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Job Title Scotland Training Contract 2023
Role Graduate/Intern
Job Location Edinburgh

Clyde & Co has grown to become a leading global law firm in our core sectors. With a headcount of over 5,000 staff operating from over 60 offices and associated offices across six continents, we offer a comprehensive range of legal services and advice to businesses operating at the heart of global trade.

From developed to emerging markets, we aim to support our clients by putting the power of our globally integrated firm at their disposal with a range of seamless and efficient services and the very best, commercially minded, legal advice.

We are committed to being a responsible business which means taking responsibility for the impact we have on the environment and seeking to reduce it as much and as quickly as possible. It means taking responsibility for giving back and being a positive contributor to the communities in which we operate. And it means taking responsibility for fostering a truly diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace so that all our people can flourish and fulfil their highest potential, for the benefit of them, the firm and our clients.

What is a training contract?

A training contract is a two-year placement that is undertaken by trainee solicitors after they complete their Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP)/PEAT1).
Trainees will spend two years working at the firm to obtain their PEAT2, overseen by Senior Solicitors at the firm.

The traineeship is part of the Law Society of Scotland's Professional Education and Training (PEAT) programme:
• PEAT 1: Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
• PEAT 2: Traineeship
The traineeship sees you complete your training within the workplace working under the supervision of a Scottish-qualified solicitor. During your two years as a trainee you will be required to fulfill certain obligations in order to demonstrate you are competent and ready to qualify as a solicitor.

What does the job involve?

As a trainee lawyer, you can expect tasks to be very varied. To keep things simple, here are a list of tasks that you can expect to encounter during your time at Clyde & Co:

  • Legal research
  • Drafting legal reports and advice
  • Drafting documents as part of the litigation process, including witness statements and court pleadings
  • Communicating and meeting with clients
  • Attending court hearings and proofs, taking notes where necessary
  • Undertaking court advocacy
  • Lodging and serving documentation at court and on the other side
  • Document review
  • Preparing documents for proof
  • Examples of trainee duties and responsibilities
  • Assisting case-handlers with active files
  • Handling own case load of lower value or more simple cases
  • Upholding the firm's reputation at external events
  • Developing legal knowledge by attending both internal and external training sessions
  • Managing workload as well as getting involved in pro bono

We are currently recruiting a graduate, who will have already completed their DPLP/PEAT1 and have received all results to work within Clyde & Co's Edinburgh office.

This position is for our 2023 cohort
2:1 degree in any discipline
AAB A-Level or Highers (Mitigating circumstances will be taken into consideration)

We use RARE a contextualised recruitment system to ensure fairness and equality and review applications holistically.

Strengths Based Assessment

During our process we are assessing candidates based on the strengths that will deliver success in a role. This is great for the individual, doing work they love, and great for the employer, having team members who love what they do.

What we offer

We offer a first-year salary of £22,500 , a second-year salary of 24,500 and a post qualification salary from £40,000.

We provided sponsorship including:
- PEAT 1 - Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) fees
- £3,000 maintenance grant

We also provide great benefits including the following:

  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Maternity and paternity pay
  • Holiday purchase
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Fitness and Wellbeing benefit

We'll make sure you have plenty of support throughout your programme - alongside having support from your dedicated supervisor, University of Law skills coach and tutor, you will also have regular one to one session with the early careers team and will be allocated a mentor from one of our newly qualified lawyers, enabling you to get peer-to-peer support and guidance. You can also look forward to a tailored induction programme and on-going internal training designed to ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and commercial acumen you need to become a well-rounded solicitor.

Recruitment Process

  • Complete an online application
  • Digital simulation - consisting of situational assessment & video interview
  • In-person assessment centre
  • Offers and feedback

Please click "Apply Now" below to complete an application.

Please note: You should only apply to one programme per recruitment cycle.