BBC training contract

Television Centre - former headquarters of the BBC

Want to be a lawyer for the world's oldest national broadcaster? Want to help the BBC with IP, rights and technology issues and commercial contracts?

The BBC recently announced it will be recruiting trainees externally for the first time in 2015.

While the Beeb has had internally recruited trainee solicitors on its books before, the move to look for candidates externally is new. Applications open on 2 March and close on 16 March. Positions are to start in September 2015, so you must have completed or be about to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to be eligible. There are three trainee positions on offer.

Speaking to BBC legal learning and development manager Alison Neil, we learnt that there is no minimum degree or A level requirement for the role.

From 2 March you'll be able to find the application form online. It will ask some basic questions to test your eligibility and suitability for the role. If you make it through an initial sift you'll be put through a Watson Glaser critical thinking test. Those who achieve the highest scores will be asked to do a further series of tests, with the final shortlisted 24 being invited to a half-day assessment centre in May.

The Corporation is only recruiting a few months in advance and is not offering sponsorship or other assistance for the GDL or LPC. The plan is for trainees to be recruited every two years, but this cannot be guaranteed at present as it will depend on future budgeting.

Head over to the BBC's website for more information plus the application form.