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Being a good lawyer requires much more than excellent academic ability. It involves teamwork, commercial awareness, intuition, versatility, the ability to get on with a variety of people - and great communication skills. That’s what we look for when we are choosing our trainees.

More than that, we are looking for people with engaging personalities and who understand that practising law goes well beyond the ability to analyse. It is about the ability to understand people as well as issues, and presenting information that is often complex in a clear and accessible way.

Every year, we welcome between eight and ten trainees to the firm. They are people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures who recognise the importance of working for a law firm that regards trainees as an essential part of the team. Not only will you receive support and advice from some of the country’s top lawyers, you will gain valuable experience in all aspects of the firm's day-to-day work, including assisting in transactions, meeting with clients and drafting documents, not to mention attending client events and firm social activities.

Find out more in our Graduate Recruitment Brochure

What is it like to train at Farrer & Co?

Our minimum academic requirements are one A and two Bs at A Level (or equivalent) and an upper second class degree unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances.

The deadline for 2021 training contract applications is 31 July 2019. Click here to view the application form.

Farrer & Co will pay all fees relating to the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. To assist with living costs, future trainees will receive a grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,000 for the LPC.

We run three vacation schemes each year. The schemes last for two weeks, with each week being spent in a different team under supervision. Other activities include lunchtime seminars, a tour of the courts, various social activities and a group case study involving legal presentation skills.

There are 10 places available on each scheme and successful applicants will receive an allowance of £300 per week.

The dates of the 2019 vacation schemes are:

• Easter scheme: 8 April – 18 April
• First summer scheme: 24 June – 5 July
• Second summer scheme: 15 July – 26 July

The deadline for all vacation schemes is 31 January 2019. Click here to view the application form.

Applications for our 2019 vacation schemes and training contracts commencing September 2021 will open on 1 November 2018.

Contact Us

For more details of trainee recruitment, call Claire Roche, Graduate Recruitment and Development Adviser, or email Graduate Recruitment

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