‘Our trainees are the life blood of Joelson, many of whom have gone on to have long and distinguished legal careers at our firm. We work hard to make sure that they receive an excellent training with client contact from the very outset of their careers.’
Daniel Swimer, Training Principal
Our trainee solicitors are vital to our future success. We invest time and energy in ensuring that we employ the best candidates and that we provide excellent and varied training. Our retention rate on qualification is high and many of our trainees go on to become senior associates and partners with the firm.
We look for personable, hard-working, tenacious individuals. Here are some answers to questions typically asked:
We are a progressive, dynamic law firm. We pride ourselves on our personal approach to business. Our values are: trust; service; drive; knowledge and expertise; enthusiasm. These values are important to us on a daily basis, both in our internal dealings with colleagues and our external relationships with our clients.
If you join us you will:
How will I be trained?
The two year training contract will normally consist of four ‘seats’ of six months each in different departments. These may include:
You will gain experience in all aspects of being a lawyer including guidance in how to manage your work efficiently. Skills training will cover drafting, negotiation, legal and court procedures and case/transaction management, as well as client care, research and communication.
What support will I receive?
Our Training Principal will have overall responsibility for your training and will guide and mentor you throughout the training contract. You will also have a supervisor in each seat, to oversee your day to day work and support you as you learn. Your supervisor and the partners in your department will ensure that you have a full and varied workload and appropriate skills training.
You will be formally appraised by your supervisor at the end of each seat to review your overall performance and assess the development of your skills.
What are the selection criteria?
We are looking for talented, outgoing individuals who are interested in business as well as being enthusiastic about the law. You will need strong academic credentials including A* – B grades at A Level and at least a 2:1 degree in Law or another academic subject. Some relevant work experience in the legal sector is also recommended.
How do I apply?
The application window for September 2021 training contracts will be 10 March 2020 to 31 January 2021.