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.




You can apply for our summer vacation scheme in June and/or training contracts commencing September 2024 by completing our online application form.


Key dates for the application process are:

  • Summer vacation scheme application deadline: 31 January 2022
  • Training contract application deadline: 30 April 2022

If you have any questions about the process, please email

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What can you expect from us?

Two Year Contract

The training contract lasts two years, during which you will complete four six-month spells learning different specialisms including:

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? 

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 the following virtual law fairs where we will be exhibiting:

  • BPP Regional Law Fair – 27 October 2021
  • University of Law Fair – 3 November 2021

We will also be holding an insight evening at our Leeds office on 25 November where you will have the opportunity to hear from our partners and trainees about their Gordons journey, see our offices and network with our staff in a relaxed environment.  To register your interest please email .

Or you can download our trainee guide.

If you would like some advice on applying or have a general question, then please email 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:


Trainee Q&A

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.

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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…

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The first year

When you get your training contract and know there’s still two years until you start, you think it will be a never-ending wait. But before you know it, you have not only started but are into your second year with qualification on the horizon. Well this has been my experience – time has flown by…

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