Work Placements

Our two week summer Legal Work Placement scheme is a great way to get an insight into what life is really like at Irwin Mitchell.

You can work in either business or personal legal services and spend time with two departments within your chosen area to get a true insight into what each is like. You’ll gain first-hand experience of our culture, the work we do and the opportunities we have to offer.

But it’s not all about the work - you’ll experience breakfast meetings, social events and have the opportunity to get involved with community and sports activities.

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

Anyone who completes a work placement with us is automatically considered for a training contract. A large proportion of our training contracts are awarded this way every year, so we encourage anyone interested in joining us to apply for a Legal Work Placement first.

90% of people who complete the Legal Work Placement tell us that their placement “exceeded expectations” and we hope that you’ll find it a rewarding and enjoyable experience too.

All About You

We are passionate about finding the right individuals to join Irwin Mitchell.

Whether you want to specialise in personal or business legal services, we are looking for individuals who show a genuine interest in the law and finding out more. We value individuality, innovation and 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. We are committed to diversity so we don’t focus on specific universities - our current 100 trainee solicitors studied at over 40 different universities.

You will need to demonstrate the following skills throughout the assessment process:

  • Commercial awareness
  • Tenacity
  • High attention to detail
  • Teamwork
  • Initiative
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Empathy and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
“It was a very realistic insight into what life as a trainee solicitor would be like at Irwin Mitchell and I was given plenty of responsibility from day one, which made me feel like a valued part of the team.”
Jasmine-Monét Fearnley - Trainee Solicitor, Leeds

Why Choose Us

Every business has its own unique culture and Irwin Mitchell is no exception. We’re proud of the values that make us who we are and that make us one of the most successful law firms in the country.

We’ve come a long way since starting out in Sheffield in 1912 but we haven’t let that change how we operate. We maintain 14 offices in key areas around the country because we understand the importance of local expertise and a personal touch. Our clients range from international corporations to small businesses and private individuals.

We are renowned for our friendly and approachable attitude towards everyone we work with – private clients, business clients and each other. You’ll be encouraged to work as closely with clients as we do and you can always count on getting the support you need while working at Irwin Mitchell.

Our community presence is also a big part of daily life at our locations around the country. Each of our offices select a local charity to work with every year and you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with charity fundraising, volunteering and pro bono legal work.

Apply Now

Legal Work Placements at Irwin Mitchell are strictly limited to the very best candidates every year. Click through to our online application form to apply for your place today.

2018 Legal Work Placements - Applications open on 1st November

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