Annual Legal Trainee Scheme

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  • Leeds, London

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In July 2020 the Government Legal Profession (GLP)  will be advertising around 60 Legal Trainee  positions (i.e. training contracts and pupillages). The closing date for applications will be around late July 2020.

The training contracts and pupillages on offer will primarily be for those looking to start their training in September 2022 but there are also likely to be a number of positions available for those looking to start sooner, e.g.  in September 2021.

The Legal Trainee places are expected to be available within the following government departments:

 · Government Legal Department

· Government Legal Department – Commercial Law      Group

· HM Revenue and Customs

· Competition and Markets Authority

· National Crime Agency

The majority of the positions will be based in London. However,  a small number of trainee solicitor positions being offered by GLD  will be based in Leeds.

The training period for all Legal Trainees (i.e. both trainee solicitors and pupil barristers) will last 2 years. During this time you will experience a broad range of interesting and high profile government legal work. As a valued member of a government legal team, you will have an active role to play in casework. You may liaise with government ministers, senior policy makers and counsel. And you may also have the opportunity to participate in the legislative process itself.

The specific format of your training will vary according to the department you join. However, as a trainee solicitor, you can expect to work in four different areas of practice ('seats') over a two year period. All legal trainees will have at least one seat in a litigation team and one in an advisory team. Pupil barristers will divide the pupillage period (i.e. first 12 months) between their department and a set of barristers chambers; the remainder of the training period will be spent within their department. 

If your application is successful, departments will generally pay your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees in full provided you have not yet started either course. Unfortunately, funding will not be available for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Departments aim to offer all those recruited as legal trainees a permanent qualified lawyer post on successful completion of the training period, although this can never be guaranteed.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found at the below link:

Entry Requirements

You must meet the Civil Service nationality requirements.

You must also have, or be predicted to obtain, a minimum of a 2:2 in an undergraduate degree. This does not have to be in law. 

Alternatively, the GLP will accept applications from those who hold a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) or the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and from Fellows/Graduates of CILEx who have satisfied the SRA’s academic stage of training. 

Please Note: All applicants will need to have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable), the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) before starting their training contract or pupillage.

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