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 (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 (2021) Applications (2018) Minimum degree A levels (desired) Vac scheme? Open day?     1st-year opps?
                 
  Addleshaw Goddard 46 2,000 2:1 ABB
                 
  Akin Gump 4 350 2:1 AAA X X
                 
  Allen & Overy Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 AAB
                 
  Arnold & Porter 2 700 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Ashfords 10 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Ashurst 40-45 1,500 2:1 340 UCAS points* X
                 
  Baker McKenzie 33 Undisclosed 2:1 340 UCAS points*
                 
  Bates Wells Braithwaite 6 400 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  BDB Pitmans 5 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Bevan Brittan 10 500 2:1 / 3 yrs' work BBB X X
                 
  Bird & Bird 18 2,000 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Birketts 15 450 2:1 BBB/120 UCAS points X X
                 
  Blake Morgan 18-20 500 2:1 ABB X
                 
  Blandy & Blandy 2-3 100 2:1 As and Bs X X
                 
  Blaser Mills 4-5 300 2:1 ABB X X X
                 
  BLM 23 2,000 None None X X
                 
  Boodle Hatfield 4 350-450 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  B P Collins 3-4 60 2:1 As and Bs X X
                 
  Brabners 6 500 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Bristows 10 1,200 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Browne Jacobson 15 900 None None X X
                 
  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 35 Undisclosed 2:1 136 UCAS points
                 
  Burges Salmon 20 1,500 2:1 AAB/136 UCAS points
                 
  Charles Russell Speechlys Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed X X
                 
  Cleary Gottlieb 15-20 Undisclosed 2:1 (high) Undisclosed X X
                 
  Clifford Chance 90 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 X X
                 
  Crown Prosecution Service 30 1,700 2:2 None X X X
                 
  Curtis 2 300 2:1 AAB X X X
                 
  Davis Polk 4 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Debevoise & Plimpton 8 Undisclosed 2:1 360 UCAS X X
                 
  Dechert 10 650 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Dentons 40 2,000 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  DLA Piper 70 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  DWF 40 2,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  Eversheds Sutherland 50 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB
                 
  Farrer & Co 10 800 2:1 ABB X
                 
  Fladgate 6 Undisclosed None 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
                 
  Fried Frank 2 150 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Gateley 20 Undisclosed 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Geldards 6 200 2:1 Undisclosed X
                 
  Gibson Dunn 8 760 2:1 ABB
                 
  Goodwin 6 400 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Government Legal Profession 40 3,000 2:2 None X X
                 
  Harbottle & Lewis 5-6 400 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 4-6 350 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Hill Dickinson 10 1,200 2:1 ABB X X
                 
  Hodge Jones & Allen 5-9 400 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  Hogan Lovells 50 3,900 2:1 AAA
                 
  Howes Percival 7 300 2:1 BBB
                 
  Irwin Mitchell 45 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points*
                 
  Jones Day 20 1,800 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  K&L Gates Undisclosed 1,000 2:1 320 UCAS points*  
                 
  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 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 BBB X X X
                 
  Memery Crystal 4 250 2:1 320 UCAS points* X X
                 
  Michelmores 8 250 2:1 ABB
                 
  Mills & Reeve 20 950 2:1 120 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
                 
  Morgan Sports Law Undisclosed Undisclosed 2:1 AAB X 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 1,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  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 6-8 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Penningtons Manches 12-15 800 2:1 AAB
                 
  Pinsent Masons 68 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points*
                 
  Reed Smith 25 1,500 2:1 ABB
                 
  Ropes & Gray 5-7 601 2:1 AAB X X
                 
  Royds Withy King 9-10 300 2:2 Undisclosed
                 
  RPC 12 Undisclosed 2:1 3 high grade
                 
  Russell-Cooke 10 300 2:1 AAB X
                 
  Shearman & Sterling 15 2,000 2:1 AAB
                 
  Shoosmiths 22 1,650 None CCC
                 
  Sidley Austin 12 1,000 2:1 AAA
                 
  Simkins 2 200 2:1 None X X
                 
  Simmons & Simmons 25 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed
                 
  Skadden 10-12 1,000 2:1 Undisclosed X X
                 
  Slaughter and May 80-85 Undisclosed Good 2:1 Good A levels
                 
  Squire Patton Boggs 25 1,500 2:1 300 UCAS points*
                 
  Stephens Scown 8 300 2:1 320 UCAS points* 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 3 Undisclosed 2:1 Undisclosed X X X
                 
  TLT 37 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 10-15 500 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 3,500 2:1 AAB
                 
  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 *.