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Being a good lawyer requires much more than excellent academic ability. When selecting our future lawyers, we look for ambition, commercial awareness, discretion, clear and agile thinkers, open-minded individuals, resilience and analytical ability. If this sounds like you then we would love you to join us.

Through our work experience, vacation schemes, solicitor apprenticeships and training contracts, we provide an opportunity to learn from lawyers who are the leading experts in their fields. Our approach gives you a breadth of experience: you will have real responsibilities while receiving full support and guidance.

What is it like to train at Farrer & Co?

  • Aspiring Solicitors works to increase diversity in the legal profession across all underrepresented groups. Our partnership with Aspiring Solicitors is part of the firm's ongoing commitment to increasing diversity amongst solicitors at the firm.

    You can contact our professional ambassadors via the Aspiring Solicitors portal. Please visit Aspiring solicitors for more information.

    Find out more about our other diversity partnerships.

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  • We run a work experience programme in October half-term (Monday 25 October 2021 – Friday 29 October 2021).

    In light of COVID-19, we expect our work experience scheme will be conducted virtually again this year.

    Applications to apply for work experience will open on Monday 14 June 2021 and the deadline is Sunday 12 September 2021.

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    The scheme will give individuals the chance to see how the whole firm operates with a series of interesting talks plus a CV workshop and the chance to complete a research task for their supervisor.

    The scheme is open to:

    • Individuals studying A-levels or equivalent at the time of the work experience.
    • Individuals who have an interest in working in a law firm, whether as a solicitor or in one of our business services teams, be it Finance, Marketing, HR, IT or Knowledge Learning & Development.
    • Individuals who have five GCSEs grade 4-9 (or equivalent points) including Maths and English, unless there are mitigating circumstances.

    There will be five spaces available on the scheme.

    We will give priority to individuals who have not had previous similar work experience in a professional services firm and/or as part of a structured programme.

    For more details, please call Rebecca Reese, Senior Knowledge, Learning & Development Adviser, on +44 (0)20 3375 7000 or email us.

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Application process

Our minimum academic requirements are one A and two Bs at A Level (or equivalent) and an upper second class degree but we will consider exceptional mitigating circumstances for academics below this.

Vacation schemes

We run one Easter and two Summer vacation schemes each year. You will spend time in our legal teams alongside a lawyer who will supervise you. You will also attend lunchtime seminars, social events and take part in a group legal case study.

There are ten places available on each scheme and successful applicants will receive an allowance of £300 per week. Key dates for our vacation scheme are set out below.

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Training contracts

Every summer, we recruit ten trainees to join us.

Approximately 40-50 of the best applicants are invited to a first interview where they will also be required to complete a short written exercise. If candidates are successful, they then progress to the second interview stage and are also given a short case study to discuss. Reasonable adjustments are available, if required.

Farrer & Co will pay all fees relating to the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course for our future trainees. To assist with living costs, they will receive a grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,000 for the LPC. Key dates for our training contracts are set out below.

COVID-19 update: interviews for our 2023 training contracts will be conducted by video during summer 2021.

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For more details, call Claire Roche, Graduate Recruitment and Development Adviser, or email us.

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Frequently asked questions

  • No, we wait until our application window has closed before informing candidates if they have been successful or not.

  • Yes, there is always lots of competition for available places. We would encourage candidates to apply to us again if they are initially unsuccessful but still interested in joining us. If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place on our vacation scheme you are still eligible to apply for a training contract during the same recruitment round.

  • No, our vacation scheme and training contract application processes are completely separate. 50 per cent of our 2020 and 2021 trainee cohorts completed a vacation scheme at Farrer & Co.

  • Yes, we typically run three assessment days in early March each year as part of our process to select candidates for our vacation schemes. This day involves a group task and a written exercise.

  • Yes, we will be hosting two virtual open days which anyone is eligible to attend and includes a variety of talks about what it is like to work at Farrer & Co. Please register via the links below:

    Tuesday 19 October (10:00-12:00)

    Thursday 4 November (14:00-16:00)

    We also host open days as part of our partnerships with external associations, such as Aspiring Solicitors and All About Law. Details for how to sign up can be found on their respective websites. 

  • Yes, we host our own open days in the autumn as well as open days as part of our partnerships with external associations, such as Aspiring Solicitors and All About Law, which are often open to first years. Details of how to sign up can be found on the respective websites.

    We are also participating in a virtual event on Tuesday 2 November 2021 which aims to give candidates an exclusive insight from a range of leading law firms into the benefits of training at a firm with a smaller trainee intake. Please contact [email protected] to register your interest.

    We are regularly invited to host university virtual Q&A events and attend university panel sessions. For more details, please ask your university career advisor or law society.

  • We have decided to move away from the existing GDL/ LPC route in our 2022 recruitment round and require all our future trainees from then to take the SQE route. This will mean the first Farrer & Co trainees joining us under the SQE system will start in Autumn 2024. You are still eligible to apply if you have already completed your GDL/ LPC. We will also continue to require our future trainees to carry out a two-year period of qualifying work experience with us. For more details about the SQE, please visit the SRA website.

  • Yes, we are delighted that we will be recruiting two Solicitor Apprentices to join us in September 2022. Details about the recruitment process and six-year programme will follow shortly.

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