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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

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. Read more

We always strive to recruit the best possible people, who demonstrate our values of integrity, excellence, and partnership and who will shape the future of the firm. Our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme and partnerships with organisations such as Aspiring Solicitors are key to helping us find those people.”

Bethan Waters, Graduate and Solicitor Apprentice Recruitment Partner

Key dates

  • 1 November 2023

    Applications open for 2024 solicitor apprenticeships, 2024 vacation schemes and 2026 training contracts.

  • 5 January 2024

    Deadline for 2024 vacation scheme applications is 23:59.

  • 14 February 2024

    Deadline for 2024 solicitor apprentice applications is 23:59.

  • 31 March 2024

    Deadline for 2026 training contract applications is 23:59.

  • 2 April - 12 April 2024

    Spring vacation scheme

  • 1 June 2024

    Applications open for October work experience.

  • 24 June - 5 July 2024

    First Summer vacation scheme

  • 8 July - 19 July 2024

    Second Summer vacation scheme

  • 6 September 2024

    Deadline for October work experience is 23:59.

Frequently asked questions

Do you recruit on a rolling basis?

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

Can I re-apply if I am unsuccessful?

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.

Do I have a better chance of gaining a training contract if I have completed a vacation scheme with Farrer & Co?

No, it varies each year. Our vacation scheme and training contract application processes are separate. 60 per cent of our 2023 and 57 per cent of our 2024 trainee cohorts completed a vacation scheme at Farrer & Co.

Do you run any assessment centres as part of your recruitment?

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

Shortlisted candidates applying for our solicitor apprenticeship programme will be invited to an in-person assessment morning in April (coinciding with schools’ easter break). This involves a group task, interview and short written exercise.

Will the recruitment process accommodate adjustments?

Yes. We encourage anyone requiring adjustments for whatever reason to let the graduate trainee and solicitor apprenticeship team know so we can implement these for your assessments. All information disclosed will be managed confidentially.

Do you run any open days?

Yes, we host our own open days in the autumn which anyone is eligible to attend and includes a variety of talks about what it is like to work at Farrer & Co. Please use the links below to sign up to one of our  virtual open days.

8 November 2023 - click here
4 December 2023 - click here

We are participating in a virtual event on Tuesday the 31st of October 2023 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 register via this link -

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

To register for one of our virtual schools-focused open evenings, please see the details above on Solicitor Apprenticeships.

These open days offer candidates the opportunity to find out more about our firm and the recruitment process in more detail as well as having their questions answered by individuals across the firm.”

Can I participate in any of your events if I am a first year university student?

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 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.

How is Farrer & Co approaching the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)?

We require all our future trainees to take the SQE route. You are still eligible to apply if you have already completed your GDL / LPC. For those who have already obtained the LPC you will be required to complete the SQE 2. 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.

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