Annual Legal Trainee Scheme

Government Legal Profession Government Legal Profession

  • City Law Firms
  • Leeds, London

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In July 2018, 75 legal trainee positions will be advertised, primarily for those looking to start their training contract/pupillage in September 2020 but with a number of positions available for those looking to start sooner, i.e.  in September 2019.

The vacancies will be available within the following departments:

• Government Legal Department (GLD)

• HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

• Competition Markets & Authority (CMA)

• National Crime Agency (NCA)

These central government departments will provide high quality and interesting training. Over the two year training period you will experience a broad range of government legal work, much of which will be unique and high profile.

 As a valued member of a government legal team, you will have an active role to play in casework. You will liaise with government ministers, senior policy makers and counsel. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the legislative process itself.

The specific format of your training contract or pupillage 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 their pupillage period between the department and Chambers; and the remainder of the training period will be spent within the department.

If your application is successful, departments will pay your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees in full provided you have not yet started either course. Where the course has begun, departments will pay your fees for the remainder of the course.

Departments aim to offer all those recruited as legal trainees a permanent qualified lawyer post on successful completion of the training period.

Entry Requirments

You must meet the Civil Service nationality requirements.

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

[If you hold a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) or have satisfied the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) academic stage requirements via ‘equivalent means’, you will be eligible to apply.]

We recruit 2 years in advance. This means that after applying to us in July 2018, you have a maximum of 2 years to complete your undergraduate degree and any postgraduate courses such as the GDL, LPC or BPTC.

  • If you are currently studying for a law degree, you cannot apply any earlier than the penultimate year of your degree.
  • If you are currently studying for a non-law degree or are a Scots law student, you cannot apply any earlier than your final year of study.

If you have already graduated, you are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from people who graduated some time ago as well as those recently graduating.