Application and selection criteria

How many trainees does each law firm recruit? How many applications does it get a year? Which firms require a minimum 2:1 degree? Which firms care about A levels? The answer to all these questions, and more, are below.


If you're interested in applying to a firm it's important to know the basics: what are its minimum degree and A level requirements? Does it offer a vac scheme? How about an open day? And how many vacancies and applications does it typically get? All that information is provided here.

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 (e.g. 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.

 

Firm

Training contract vacancies

Number of applicants

Closing dates for application

Grade requirements

A levels (desired)

Addleshaw Goddard

58

2,000 

31 July 2022

2.1

N/A

Akin Gump

6

350

10 July 2022

2.1

N/A 

Ashfords

 

530

30 April 2022

2.1

3 A* - C 

Ashurst

40 

1000 

31 March 2022 

2.1

N/A 

Baker McKenzie

33

2524

01 April 2022

2.1

N/A

Bates Wells

6

700

01 June 2022

2.1

ABB

BDB Pitmans

13

441

31 May 2022

2.1

ABB

Bevan Brittan

12

800

 

2.1

ABB

Birketts

 

 

 

 

 

Blaser Mills

4

200

31 August 2022

2.1

 

BLM

17

800

24 April 2022

None

N/A 

Boodle Hatfield

4

468

19 June 2022

2.1

N/A 

Brabners

7

174

 

2.1

N/A

Bristows

10

850

02 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

35

1800

31 May 2022

N/A

N/A

Burges Salmon

24

1224

30 April 2022

2.1

N/A

Charles Russell Speechlys

22

1000

31 January 2021

2.1

AAB

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

15

1000

31 July 2022

2.1

N/A

Clifford Chance

100

 

 

 2.1

 

Clyde & Co

40

1100

 

2.1

AAB

CMS

95

 3012

 

2.1

N/A

Collyer Bristow

4

237

TBC

2.1

Good grades

Cooley

4

734

31 January 2022

2.1

ABB

Covington & Burling

9

834

 

2.1

ABB

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

 

186 

TBC 

2.1

BBB

Davis Polk & Wardwell London

4

 

08 January 2022

2.1

N/A

Debevoise & Plimpton

 9

 

03 January 2022

2.1

144 UCAS points

Dechert

10

 

31 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Dentons

 

 

30 June 2022

2.1

ABB

DLA Piper

65

 

 

N/A

N/A

Dorsey & Whitney

2

350

31 July 2021

2.1

None

Druces

2

100

16 July 2022

N/A

N/A

DWF

32

3000

24 June 2022

2.1

Good A-levels 

Farrer & Co

10

778

15 July 2022

2.1

ABB

Fladgate

7

500

31 January 2022

2.1

ABB

Foot Anstey

4

467 

01 May 2022

2.1

BBB

Forsters

10

650

30 June 2022

2.1

ABB

Fox Williams

     

2.1

ABB

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

80

 

6 January 2022 (Winter); 14 July 2022 (Summer)

2.1

N/A

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

3

180

30 June 2022

2.1

AAB

Gateley PLC

25

871

24 January 2022

N/A

N/A

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

6

640

01 February 2022

2.1

ABB

Goodwin

12

 

31st July 2022

2.1

N/A

Harbottle & Lewis

5

450

31 May 2022

2.1

 Strong A-levels

Herbert Smith Freehills

60

4387 

01 October 2021; 03 December 2021

2.1

NA

HFW

15

 800

31 July 2022

N/A

 N/A

Hill Dickinson

20

1000

31 January 2022

2.1

ABB

Hodge Jones & Allen

10

217

29 July 2022

2.1

 N/A

Hogan Lovells

50

3000

31 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Howes Percival

10

200

30 June 2022

2.1

BBB 

Irwin Mitchell

50

3000

02 January 2022

N/A

N/A

Jones Day

15

1600

08 January 2022

2.1

 N/A

K&L Gates

800

31 July 2022

2.1

320 UCAS

Kennedys

20

2024

31 December 2021

2.1

120 UCAS

Kingsley Napley

8

678

 

2.1

AAB

Kirkland & Ellis

10

800

10 December 2022

2.1

AAB

Latham & Watkins

24

500

10 July 2022

2.1

AAB

Leigh Day

11

700

 

2.1

ABB

Lewis Silkin

7

550

28 February 2022

N/A

N/A

Linklaters

100

 1000

10 December 2021

2.1

N/A

Macfarlanes

33

1124

25 July 2022

2.1

N/A 

Maples Teesdale

 

 

 

2.1

ABB

Marriott Harrison

3

 

March 2022

N/A

N/A

Mayer Brown

15

456

31 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Michelmores

8

350

31 January 2022 

N/A

N/A

Mills & Reeve

20

1000

04 January 2022

2.1

BBB

Mishcon de Reya

30

1774

 

2.1

ABB

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

6

349

08 July 2022

2.1

AAB

Morrison & Foerster (UK)

7

400

03 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Muckle

4

163

31 March 2022

2.1

3 high grades

Norton Rose Fulbright

45

852

11 July 2022

2.1

AAB

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

5

500

 

2.1

N/A

Osborne Clarke

38

1500 

15 January 2022

N/A

 N/A

Paul Hastings (Europe)

9

 

31 July 2022

2.1

Majority A grades

Penningtons Manches Cooper

18

1009

31st July 2022

2.1

AAB

Pinsent Masons

69

2670 

20 May 2022

2.1

120 UCAS

Reed Smith

25

1700 

10 December 2021

2.1

N/A

Ropes & Gray

12

575

 

N/A

N/A

RPC

18

1800

13 March 2022 (Bristol) 26 June 2022 (London)

2.1

N/A

Russell-Cooke

12

1061 

18 February 2022

2.1

AAB

Shearman & Sterling

15

2000

 

2.1

AAB

Sidley Austin

14

1000

29 October 2021; 28 January 2022

2.1

AAA

Simkins

2

400 

31 May 2022 

2.1 

 N/A

Simmons & Simmons

 

 

1 November 2021; 19 December 2021 

2.1

AAB

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

14 

1615 

15 December 2021

2.1

N/A

Slaughter and May

 

 

 

2.1

Three good A-levels 

Squire Patton Boggs

25

1400 

07 January 2022

2.1

BBB

Stephens Scown

10

85

Rolling

2.1

N/A

Stephenson Harwood

10

1867

31 July 2022

2.1

ABB

Stevens & Bolton

5

367

01 June 2021

2.1

340 UCAS

Sullivan & Cromwell

6

 

15 July 2022

2.1

 

Taylor Wessing

20

 

 

2.1

ABB

TLT

27

943

31 May 2022

2.1

120 UCAS points (BBB)

Travers Smith

30

 

 

2.1

AAB

Trowers & Hamlins

23

 

29 July 2022

2.1

ABB

Vinson & Elkins

5

607

30 June 2022

2.1

AAB

Ward Hadaway

13

   

2.1

AAB

Wedlake Bell

8

570 30 June 2022

2.1

N/A

Watson Farley & Williams

18

632

03 July 2022

2.1

ABB

Weil Gotshal & Manges

15

1200

31 July 2022

2.1

AAB

White & Case

50

4500

15 January 2022

2.1

AAB

Wiggin

4

167

 

2.1

N/A

Wilkin Chapman

6

99

31 January 2022

2.1

N/A

Winckworth Sherwood

8

350

 

 2.1

 N/A

Withers

13

434850

30 June 2022

2.1

AAB

Womble Bond Dickinson

25

2500

 

2.1

N/A 

* Where a box is blank, the firm did not provide information.