• Jasmine-Monét Fearnley
  • Future Trainee Solicitor
  • Leeds

Work Placements & Training Contracts

As a trainee at Irwin Mitchell, you will get to know the different areas of our business. You’ll be given real responsibility and the chance to gain practical experience, helping you to decide which area of law you want to work in.

There are two routes to securing a training contract with the firm:

1. Apply for a Legal Work Placement (recommended) - you will be automatically considered for a training contract on the completion of the Legal Work Placement, with over 65% of training contracts awarded to candidates via this route.


2. Apply for a training contract directly - you will be asked to choose the office and division you'd prefer to work in, but places are very limited via this route.

During your training contract, you will undertake a number of training seats within the Personal Legal Services or Business Legal Services division. The seat rotation will allow you to gain practical experience in three diverse areas of law. The fourth and final seat will most likely be in the department that you, and we, expect you to qualify into.

At application stage we’ll ask you to choose which area of our firm and which office you’d prefer to work in.

Read more about our PLS and BLS divisions

Deadlines for applications

PLS trainees

3 x 4 month seats

Followed by a year-long 'qualification' seat

BLS trainees

3 x 6 month seats

Followed by a six-month 'qualification' seat

Legal Work Placements

The Legal Work Placement is our equivalent of a "vacation scheme". At Irwin Mitchell, the Legal Work Placement reflects the diverse range of applications we receive from people at various points in their studies, and also their careers.

So whether you are a career changer, or at the start, middle or end of your studies, our summer work placement scheme is a great way to get a real insight into what life is really like at Irwin Mitchell. You will get first-hand experience of our culture, the work we do, and the opportunities we have to offer.

It will also give us the chance to see more of you and get to know you better while you are working as part of our firm.

Our Legal Work Placements are a vital part of our recruitment strategy. It is a great way for you to demonstrate your skills in a practical environment and to make a good impression.

A large proportion of our current and future trainee solicitors have undertaken a work placement with the firm, therefore we encourage all those interested in joining us to apply for a Legal Work Placement.

Applicants for a Legal Work Placement are automatically considered for a training contract.

Deadlines for applications

What We're Looking For

We are looking for ambitious and well-motivated individuals who have a real commitment to the law and who can demonstrate a positive approach to their work. We value individuality, innovation, focus and creative thinking and view social ability as being as important as academic achievement.

Many of our lawyers come from a non-legal background, so we welcome applications from all graduates and undergraduates, not just those who have studied law.

We see our trainees as an investment for the future. Over the last five years we have consistently offered qualification roles to more than 80% of our trainees and have been one of the few firms to increase trainee numbers over this period.


First year salary

Regional £25,000
London £36,000

Second year salary

Regional £27,000
London £38,000

NQ salary

Regional: £34,000 - £39,000

London: £47,000 - £60,000

Dependent on the office and division you qualify into.


As a trainee you are entitled to a number of benefits including:

  • 24.5 days holiday plus 8.5 public and firm holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Westfield health plan
  • Death in service and critical illness cover

We provide GDL and LPC funding, if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract, plus a maintenance grant of £4,500.

What Is Our Vision?

Our vision is simple: “To be the legal brand of choice”

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