Young graduates

Early Careers

Whether you’re a school leaver, a graduate or still studying, at Irwin Mitchell we offer a number of Early Career programmes to kick-start your career. 

Work Placements

Applications open from November 2023

Training Contracts

Applications open from November 2023


It’s an exciting time to join the legal profession, which is going through some of the most radical changes in its history.

By joining one of our Early Career programmes at Irwin Mitchell, you’ll be guided through these challenges and more by some of the top solicitors in the country. We are committed to providing world class development for every one of our colleagues.

Our Early Career programmes are key to our future. We’ll guide you through your programme with hands-on training, guidance and mentoring.

Whichever one of our offices you choose, you’ll get the best possible start for your career as you work with a wide range of our clients on critical cases, deals and projects.

We have clear growth plans which will keep us ahead of the competition with significant investment in our people, technology and service delivery. But it’s our people who really set us apart.

By choosing to start your career at Irwin Mitchell, you could be beginning a rewarding and challenging journey right to the top of our firm.

About Our Programmes

Start your legal career here with our Legal Work Placement (LWP) and flagship training contract programme.

To apply for our LWP you must be available for a week placement in Summer 2023 and be one of the following:

  • A law or non-law graduate
  • An undergraduate who; is in at least their penultimate year of a law degree
  • An undergraduate who is in their final year of a non-law degree.

We automatically consider anyone who completes an LWP for a training contract and a large proportion of our training contracts are awarded this way every year.

Our training contract-only route is for people who're looking to apply for a Training Contract starting in 2024 but can’t complete a Legal Work Placement.

Reward & Recognition

There are lots of things that make Irwin Mitchell a great place to work, from the training and development opportunities to our sector-leading equality initiatives. Our employee benefits are our way of helping you live a great life outside of work too.

Here are just a few of the perks our colleagues can benefit from:

  • Volunteering hours
  • Discounts and vouchers
  • Flexible working (flexible by choice)
  • Comprehensive wellbeing programme

Visit our rewards page to find out more about what we offer.

Our Brochure

Read our digital brochure to learn more about what you could experience when you train with us.

Read our brochure

Giving Back To Our Communities

At Irwin Mitchell, being involved with local communities is a natural element of our day-to-day working life.

Whether we're visiting clients at home, supporting local businesses or working with local charities, we’re constantly talking to our communities around the country.

Our apprentices and trainees enjoy getting involved too – fundraising for the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, helping out with local disability sports events and lots more.