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What are your opening and closing dates?

Our annual deadlines are:

  • Vacation Scheme: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 15 January
  • Training Contract: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 15 January
  • Insight Scheme: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 28 February

What resources are useful for applicants?

Our trainees recommend the following online resources for useful advice on pursuing a career in the law:

How do I apply for a paralegal role?

Paralegal opportunities are advertised in the careers section of our website.

Can I train to be an English solicitor with a law degree from overseas?

Students who have completed a full-time degree in any subject from an overseas university qualify for entry onto the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), after which you can complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

Your Application

How am I assessed during my vacation scheme?

During your vacation scheme, we will be looking for a number of skills that we believe are essential to becoming a successful solicitor at Osborne Clarke. We will assess you through a number of different exercises including group and written exercises and partner interviews.

What does the application process involve?

For the Vacation Scheme and Training Contract, the application process will involve an online application, online verbal reasoning test and attendance at an assessment day.

For our Insight Scheme, the application process involves an online application and online verbal reasoning test.

A practice online verbal reasoning test is available from SHL, our test provider, here.

Do you interview on a rolling basis?

We will read applications as they come in but we will not fill our assessment centre places before the deadline closes.

Can I apply if I haven’t studied law?

Yes. We welcome applications from non-law students.

I didn’t achieve the required academic results, can I still apply?

Yes, you can. Academic success is important to us but we know that sometimes, for very good reasons, people sometime don’t get the grades they deserve. We have partnered with Rare, a multi-award winning diversity company, to integrate their Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) into our recruitment process. The CRS enables us to further understand the context in which applicants’ experiences have been gained, and recruit the very best people from a range of backgrounds. There is also space within the application form to disclose any mitigating circumstances.

Law School

Do you mind where I study the GDL or LPC?

All sponsored students must study at BPP. You are able to study at any of their centres across the UK. If you have already completed your GDL & LPC, we have no preference over where you have studied.

Do you specify which electives I take at law school?

If we are supporting you through the LPC then we will stipulate which electives you study. If you are self-funding the courses we would simply ask that you consider the areas we work in before choosing your electives.

Your Training Contract

Do trainees have a choice of where they sit?

Yes. Prior to and throughout your training contract, a dedicated member of the HR team will meet with you to discuss your interests and career ambitions so that we are able to think about your training as a whole. Throughout this process we encourage our trainees to keep an open mind – many of our trainees have qualified into areas they previously hadn’t considered!

Do trainees undertake client secondments?

We have a number of secondments available for trainees with a variety of clients across our core sectors.

Can trainees do an international seat?

All trainees have the opportunity, should they want it, to spend some time working from one of our international offices. Our approach is a flexible one, allowing trainees to go to work in another country for a short period of time (1-3 weeks), carrying out their day to day work from the UK whilst being based in another country.

How many trainees stay on with the firm on qualification?

Our aim is always to retain as many trainees as possible – in 2019 we retained 95% of our qualifying trainees.

Diversity & Inclusion

I have a disability & require the application form in an alternative format, can you provide this?

If you require the form in a different format, please contact us to discuss your needs. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively. Adjustments can be made and support requirements taken into consideration during the application process to enable you to best demonstrate your abilities and achievements.

I may require reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process. Will you be able to provide these?

If at any stage of our application process you need reasonable adjustments to be made, please get in touch with the graduate recruitment team by e-mail. We will together be able to determine any adjustments you require to help you perform to the best of your ability.

Vacation Schemes & Work Experience

Do you offer work experience to graduates?

Due to the number of requests we receive, unfortunately we are unable to offer work experience to graduates outside of our Insight and Vacation Schemes.

I’m in the second year of a four year course. Can I apply for a vacation scheme?

Our Vacation Scheme is exclusively available to candidates who are able to commence training with Osborne Clarke in two years’ time. We would recommend that you apply for a place on our Insight Scheme – this will give you the opportunity to gain insight into life as a lawyer at Osborne Clarke through.

What opportunities do you have for first years?

We offer first years the opportunity to gain insight into life as a lawyer at Osborne Clarke through our two-day insight scheme.

I am still at school, are there any programmes that I can apply for?

If you are in Years 12 or 13 and considering a career as a Lawyer please visit our UK careers pages for more information.

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