, and attend networking events, seminars and meetings. With various groups, fundraising events and social gatherings, there are lots of other ways to get involved too.

When should I apply for a training contract?

Our application period for training contracts beginning 2022 is now open. The closing date is 30 April 2021 at 5pm.

Interviews usually take place in the summer and training contract offers are made a little while after that – usually by early autumn.

Most applicants apply either when they’re at law school or, having completed the academic stage of training while working as a paralegal. We recommend that you have at least some work experience before applying for a training contract with us. It doesn’t have to be in law, however; we recognise that experience from other sectors can often add real value to someone’s skills in becoming a qualified lawyer.

When will I know if I’ve been selected for interview?

Once the deadline has passed, our trainee recruitment team will review and assess each application to produce a shortlist of candidates we would like to invite to the next stage of our selection process (in June 2021). You will receive an email before the end of May confirming whether or not you have been successful in reaching that stage.

How do I apply?

Please download the training contract for 2022 application form on your computer before completing it. Once you have filled in the application form, you can complete the process via our online portal. Your completed form will be uploaded in section three of the online application. Please also upload a covering letter and your CV.

Good luck with your application and if you have any further questions which are not covered on the website then please contact us at TrainingContracts@schofieldsweeney.co.uk.  We want your application to be as good as it can be, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are in doubt.

Do you offer work experience?

Although we do normally offer work experience opportunities to under-graduates and to graduates each summer, this programme is currently on-hold.  We will post details of future work experience programmes here.

Interested?

To apply, please email us at:

trainingcontracts@schofieldsweeney.co.uk