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It is important to apply for a law training contract early to avoid missing solicitor training contract application deadlines for the law firms you wish to apply to. When you are choosing which law firm training contract you want to apply for, you will need to consider the following:

  • Whether you want to apply for a traditional law firm training contract or a solicitor training contract with an in-house legal department.
  • Whether you are interested in a legal training contract in a commercial, criminal or High Street practice.
  • The size and location of the law firms or organisations that you are submitting law training contract applications to.

Your legal training contract will last for two years, so you need to make sure that you are applying to law firms or organisations that suit your career goals, lifestyle and your personality. This will help you to get the most out of your law training experience. For more information on the training contract application process, see our dedicated ‘Training Contract Applications’ guide.

When Do Training Contract Applications Open?

Most law firms look to fill their training contract placements two years in advance. You should aim to apply for your legal training contract by May or June of your penultimate year at university – if you are a law student. If you are a non-law student, you should apply in your final year.

Training Contract Deadlines Table

Please note, while these training contract deadlines are maintained to the best of our ability, we always recommend checking deadline dates on the relevant law firm website.

Study RouteWhen to Apply
Three-year qualifying law degreeSecond year of study
Three-year non-law degreeThird year of study
Four-year qualifying law degreeThird year of study
Four-year non-law degreeFourth year of study


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