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.

    Expert Supervision & Support  |  Quality Work  |  Early Client Contact  |  Broad Experience  |  Clear Progression Path

    Solicitor 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.

    During the two-year training contract, 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. We endeavour to assign seats according to candidate preference whilst balancing this against business needs. We will ensure that allocated seats are complementary to ensure you gain the maximum benefit for your longer-term career.

    How we will support you

    To ensure you achieve the best results during your training contract, you will have a wealth of support at your fingertips including: 

         - Supervising Partner

         - Training Principal

         - HR & Early Careers Manager

         - Trainee buddy

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    Training Contract Sponsorship

    We typically offer five training contract places each year and sponsor those through SQE/LPC where necessary. 

    Applying for our Training Contract

    Applications for our Solicitor training contract for our 2024/2025 trainee intake are now closed. If shortlisted, you will be invited to our Assessment Centre. Our next window for trainee applications will open Autumn 2024.  

    Training Contract Eligibility

    We continue to run a parallel intake of LPC and SQE candidates and invite applications from candidates pursuing both routes to qualification. All future trainees will be required to have completed either the LPC or the SQE1 and SQE2 exams prior to joining the firm to undertake your 2 years’ qualifying work experience (QWE).

    To apply for a training contract, you will need to either be in your final year of study of a law degree or non-law degree, or have already graduated. 

    We typically encourage applications from those with a 2:1 Degree and who have connections to the South-West. We consider all applications on their individual merits and will consider any mitigating circumstances, please reach out to our Recruitment and Early Careers team with any queries in relation to this on 


    Legal Apprenticeships 

    At Porter Dodson we are committed to nurturing talent and providing opportunities for individuals to develop their skills and expertise in the legal profession. Our apprenticeship programme is designed to offer a structured pathway for aspiring solicitors to embark on a fulfilling career journey within our Firm. 

    Our legal apprenticeship programme offers individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience, valuable skills, and a recognised qualification while working within our legal environment. We offer two types of apprenticeships: Solicitor Apprenticeships & Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeships: Designed for ambitious individuals aiming to qualify as solicitors through a structured apprenticeship program. 

    Apprenticeship Programme Duration

    Solicitor Apprenticeship (non-graduates)

    This is a rigorous and structured programme of six and a half years, providing the opportunity qualify as a solicitor. Apprentices will undertake the Solicitor Apprentice Standard Level 7 and work towards the LLB and SQE exams. 

    Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship (degree holders)

    This 2 years and 3-month programme (27 months) is designed for applicants who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and prepares them for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, Parts 1 & 2. Upon successful completion, subject to SRA Character & Suitability test, apprentices will become a qualified lawyer ready for day 1 as a qualified solicitor.

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    Training Provider and Study Arrangements

    Our apprenticeship programme is conducted in partnership with the University of Law, a leading provider of legal education and training. Apprentices will have the opportunity to study remotely, accessing a range of resources and support provided by the university working in close collaboration with the Early Careers Manager and Training Principal.

    Apprentices will work four days a week within our firm, gaining hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced legal professionals who have completed the Trainee Supervisor training course. On the fifth day, apprentices will engage in remote study, completing coursework and assessments as set out by the University of Law.

    What are we looking for?

    We are looking for those who have obtained a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) for the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship. For the Solicitor Apprenticeship we are asking for minimum A-Level grades BBB or equivalent.
    If you have not achieved your expected grades and have extenuating circumstances or if you received a contextualised offer at university, please make a note of this on your application so we may consider your application further. 

    What is the recruitment process?

    Following the initial application review and phone interview, shortlisted candidates will be invited to carry out a remote, timed written exercise and successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre interview. The assessment centre is designed to assess candidates' suitability for the apprenticeship program based on various criteria, including:

    •    Analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.
    •    Communication and interpersonal skills.
    •    Motivation and commitment to a career in law.
    •    Ability to work effectively within a team.

    How to Apply

    Applications our now open for our September 2024 intake. To apply for the apprenticeship programme candidates are required to submit their applications online via the Apply Now button below. The application should include:

    •    A comprehensive CV detailing academic qualifications, work experience, and any relevant achievements.
    •    A cover letter which will detail your motivation for pursuing an apprenticeship, and specifically with Porter Dodson, an area of law you are most interested in, your proudest achievement and your career aspirations in the legal field.

    View our Apprenticeship vacancy here



    Key Dates for your Diary

    Legal Apprenticeship Applications Open – Wednesday 1st May 2024
    Legal Apprenticeship Applications Close – Monday 3rd June 2024
    University of Law Bristol Recruitment Fair - Monday 3rd June 2024
    Apprenticeship Assessment Centre Interviews - Tuesday 9th July 2024



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