Frequently Asked Questions

Training Contracts

  • Can I amend my application once it has been submitted?

    You can update your personal details through logging into your application homepage, and clicking on 'My Details' before 'Edit Details'. However, you can't amend your application once it's been submitted - so please make sure you check your application carefully.

  • Can I update my email address once I have applied?

    Unfortunately not – you'll need to email us at and we'll do this for you. Please avoid using your university email address if you're graduating this year or finishing your LPC, as it may be closed down before the recruitment process finishes.

  • Can I defer my training contract start date?

    As a general principle, we do not defer training contract start dates.

  • Do you accept applications from non-law graduates?

    We welcome applications from all kinds of graduates and undergraduates, not just those who have studied law.

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  • Does the firm have any preference regarding the institution that a candidate studies their GDL and/or LPC?

    We're currently partnered with the University of Law and University of Sheffield to deliver the GDL and LPC to our future trainees. All future trainees will study their GDL and/or their LPC at either of these institutions, if they've not already started or completed their course when they're offered a training contract. If you've already signed up to another provider, the Early Careers team can discuss this with you.

  • Does the firm pay GDL/LPC fees?

    If your application is successful, we will meet all the fees associated with your LPC and, if applicable, your GDL if you have not started or completed your studies when offered a training contract. We don’t pay fees retrospectively. We also provide a maintenance grant of £4,500 to help you through your studies.

  • How does the seat rotation work?

    During your training contract you will undertake three ‘training’ seats and one ‘qualification’ seat. The fourth and final seat will most likely be in the department that you, and we, expect you to qualify into.

  • How many trainees do you seek to retain on qualification?

    Trainees are an investment for the future. Over the last five years we have consistently offered qualification roles to more than 80% of our trainees.

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  • How many training contract vacancies do you have?

    This year we have approximately 45 vacancies across the 11 locations where we currently offer training contracts. These are: Birmingham, Bristol (PLS only), Cambridge (PLS only), Chichester (PLS only), Gatwick (BLS only) Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle (PLS only), Sheffield and Southampton.

  • What locations are training contracts available at?

    You can do a training contract or Legal Work Placement at one of 11 UK locations:

    • Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton (PLS and BLS)
    • Bristol, Cambridge, Chichester, Newcastle (PLS only)
    • Gatwick (BLS only).

  • If unsuccessful can I apply again next year?

    Yes, we are happy to receive applications from previous applicants.

  • Is it possible to choose which seats I do?

    We will discuss your preference with you and try to meet any requests. However, the exact number of seats available at any given time is driven by the needs of the business and our focus in placing trainees is on where there are likely to be roles on qualification.

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  • Is there an age limit for applications?

    Absolutely not! We encourage applications from graduates and undergraduates of all ages.

  • What are the firm's minimum academic requirements?

    We're looking for candidates who can demonstrate a range of skills. Academic ability is one indicator of potential success, but we 'blind-screen' your application to give everyone the same chance. This means we don't see your academic results or the university you attended when screening your application. At Irwin Mitchell, we believe in the diversity of our business. It's because of this that we consider applications from candidates who may not have strong A-Levels or a 2:1 degree or above, but are still able to show exceptional skills and capabilities.

  • What are the stages of the application process?

    The process begins with an application form. If you're successful at this stage, we'll invite you to complete a video interview. If you continue to impress us, you'll then be invited to an assessment centre at one of our offices – which is the final stage if you're applying via the training contract only route. If you opt for the Legal Work Placement route, you'll spend two weeks working for us in either June or July, where you can get to know us better, show us how great you are and demonstrate why you should be given a training contract.

  • What is the closing date for training contract applications?

    The closing date for 2022 training contract only applications is 30 June 2020.

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  • What is the trainee solicitor salary?

    First year salary

    Regional £26,500

    London £38,000

    Second year salary

    Regional £28,500

    London £40,000

  • What skills do I need to apply?

    We look for creative thinkers, innovators and people with ambition, focus and determination. You will also need to be meticulous, with a good eye for detail and have the ability to build strong relationships with your colleagues and clients.

  • When and where will the assessment centres take place?

    All assessment centres are held in the office you've applied to join. Assessment centres for the Legal Work Placement will take place in March 2020, and training contract assessment centres will take place in September 2020.

  • Which office will I be working in if I am successful?

    As part of your application, you'll choose which office you'd like to be based in. Please note, we don't accept multiple applications specifying different offices – you must choose your office and apply for that one.

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Our Training Contracts and Legal Work Placements are strictly limited to the very best candidates every year. Click through to our online application form to apply for your place.

2020 Legal Work Placements – Applications open on 1st November 2019

2022 Training Contracts only – Applications open on 1st November 2019

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