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 talent 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 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 committees, 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 opens in January each year and you have a number of weeks to submit your application. 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.

Our application process for training contracts beginning in September 2021 has now closed. If you’d like to apply for future years, please keep checking this page for updates.

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

Once we’ve reviewed the applications, we invite some candidates for a face-to-face interview and a short assessment or presentation in the summer.

How do I apply?

All applications are made via this website. To be considered, you must submit your application via our online application form which opens on 1st January, together with a covering letter and CV. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at trainingcontracts@schofieldsweeney.co.uk.

Do you offer work experience?

Yes, we run a work experience scheme – usually during the summer. Find out more about it here.

Interested?

To apply, please email us at:

trainingcontracts@schofieldsweeney.co.uk