• Competitive

First year open days 2020

Addleshaw Goddard

  • Salary

  • Type of firm

    International Law Firms

  • Location

    Glasgow, Edinburgh

  • Vacancies

  • Deadline


We are a premium international law firm with an exceptional breadth of services. Our reputation for outstanding quality is built upon long-term relationship investment and a deep understanding of client markets. This, together with our high-calibre expertise, straight-talking advice and collaborative team culture, means we are here for our clients, whenever and however they need us; from everyday queries to high-value strategic advice, we are proud of the consistently excellent, relevant and focussed service our people provide.

We are also proud to be an FT Innovative Lawyers Award winner, which recognises our pioneering approach to legal services. We call it our Intelligent Delivery approach, because it brings more efficiency, and more value, to our clients. 

All professions need to change with the times. And we always consider what this means for the lawyers of tomorrow. We are constantly working on innovative ways for our staff to learn, develop and train. 

Join us, and wherever you are based, you will work side-by-side with blue chip clients in a supportive-yet-challenging environment. This is a structured training programme, and it is designed with your future success in mind.

Who should apply

We require ABB at A level,. But what will really open doors to an outstanding career here is the real you. At Addleshaw Goddard, we’re looking for original minds and collaborative spirits alongside motivation, drive and commercial awareness. We’re constantly delighted by the diverse backgrounds of our best lawyers, and we’re open to law and non-law graduates alike, as well as those looking to change career. 

First year open days 2020

If you’re a first-year student interested in a career with us, whatever you’re studying, you can come to one of our open days and get to know us a bit better. As well as meeting people from across the business, you’ll get practical advice on what firms look for and how to make your application stand out.

Law students
You can apply for a training contract and/or placement scheme with us from the beginning of your second year onwards.
Non-law students
Our lawyers come from a variety of different backgrounds, each one bringing a fresh perspective that allows us to deliver all-round expertise across our many practice areas. We accept applications from students in their final year of a degree other than Law for our training contract and/or placement schemes. We pay fees for GDL students in full at any campus.

When and how to apply

Applications for a place on our first year open day 2019 open on 1 October 2019 and close on 5 January 2020. Please apply through our website.

Open days will be held on:

  • Manchester - 19 March 2020

  • Leeds - 17 March 2020

  • London - 23 March 2020

  • Edinburgh – 26 March 2020

Diversity at Addleshaw Goddard

We have created a high-performance culture that is inclusive, supportive and which thrives on individuality, personality and team spirit. We expect the best of each other and we want everyone to succeed, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived difference.

Our diversity programme is represented at the most senior level of our business by our board sponsor. It is run by a dedicated Human Resources (HR) team, partner sponsors and volunteers from across the business. We have organised our approach around three key strands of diversity, focusing on gender, social mobility and ethnicity, but we also provide comprehensive support for parents and carers, run an ongoing mental health and wellbeing awareness campaign, and have a flourishing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) network.

Everyone’s needs are unique. And that means agile working is key. We want to enable a greater work-life balance for everyone, not just those with caring responsibilities.

We have been consistently recognised for our commitment to diversity over the years. In our sector’s 2019 awards season, our diversity programme has achieved the following external recognition:


  • The Times, Top 50 Employers for Women;

  • HR in Law Awards, Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative (firms with over 750 employees including partners);

  • Legal Week Innovation Awards, Mindful Business Charter (recognition) and HR Innovation (winner).


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