A Top 200 and Legal 500 regional law firm with seven offices across the South West, Porter Dodson knows that its people are its biggest asset and invests heavily in the development and retention of those who aspire to qualify and progress within the Firm’s motivational culture of support.


    This year we will continue to run a parallel intake of LPC and SQE candidates, so invite applications from candidates pursuing both routes to qualification.

    Note that you will be required to have completed the SQE 1 exams prior to joining the firm to undertake your 2 years qualifying work experience (QWE).

    We encourage applications from those with excellent academics and who have connections to the South West. 

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    The Training Contract

    We still encourage four seat rotations for training contracts, which are designed to provide a wide breadth of experience, and opportunities ranging from Corporate Commercial, Residential and Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution, Family, and Private Client. You will be exposed to all aspects of work within each training area, working with lawyers who are experts in their field and a supervising partner who will support your learning and development. Although we endeavour to assign seats according to candidate preference this is not always possible, but we will ensure that allocated seats are complementary to ensure you gain the maximum benefit for your longer-term career.


    Porter Dodson sponsors five trainees each year through to qualification (although it may be possible to offer more than five training contracts).

    Legal Apprenticeships

    Porter Dodson also accepts two apprentices every year, offering one apprenticeship for law (or equivalent) graduates and one for non-graduates. Apprentices will spend 80% of their time in one of the firm’s seven offices and 20% off-site at the University of Law. A minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) is expected for the firm’s Solicitor Graduate Apprenticeship. For the Solicitor Apprenticeship, applicants will be expected to have a minimum of five GCSEs (grades A-C or 4-9 including Maths and English) and three A Levels (Grade B or above).


    Porter Dodson is hosting a Trainee Assessment Day on the 21st February 2024 with a view to its 2024/25 trainee intake. Anyone interested in applying should complete the online application form at the bottom of this page. Applications should be submitted no later than 12th January 2024.

    Anyone interested in applying for a legal apprenticeship should do so by contacting recruitment@porterdodson.co.uk

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