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.

Find out how to apply here.

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 September 2023 is now open.

Access our application portal here.

Interviews usually take place in late spring/early 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.

The application window closes on 31st March 2022.

All details can be found here.

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 May/June 2022). You should receive an email before the end of May confirming whether or not you have been successful in reaching that stage.

How do I apply?

Our portal for applications for training contracts starting in September 2023 is now open, you can apply via our portal here.

Applicants have between the 1st December and 31 March 2022 to submit their application.

Please note that we only accept applications made through the portal on this website.  Unfortunately, we do not review CVs, covering letters etc sent to us by email or post.

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.

Who can apply?

We are happy to consider applications by candidates from both the LPC and SQE routes. We require that candidates have completed and passed either the LPC or SQE1 and SQE2 before commencing a training contract with us. Unfortunately, with regard to the SQE route, any Qualifying Work Experience you hold will not reduce the length of the training contract.

Interested?

To apply, please email us at:

trainingcontracts@schofieldsweeney.co.uk