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.

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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.

 

       Vacancies (2022) Applications (2019) Minimum degree A levels (desired) Vac scheme? Open day?     1st-year prog?
                 
  Addleshaw Goddard 50 2,000 2:1 ABB
                 
  Akin Gump 6 350 2:1 AAA X X
                 
  Allen & Overy Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 AAB / 136 UCAS
                 
  Arnold & Porter 2 700 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Ashfords 10 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ashurst 40 1,500 2:1 340 UCAS points* X
                 
  Baker McKenzie 33 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points*
                 
  Bevan Brittan 10 500 2:1 / 3 yrs' work BBB X X
                 
  Bird & Bird 18 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Birketts Undisclosed Undisclosed See website See website X X
                 
  Blandy & Blandy 3 100 2:1 As and Bs X X
                 
  Blaser Mills 5 100 2:1 ABB X X X
                 
  BLM 23 2,000 None None X X
                 
  Boodle Hatfield 4 450 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  B P Collins 4 60 2:1 As and Bs X X
                 
  Brabners 7 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Bristows 10 1,200 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Browne Jacobson 12 1,000 None None X X
                 
  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 35 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Burges Salmon 40 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Charles Russell Speechlys Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Cleary Gottlieb 15 Undisclosed 2:1 (high) Undisclosed X X
                 
  Clifford Chance 90 Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
                 
  Clyde & Co TBC TBC TBC TBC
                 
  CMS 65 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Collyer Bristow Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Cooley 4 50 2:1 128 UCAS
                 
  Covington & Burling 9 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Cripps Pemberton Greenish 10 160 2:1 BBB X X
                 
  Curtis 2 300 2:1 AAB X X X
                 
  Davis Polk 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Debevoise & Plimpton 9 Undisclosed 2:1 144 UCAS X X
                 
  Dechert 10 900 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Dentons 25 1,700 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  DLA Piper 70 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Dorsey & Whitney 2 120 2:1 None
                 
  Druces 2 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  DWF 35 2,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Eversheds Sutherland 50 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Farrer & Co 10 890 2:1 ABB X
                 
  Fladgate 6 Undisclosed None Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Fox Williams Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Freeths 20 500 None None X X
                 
  Freshfields 80 Undisclosed 2:1 None
                 
  Fried Frank 2 150 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Gateley 25 600 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Gibson Dunn Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Goodwin 10 500 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Gowling WLG 10 500 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Government Legal Profession TBC TBC 2:2 None X X
                 
  Harbottle & Lewis 6 400 2:1 AAB 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 Undisclosed
                 
  Higgs & Sons 5 200 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Hill Dickinson 10 500 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Hodge Jones & Allen 9 350 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Hogan Lovells 50 2,900 2:1 AAA
                 
  Howes Percival 8 300 2:1 BBB
                 
  Irwin Mitchell 50 1,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Jones Day 20 1,800 2:1 AAB / 136 UCAS
                 
  K&L Gates Undisclosed 1,000 2:1 320 UCAS*  
                 
  Kennedys 18 900 2:1 120 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
                 
  Leigh Day 10 550 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Lewis Silkin Up to 6 400 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Linklaters 100 3,500 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Macfarlanes 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 BBB X X X
                 
  Memery Crystal 5 250 2:1 128 UCAS X X
                 
  Michelmores 10 250 2:1 ABB
                 
  Mills & Reeve 20 1,000 2:1 120 UCAS X X
                 
  Mishcon de Reya 15 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Morgan Lewis 6-8 300 2:1 (high) AAB X X
                 
  Morrison & Foerster 7 400 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Muckle 4 180 2:1 3 high grades X X
                 
  Northridge Law 1-2 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Norton Rose Fulbright Up to 45 2,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Orrick 6 300 2:1 BBB X X
                 
  Osborne Clarke 20 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Paul Hastings 7-8 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Penningtons Manches Cooper 16 800 2:1 AAB
                 
  Peters & Peters 2 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Pinsent Masons 68 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points*
                 
  Reed Smith Undisclosed Undisclosed See website See website
                 
  Ropes & Gray 7 261 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  RPC 14 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Russell-Cooke 10 300 2:1 AAB X
                 
  Shearman & Sterling 15 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Sidley Austin 14 1,000 2:1 AAA
                 
  Simkins 2 300 2:1 None X X
                 
  Simmons & Simmons 25 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Skadden 10 1,000 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Slaughter and May 80 Undisclosed Good 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Squire Patton Boggs 25 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points*
                 
  Stephens Scown 11 Undisclosed 2:1 120 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 5 300 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Taylor Wessing 20 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  TLT 38 2,000 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 1,500 2:1 ABB
                 
  Vinson & Elkins 5 400 2:1 AAB
                 
  VWV 8-10 290 2:1 Undisclosed  
                 
  Walker Morris 15 750 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Ward Hadaway 12-15 500 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Watson, Farley & Williams 18 600 2:1 ABB
                 
  Wedlake Bell 8 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Weil, Gotshal & Manges Up to 15 Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X
                 
  White & Case 50 4,000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Wiggin         X X X
                 
  Wilkin Chapman 5 100 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Wilsons 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Winckworth Sherwood 8 300 2:1 AAA X
                 
  Winston & Strawn 2 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Withers 11 900 2:1 AAB
                 
  Womble Bond Dickinson Up to 25 1,500-1,700 2:1 Undisclosed X X

 

* A new UCAS tariff was introduced in 2017. For example, under the old system an 'A' was worth 120 points, so three As were 360 UCAS points; under the new system an 'A' is worth 48 points, so three As are 144 points. A full breakdown of the new tariffs can be found here. Some firms have provided us with numbers under the new system and some have used the old system. Tariff requirements using the old system are marked with an *.