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Robots need not apply....

At Charles Russell Speechlys we are a rich and diverse community of individuals who share a common purpose. 

You will not just become another robot; you will be encouraged to challenge yourself in a supportive and rewarding environment. With this in mind, we are looking for intelligent individuals with a real passion for the law, an inquisitive mind, plenty of team spirit and the drive to make your own mark.

Firstly, you will need to meet our minimum criteria. Whether you’re applying for a summer placement scheme or training contract, you must have or be on track for a 2.1 or above, with AAB grades at A Level (or equivalent if applying from overseas).

Secondly, please remember that we usually recruit two years in advance and you must be eligible to start your training contract in the appropriate year we are recruiting for, ie at least in your penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree. 

The deadline to apply for our Summer Placement Scheme is 31 January 2018.

The deadline to apply for a Training Contract is 30 June 2018.

Once you have submitted your application and the deadline has closed, our panel of reviewers will review all applications. Those shortlisted will be asked to take part in a situational judgement test and video interview.

If you have applied for a summer placement scheme and are successful from the video interview, you will then be invited to attend the summer placement scheme. During the scheme you will be required to complete an assessment centre. At the end of the scheme we will review your performance at the assessment centre along with the feedback from your time in the firm and you may be offered a training contract.

If you have applied directly for a training contract and are successful from the video interview, you will then be invited to attend an assessment centre day in August. Our assessment centres include a range of individual and group activities designed to assess the key skills required as a solicitor. These activities include a written exercise and an interview with a Partner and an Associate or member of HR.

At each stage of the process we are able to make reasonable adjustments for those who require it. In these instances you should contact us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

For help on how to succeed at each of our recruitment stages, read our tips for success page.

We will communicate to you the status of your application within one month of the closing date using the email address provided to us on your application form.

If you have any queries that you would like to raise with our HR team, please contact us and we will do our best to help you out.

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Applications for our 2020 Training Contract will open in December 2017. We offer training contracts in the following offices:

  • Cheltenham
  • Guildford
  • London

Come and Meet us

City, University of London Wednesday 11 October 2017
University of Law, Guildford - Employability panel Tuesday 17 October 2017
BPP Cambridge mini law fair Wednesday 18 October 2017
Cambridge "Solicitors Event" Thursday 19 October 2017
Bristol Tuesday 31 October 2017
Oxford Saturday 4 November 2017
Birmingham Wednesday 8 November 2017
Reading Wednesday 8 November 2017
Exeter Wednesday 15 November 2017
Surrey Wednesday 22 November 2017
University of Law, Guildford - "Step into Law" Wednesday 22 November 2017
Durham Wednesday 22 November 2017
BPP - Birmingham Thursday 23 November 2017
BPP - London Thursday 16 November 2017

The London Law Fair at the Law Society

Wednesday 29 November 2017
City Law live Friday 8 December 2017
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