Application and selection criteria

 

The data below was either provided to us directly by firms or taken from their websites. While many set a minimum requirement of a 2:1 degree, extenuating circumstances may be taken into account. Firms' A levels requirements are usually less stringent. Recruiters are on the lookout for good academics overall and one extra B need not dent your chances if you've had other academic successes (eg a First).

Overseas applicants need not worry: firms are usually willing to accept applicants with equivalent overseas degrees, provided they are from a reputable institution (though foreign law degrees are not usually recognised as a qualifying law degree). If you have any doubt about the requirements a firm sets, please contact its graduate recruitment team.

 

       Vacancies (2019) Applications (2016) Minimum degree A levels (desired) Vac scheme? Open day? 1st-year opps?
                 
  Addleshaw Goddard 30 Undisclosed 2:1 BBB
                 
  Akin Gump up to 4 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Allen & Overy 90 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Arnold & Porter 2 700 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ashfords 15 550 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ashurst 45 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Baker & McKenzie 30 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Bates Wells Braithwaite 6 750 plus 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Berwin Leighton Paisner 40-45 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Bevan Brittan Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Bird & Bird 18 3,000 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Blake Morgan 18 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Blandy & Blandy 3 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Blaser Mills 4 Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X
                 
  BLM 25 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Bond Dickinson Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Boodle Hatfield 5 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  B P Collins up to 8 Undisclosed 2:1 Grades A & B X X
                 
  Brabners 6 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Bristows 10 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Browne Jacobson 20 800 Undisclosed Undisclosed X
                 
  Burges Salmon 30 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Charles Russell Speechlys Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points X X
                 
  Cleary Gottlieb 12-15 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Clyde & Co 45-50 2,000 2:1 AAA
                 
  CMS 50 plus 1,000 2:1 AAB X
                 
  Collyer Bristow Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 320 UCAS points X X
                 
  Cooley 4 400 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Covington & Burling 7 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Cripps 10 200 2:1 BBB X
                 
  Curtis 2 300 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Davis Polk & Wardwell 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Dechert 10 500 2:1 AAB X
                 
  Dentons 30 1,600 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  DLA Piper 75 3,100 2:1 ABB
                 
  DWF 50 2,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Eversheds 55 2,500 plus 2:1 320 UCAS points
                 
  Farrer & Co 10 1,000 2:1 300 UCAS points X
                 
  Fladgate 6 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X X
                 
  Foot Anstey 12 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Freeths 20 750 2:1 320 UCAS points X X X
                 
  Freshfields 80 2,000 Undisclosed Undisclosed
                 
  Gateley Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 BBB X X
                 
  Geldards 6 200 plus 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Gibson Dunn 8 450 2:1 320 UCAS points
                 
  Government Legal Service 25-30 3,000 plus 2:2 Undisclosed X
                 
  Harbottle & Lewis 5 or 6 500 2:1 AAB X X X
                 
  Herbert Smith Freehills Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 No requirement
                 
  Hewitsons 10 850 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Higgs & Sons 4-6 350 plus 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Hill Dickinson up to 12 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Hodge Jones & Allen 5-10 400 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Hogan Lovells 60 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Holman Fenwick Willan 15 Undisclosed Undisclosed 340 UCAS points
                 
  Ince & Co 8 600 2:1 AAB
                 
  Irwin Mitchell 50 2,000 plus 2:1 320 UCAS points X
                 
  Jones Day 20 1,650 2:1 AAA
                 
  K&L Gates Undisclosed 1,000 2:1 320 UCAS points X
                 
  Kennedys 18 900 2:1 300 UCAS points X
                 
  King & Wood Mallesons 30 2,000 2:1 320 UCAS points
                 
  Kingsley Napley 6 250 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Kirkland & Ellis Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Latham & Watkins 24 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Leigh Day Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Lester Aldridge Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Lewis Silkin up to 6 600 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Linklaters 110 4,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Macfarlanes Up to 30 1,000 2:1 BBB
                 
  Maclay Murray & Spens 20-25 353 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Maples Teesdale 2 or 3 50 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Mayer Brown 15 2,000 plus 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  McDermott Will & Emery Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed AAB X X X
                 
  Memery Crystal 4 300 2:1 320 UCAS points X X
                 
  Michelmores 8 350 2:1 ABB
                 
  Mills & Reeve 21 1,064 2:1 BBB / 300 UCAS points X X
                 
  Mishcon de Reya 12 – 15 1,000 plus 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Morgan Lewis 6-8 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Morrison & Foerster Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Muckle 4 Approx 180 2:1 A-B X X
                 
  Nabarro 25 750 2:1 AAB / 340 UCAS points
                 
  Norton Rose Fulbright Up to 50 1,500 plus 2:1 AAB
                 
  Olswang 9 2,000 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  O'Melveny 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Orrick 4-6 Undisclosed 2:1 three at grades A and B X X
                 
  Osborne Clarke 20 1,200 2:1 'Strong' A levels
                 
  Paul Hastings 6-7 Undisclosed 2:1 Mostly As X X X
                 
  Penningtons Manches 12-15 800 2:1 Three or more good A levels
                 
  Peters & Peters 2-4 200 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Pinsent Masons 72 1,500 plus 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  PwC Legal 25 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Reed Smith 24 1,500 2:1 No minimum X
                 
  Ropes & Gray 5-7 400 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  RPC 15 Undisclosed 2:1 Three high-grade A levels
                 
  Shakespeare Martineau 10 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Shearman & Sterling 15 2,000 2:1 AAB X
                 
  Shoosmiths 25 1,600 plus Undisclosed AAB
                 
  Sidley Austin 12 600 2:1 AAB
                 
  Simmons & Simmons 35 3,000 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Skadden 10-12 1000 2:1 Outstanding results X X
                 
  Slaughter and May 80 Undisclosed Strong 2:1 Three strong A-levels
                 
  Squire Patton Boggs 20 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  Stephens Scown 11 350 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Stephenson Harwood 18 1,500 2:1 320 UCAS points
                 
  Stevens & Bolton 5 500 2:1 340 UCAS points, at least one A
                 
  Sullivan & Cromwell 4 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Taylor Vinters 8 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Taylor Wessing Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Thomas Cooper 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  TLT 20 1,000 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  Travers Smith 25 1,000 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Trethowans 3-4 100 plus 2:1 A-C X X X
                 
  Trowers & Hamlins 24 1,600 2:1 ABB
                 
  Veale Wasbrough Vizards 8-10 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Vinson & Elkins 3-4 400 2:1 AAB
                 
  Walker Morris 15 800 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ward Hadaway 10-15 600 plus 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Watson, Farley & Williams 18 700 2:1 ABB
                 
  Wedlake Bell 6 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Weil, Gotshal & Manges 15 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  White & Case Undisclosed 3000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Wilkin Chapman 4 120 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Wilsons 4 Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Winckworth Sherwood 7 350 2:1 AAA X
                 
  Withers 10 900 2:1 AAB