Law Graduate Scheme
We have a fantastic opportunity for recent law graduates, as we are continuously looking to recruit excellent individuals, to join our team.
We currently recruit 3 to 4 trainees each year. We welcome applications from students who intend to take the conversion course following their degree, as well as those who have studied law, with a strong academic background and at least a 2.1 honours degree.
In considering applications we take account of academic achievements and the standard of degree likely to be obtained but also a genuine desire for a career in the profession and an interest in working and living locally. We place great importance on good interpersonal skills in the context of both the workplace and client care.
We are looking for trainees who combine intellectual ability with practical common sense. Our aim is to continue to recruit trainees who upon qualification will wish to continue as valued members of the firm.
The training given at Paris Smith LLP is highly regarded by the Law Society’s assessors.
Our trainees spend 6 months in 4 seats choosing from corporate and commercial, commercial property and planning, conveyancing, family, tax trusts and wills and dispute resolution. This is flexible and is tailored as far as possible to each individual trainee. The training principal supervises the trainees and they are encouraged to give regular feedback as to training. The firm as a whole operates an open door policy and trainees and work experience students often comment on our informal, friendly and approachable culture at all levels of the firm.
As soon as a trainee joins us they are considered a full member of the firm. Trainees are involved in client matters as fully as possible and are expected to undertake work under supervision assuming increasing responsibility as training progresses. We aim to ensure that trainees learn to apply their knowledge on a practical basis.
Our trainees are given wide experience including meeting clients, dealing with Counsel, technical experts and other lawyers, attending court, drafting and research. At Paris Smith LLP we ensure that our trainees have access to an extensive library and on-line research facilities in the same way as all other lawyers. Trainees are entitled to study leave for examinations when undergoing the ongoing training required by the Law Society during a training contract.
We suggest that your application states the year in which you are applying to start a training contract, but if appropriate also states that you could join us earlier.