Graduate Trainee Solicitor Scheme
People are the key to our success. With our graduate trainee recruitment scheme we are looking for our partners of the future.
Gordons takes on up to four trainee solicitors each year. Successful candidates benefit from close supervision working alongside experienced lawyers.
We expect our trainees to get involved in client work straight away and to make valuable contributions to the firm and our success. Gordons trainees can expect training and support from across the firm throughout the two year programme.
There is always fierce competition for our training places. Although we do look for academic achievement, we also place strong emphasis on character and are looking for people with the right attitude and personality to forge a career with us.
Each year we take up to 4 trainees. Applications for our September 2022 intake are now closed. If you are interested in applying for our 2023 intake, the application process will begin in January with key dates as follows:
- Deadline for applications: 30 June 2021
- Interviews will take place: w/c 9 August 2021
- Assessment Day: w/c 23 August 2021
If you have any questions about the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can you expect from us?
Two Year Contract
Training & Support
Each trainee is allocated a mentor for the length of the training contract and, for each specialism you experience, a supervisor to guide you and give regular feedback. Your supervisor will appraise your performance at the end of each six month spell and let your next supervisor know how to help you to reach your objectives and develop your skills.
As well as on-the-job training, you will attend internal seminars and external training, such as the Professional Skills Course.
Marketing & Business Development
Our trainees are actively encouraged to get involved in the marketing and development of the firm. This includes representing us at business events and getting to know our clients straight away.
You also have the opportunity to promote our training contract scheme to prospective trainees by helping out on our recruitment stand at law fairs, and sharing your own experiences with GDL and LPC students through networking events and mentoring students at local law colleges.
Benefits & Sponsorship
As well as a competitive salary, our trainees are entitled to:
- 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays
- A group personal pension
- Life assurance of 3 x salary death in service benefit
- Employee Assistance Programme providing information and advice on health and well being topics, as well as 24 hour access to a counselling service
- Interest free season ticket loan for travel
- Perkbox discount app, offering discounts on shopping, food & drink, entertainment and health & fitness
- Membership to the local Junior Lawyer Division, a social and educational network connecting junior lawyers in the region
- Up to £10,000 in sponsorship towards the LPC
Sports & Social
We expect you to work hard, but we know that you have a life and commitments outside of work. Making sure that our people have a good work/life balance is a priority. We want everyone to enjoy their time at work and get to know their colleagues.
There are firm wide social events and activities throughout the year, including summer BBQs, Christmas parties, charity walks and after-work drinks.
For those wanting to participate in sports, there are football and netball teams as well as staff-run lunchtime fitness sessions.
For the more musically minded, you can join the Gordons’ band or attend the Workplace Choir.
Want to know more?
We attend a number of law fairs during the academic year. If you would like to find out more about our firm and whether you’re the applicant we’re looking for, please visit us at one of the following virtual law fairs this autumn:
University of Leeds – 15 October 2020
University of Law – 20 October 2020
BPP Northern Regional Fair – 11 November 2020
If you don’t get to speak to us at a fair, then download our trainee guide.
If you would like some advice on applying or have a general question, then please email email@example.com and one of our trainees will be happy to help.
Life as a Gordons trainee solicitor
To find out what it’s really like to be a trainee solicitor at Gordons take a look at our trainee blogs:
Q. How do I make my application stand out? At the risk of sounding obvious, focus on your differences. Your peers will have excellent academics – that’s to be expected. Everyone has different life experiences, however, whether from vacation schemes, part-time jobs, hobbies or passions. You’ve learnt important life skills outside university and you mustn’t forget about those. They’ll help you with your application. You must be able to demonstrate your personality.> Read more
A day in the life of a Gordons trainee
I arrive, saying hi to a few of my colleagues on my way to my desk. Gordons has an open-plan office, with different teams sharing floor space, so it’s easy to get to know people. I check my emails, calendar and the to-do list I made before leaving the office the night before…> Read more
Life in the first seat
Having come straight from university, the thought of actually being a trainee solicitor in a real office was unnerving, yet exciting at the same time. As a student, you hear horror stories about trainees spending hours photocopying and getting limited exposure to clients. This couldn’t be further from the truth at Gordons…> Read more
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