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

50

 

31 July 2021

2.1

No requirements

Akin Gump

6

450

11 July 2021

2.1

 

Allen & Overy

80

 

20 December 2020

2.1

AAB/136 UCAS points of equivalent

Ashfords

10

450

30 April 2021

2.1

 

Ashurst

 

 

 

2.1

 

Baker McKenzie

33

876

01 April 2021

2.1

AAB

Bates Wells

6

600

01 June 2021

2.1

ABB

BDB Pitmans

13

549

TBC

2.1

ABB

Bevan Brittan

10

500

30 June 2021

2.1

ABB

Bird & Bird

18

2000

31 December 2020

None

NA

Birketts

 

 

30 June 2021

2.1

BBB

Blaser Mills

4

200

14 August 2021

2.1

AAB

BLM

23

2000

TBC

None

 

Boodle Hatfield

4

511

30 June 2021

2.1

 

Brabners

7

500

31st October 2020

2.1

N/A

Bristows

10

1500

10th January 2021

2.1

N/A

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

30

1500

31 May 2021

n/a

n/a

Burges Salmon

22

868

24 June 2020

2.1

BBB

Charles Russell Speechlys

24

1000

31 January 2021

2.1

AAB

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

15

1000

31 July 2021

High 2:1

AAA or equivalent

Clifford Chance

90

 

12 December 2020

 

 

Clyde & Co

50

1000

TBC

2.1

AAB (mitigating circumstances considered)

CMS

79

 

N/A

2.1

ABB

Collyer Bristow

0

0

N/A

2.1

Good grades

Cooley

4

494

31 January 2021

2.1

ABB

Covington & Burling

9

491

09 July 2021

2.1

ABB

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

 

 

 

2.1

BBB or above

Davis Polk & Wardwell London

4

 

N/A

2.1

N/A

Debevoise & Plimpton

 

 

03 January 2021

2.1

144 UCAS points

Dechert

10

 

Recruits from vacation scheme

2.1

AAB

Dentons

42

 

30 June 2021

2.1

ABB

DLA Piper

70

 

n/a

n/a

n/a

Dorsey & Whitney

2

350

31 July 2021

2.1

None

DWF

30

2000

25 June 2021

2.1

 

Farrer & Co

10

1110

9th July 2021

2.1

ABB

Fladgate

8

500

31 January 2021

2.1

ABB

Foot Anstey

7

 

01 June 2021

2.1

BBB

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

80

 

7 January 2021 (Winter); 15 July 2021 (Summer)

2.1

None

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

3

180

30 June 2021

2.1

AAB

Gateley PLC

25

1000

01 February 2021

2.1

BBB

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

6

650

31 July 2021

2.1

ABB

Goodwin

10

500

31st July 2021

2.1

N/A

Harbottle & Lewis

6

618

31 May 2021

2.1

 

Herbert Smith Freehills

60

 

NA

2.1

NA

Hewitsons

 

 

31 August 2021

2.1

Undisclosed

HFW

15

 

31 July 2021

2.1

 

Hill Dickinson

15

100

31 January 2021

2.1

ABB

Hodge Jones & Allen

5

400

30 July 2012

2.1

 

Hogan Lovells

50

2325

31 July 2021

2.1

AAB

Howes Percival

9

250

30 June 2020

2.1

 

Irwin Mitchell

50

3000

04 January 2021

2.1

BBB

Jones Day

15

20

8th January 2021

2.1

 

K&L Gates

 

800

31 July 2021

2.1

320 UCAS

Kennedys

20

900

31 December 2020

2.1

120 UCAS

Kingsley Napley

7

501

01 May 2021

2.1

AAB

Kirkland & Ellis

10

1000

11 July 2021

2.1

AAB

Latham & Watkins

24

1000

01 July 2021

2.1

AAB

Leigh Day

19

550

01 March 2021

2.1

ABB

Lewis Silkin

6

452

01 June 2021

2.1

N/A

Linklaters

100

 

10 December 2020

2.1

None

Macfarlanes

33

1196

31 July 2021

2.1

 

Maples Teesdale

3

 

20 August 2021

2.1

ABB

Mayer Brown

15

350

31 January 2021

2.1

AAB or equivalent

Memery Crystal

 

 

 

2.1

ABB

Michelmores

8

250

 

2.1

ABB

Mills & Reeve

20

1000

04 January 2021

2.1

BBB

Mishcon de Reya

20

1500

 

N/A

N/A

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

6

385

14 July 2021

2.1

AAB

Morrison & Foerster (UK)

8

400

04 January 2021

2.1

AAB

Muckle

4

160

31 March 2021

2.1

3 high grades

Northridge Law

2

199

 

2.1

 

Norton Rose Fulbright

45

822

13 December 2020 (Finalists & Grads); 11 July 2021 (Penultimate year law)

2.1

AAB

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

6

500

29 May 2021

2.1

Undisclosed

Osborne Clarke

25

 

15 January 202

2.1

 

Paul Hastings (Europe)

8

425

N/A

2.1

N/A

Penningtons Manches Cooper

13

793

31st July 2021

2.1

AAB

Peters & Peters

2

275

31 May 2021

2.1

 

Pinsent Masons

69

 

21 May 2021

2.1

300 UCAS

Reed Smith

25

 

via vac scheme

2.1

ABB

Ropes & Gray

7

305

n/a

2.1

AAB

RPC

15

1800

14th March 2021 (Bristol) 25th June 2021 (London)

2.1

N/A

Russell-Cooke

10

 

30 June 2021

2.1

AAB

Shearman & Sterling

15

2000

TBC

2.1

N/A

Sidley Austin

14

1500

N/A

2.1

AAA

Simkins

2

 

 

 

 

Simmons & Simmons

24

 

 

2.1

136 UCAS

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

 

 

31 December 2020

2.1

Undisclosed

Slaughter and May

80

 

 

2.1

 

Squire Patton Boggs

23

 

08 January 2021

2.1

BBB

Stephenson Harwood

20

1500

31 July 2021

2.1

ABB

Stevens & Bolton

5

367

01 June 2021

2.1

340 UCAS

Sullivan & Cromwell

6

 

16 July 2021

2.1

 

Taylor Wessing

20

 

 

2.1

ABB

TLT

28

1136

31 May 2021

2.1

120 UCAS points of equivalent (new tariff)

Travers Smith

25

1600

31 July 2021

2.1

AAB (subject to context and circumstances)

Trowers & Hamlins

23

800

30 July 2021

2.1

ABB

Vinson & Elkins

6

521

June 30 2021

2.1

AAB

Watson Farley & Williams

18

418

08 January 2021

2.1

ABB or equivalent

Weil Gotshal & Manges

15

580

31 July 2021

2.1

AAB or equivalent

White & Case

50

1600

15 January 2021 (spring and summer)

2.1

AAB

Wiggin

3

246

30 May 2021

2.1

N/A

Winckworth Sherwood

8

350

31 May 2021

 

 

Winston & Strawn

3

450

15 January 2021

2.1

N/A

Womble Bond Dickinson

25

1280

28 February 2020

2.1

 

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