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 (2020) Applications (2017) Minimum degree A levels (desired) Vac scheme? Open day?     1st-year opps?
                 
  Addleshaw Goddard 37 2,000 2:1 ABB
                 
  Akin Gump 4 300 2:1 AAA/360 UCAS points X X
                 
  Allen & Overy Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 AAB/340 UCAS points
                 
  Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer 2 700 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Ashfords 10 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ashurst 40-45 1,500 2:1 340 or equivalent X
                 
  Baker McKenzie 33 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Bates Wells Braithwaite 6 400 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Berwin Leighton Paisner 40 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Bevan Brittan 8 500 2:1 / 3 yrs' work BBB X X
                 
  Bird & Bird 18 3,000 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Birketts 12 250 2:1 BBB X X
                 
  Blake Morgan 18-20 500 2:1 ABB X
                 
  Blandy & Blandy 2-3 100 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Blaser Mills 4-5 300 2:1 AAB X X X
                 
  BLM 23 2,000 None None X X
                 
  Bond Dickinson Up to 30 1,400 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Boodle Hatfield 4 350-450 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  B P Collins 3-4 55 2:1 Grades A & B X X
                 
  BPE Solicitors 4-6 Undisclosed 2:1 BBB X
                 
  Brabners 6 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Bristows 10 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Browne Jacobson Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Burges Salmon 30 1,500 2:1 ABB/340 UCAS points
                 
  Charles Russell Speechlys Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Cleary Gottlieb 15-20 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Clifford Chance Up to 80 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Clyde & Co 45-50 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  CMS 65 3,000 2:1 ABB
                 
  Collyer Bristow Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 Strong grades X X
                 
  Cooley 4 450 2:1 ABB
                 
  Covington & Burling Up to 8 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Cripps 7 120 2:1 BBB or equivalent X X
                 
  Curtis 2 300 2:1 AAB X X X
                 
  Davis Polk & Wardwell 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Dechert 10 600 2:1 340 UCAS points X X
                 
  Dentons 30 2,000 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  DLA Piper 70 3,000 2:1 ABB
                 
  DWF 40 2,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Evershed Sutherland 50 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Farrer & Co 10 900 2:1 ABB X
                 
  Fladgate 6 Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Foot Anstey 12 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Fox Williams 3 200 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Freeths 20 500 None None X X
                 
  Freshfields 80 Undisclosed 2:1 None
                 
  Gateley 17 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Geldards 6 200 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Gibson Dunn 8 650 2:1 ABB/AAC
                 
  Government Legal Service 40 3,000 2:2 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Harbottle & Lewis 5-6 400 2:1 AAB/340 UCAS points X X X
                 
  Herbert Smith Freehills 60 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Hewitsons 12 500 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  HFW 15 1,000 2:1 340 UCAS points
                 
  Higgs & Sons 4-6 350 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Hill Dickinson Up to 14 1,200 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Hodge Jones & Allen 5-9 400 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Hogan Lovells 60 4,500 2:1 AAA
                 
  Howes Percival 7 300 2:1 BBB
                 
  Ince & Co 10 600 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Irwin Mitchell 45 2,000 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Jones Day 20 1,800 2:1 AAA/36 IB points
                 
  K&L Gates Undisclosed 1,000 2:1 320 UCAS points  
                 
  Kennedys 12 600 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  Kingsley Napley 6 300 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Kirkland & Ellis 10 800 2:1 AAB
                 
  Latham & Watkins 24 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Lewis Silkin Up to 6 400 2:1 AAB  
                 
  Linklaters 110 3,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Macfarlanes Up to 30 800 2:1 None
                 
  Maples Teesdale 3 50 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Mayer Brown 15 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  McDermott Will & Emery 2 Undisclosed 2:1 Grade B X X X
                 
  Memery Crystal 4 250 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Michelmores 8 250 2:1 ABB
                 
  Mills & Reeve 20 950 2:1 300 UCAS points X X
                 
  Mishcon de Reya 12-15 1,000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Morgan Lewis 6-8 Undisclosed 2:1 (high) AAB X X
                 
  Morrison & Foerster 5 350 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Muckle 4 180 2:1 Strong grades X X
                 
  Norton Rose Fulbright Up to 45 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  O'Melveny Up to 4 200 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Orrick 6-8 250 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Osborne Clarke 20 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Paul Hastings 6 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Penningtons Manches 12-15 800 2:1 AAB
                 
  Peters & Peters 2-4 200 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Pinsent Masons 68 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  PwC 25 650 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Reed Smith 24 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Ropes & Gray 5-7 567 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  RPC 12 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Shearman & Sterling 15 2,000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Shoosmiths 20 1,650 None CCC
                 
  Sidley Austin 12 1,000 2:1 AAA
                 
  Simkins 2 200 2:1 None X X
                 
  Simmons & Simmons 30 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Skadden 10 1,000 2:1 340 UCAS points X X
                 
  Slaughter and May 80-85 Undisclosed 2:1 (high) Good A levels
                 
  Squire Patton Boggs 20 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  Stephens Scown 11 350 2:1 320 UCAS X X
                 
  Stephenson Harwood 20 1,500 2:1 320 UCAS points
                 
  Stevens & Bolton 5 500 2:1 340 UCAS points X X
                 
  Sullivan & Cromwell 4-6 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Taylor Vinters 6 300 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Taylor Wessing 20 800 2:1 ABB
                 
  Thomas Cooper 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  TLT 35 1,000 2:1 300 UCAS points
                 
  Travers Smith 25 1,000 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Trethowans 3-4 80 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Trowers & Hamlins 23 1,750 2:1 ABB/320 UCAS points
                 
  Vinson & Elkins 4 400 2:1 AAB
                 
  VWV 8-10 290 2:1 Undisclosed  
                 
  Walker Morris 15 750 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Ward Hadaway 10-15 500 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Watson, Farley & Williams 18 600 2:1 ABB or equivalent
                 
  Wedlake Bell 6 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Weil, Gotshal & Manges Up to 15 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X
                 
  White & Case 50 3,000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Wilkin Chapman 4 100 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Wilsons 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Winckworth Sherwood 8 300 2:1 AAA X
                 
  Withers 11 900 2:1 AAB