Make your application stand out

What are we looking for?

Most of all, you’ll be bright – with, or expecting, a 1st or a 2:1 in any discipline. We take applicants’ results in each of their degree modules into account and screen applications in favour of those with stronger ‘A’ level grades. If you’re changing career, we’ll look for evidence of achievement in your previous role.

Then we look for the qualities that make a great OC lawyer. The ability to listen and learn, a passion to help clients, an interest in the business environment, a team-working ethos, a problem-solving approach, a sense of humour and a knowledge about OC.

Is this you?

We look for candidates who can confidently answer ‘Yes’ to each of the following questions:

  • Do I have a razor-sharp mind, balanced with common sense?
  • Am I hungry for responsibility, but know when I need guidance?
  • Will I be able to juggle deadlines but remain focused and positive?
  • Can I adapt quickly to new situations and different working styles?
  • Can I knuckle down, but not be afraid to suggest creative alternatives?
  • Am I approachable, able to communicate well and good at building relationships?

What can I apply for?

Law students:

  • First year – Insight Scheme
  • Penultimate year – Vacation Scheme or Training Contract
  • Final year – Vacation Scheme or Training Contract

Non-Law students:

  • First year – Insight Scheme
  • Penultimate year – Insight Scheme
  • Final year – Vacation Scheme or Training Contract

Graduate or Career Changer – Vacation Scheme or Training Contract

Simple things can make a big difference to your application

  • Make sure that you complete all sections of the form.
  • Ensure that all of your grades and the year that you obtained them match with your certificates and transcripts.
  • Double and triple check your spelling!
  • Avoid using bullet points if you can – try to write all of your answers succinctly in continuous prose.
  • Do your research and use it to make your application stand out. We want to know what it is about Osborne Clarke that is attractive to you, so don’t just repeat information from the internet.
  • Avoid copying and pasting answers from other application forms that you might be completing. While the questions may look similar it is unlikely that the same answer will fit.

Our annual deadlines

  • Vacation scheme: Open for applications 1 November, Closing date 15 January
  • Training contract: Open for applications 1 November, Closing date 15 January
  • Insight scheme: Open for applications 1 November, Closing date 28 February

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