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Vacation Schemes (London & Hong Kong)
Winter deadline: 31/10/2018
Summer deadline: 18/01/2019
Eligibility: 2nd year Law / 3rd year non-law/ Graduates
Training Contracts (London, Manchester & Hong Kong)
Eligibility: 2nd year Law / 3rd year non-law/ Graduates
London Insight Scheme
Eligibility: 1st year law / 2nd year non-law
London Open Day
Eligibility: All university students, any degree/stage
London Career Kick-Start Work Experience Programme
Eligibility: Year 12 students only
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner work on a rolling recruitment basis so we encourage applicants to submit an application early, if you leave applying for the role on the date of the deadline your application maybe overlooked. Typically we open for applications from September - January for our Vacation Schemes (this includes the opportunity to interview for a Training Contract) and September - May for our Training Contracts.
We do not recruit on a rolling basis for the Manchester and Hong Kong Training Contract. Once the deadline has passed in May we will invite successful candidates to an assessment centre.
Lastly, good luck from all of us, whatever stage you are at in your studies and/or application process.
The application process for vacation schemes and training contracts is outlined below:
We are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions. If you consider yourself to have a disability or a long-term health condition, please feel able to be open about this at any point during the recruitment process and our graduate recruitment team will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process. Please contact Alex Roots, Graduate Recruitment Advisor on Alex.Roots@bclplaw.com to have a confidential conversation.
Our online application form includes a section which allows you to advise us of any extenuating circumstances that are relevant for us to consider when reviewing your application form. We also use Rare Contextual Recruitment System when screening applications to increase greater diversity of backgrounds at entry level.
If you’d like to discuss anything with a member of the team further, feel free to email: email@example.com or call: +44(0)20 3400 1000
We have compiled a list of FAQs that we hope you find useful.
If your query is not still answered, please do not hesitate to contact someone from the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
During peak season, we aim to reply within five working days.
What is the assessment process for training contract/vacation scheme applications?
The process for training contract and vacation scheme applications is the same. We ask that you submit an online application form (please go to our Apply section to access this form). You are then sent a link to complete an online aptitude test, you have 5 days to complete this. You can access your test at any time by logging on to your homepage of the application. During the application form you will be asked to answer questions regarding your career motivation, why you have the skills to be a good solicitor, why you wish to work here and questions that demonstrate your commercial awareness and robustness.
If you are successful at this stage, we will then invite you to an assessment centre. The assessment will typically run from 09.30am until 15:00pm and will include a drafting exercise, a business style roleplay, a team-based negotiation exercise and an interview.
If you are applying for a training contract in Manchester, you are not eligible to apply for a vacation scheme in London. The application process for Manchester is the same as above.
You can apply for a Vacation Scheme in conjunction with a Training Contract in Hong Kong. You must complete an online application and the verbal reasoning test. The assessment centres in Hong Kong are the same as above excluding a negotiation exercise.
If you are successful at the assessment centre and are applying for a vacation scheme, we will then offer you a place. During the scheme you will have the opportunity to have a final round training contract interview. If you applying for a training contract directly and are successful at the assessment centre stage, we will then invite you back in to our office for a final round training contract interview.
I would like to practice the online aptitude test ahead of completing the real test - is this possible?
Yes. Once you complete your online application form, you will be sent an automatic email which includes the link to the online aptitude test. When you click the link you will be asked if you wish to try the example questions first.
Please note: If you wish to try the practice questions, but then do not want to proceed to the real test, please make sure you click "Abort" and do not just close the browser. If you close the browser, you will not be able to go back into the test. If you would like to try some more practice questions, please click on the following link: https://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests/. The test you need to click is the online verbal reasoning test.
How many training contract vacancies do you have?
London 2021/22 - 35 places
Manchester 2021/22 - 4 places
Hong Kong 2021/22 - 4 places
I have a 2.2 and/or lower than 340 UCAS points. Is it worth my time applying?
We are proud to be using the Rare Contextual Recruitment System for this recruitment year. This system has enabled us to embed social mobility measures and educational data into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand your achievements, particularly if you narrowly fall short of the stated criteria.
We do accept applications from candidates who fall short of the academic criteria and are sympathetic to those that have mitigating circumstances.
Do you favour applications from any particular universities?
No, we welcome applications from graduates of any discipline and from any university. Our current trainee population studied at 31 different universities.
If my vacation scheme application is unsuccessful, can I apply for a training contract?
If your vacation scheme application is unsuccessful we will not reconsider you for a training contract in the same year; however this does not restrict you from reapplying the following recruitment season. The recruitment season opens in September.
What do I do if I am unsuccessful during the application process?
If you are unsuccessful during the application process and wish to reapply you can do so in the next recruitment season. In the meantime, we encourage you to spend some time strengthening your application and acting on any feedback provided. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer feedback at application stage, however if you have attended an assessment centre with us, please request feedback and we will find a time for a 10 minute feedback call.
How many times can I apply for a vacation scheme and/or training contract?
We do not have a limit on how many times a candidate can apply to us. Candidates who have been rejected at assessment centre for a vacation scheme are not eligible to apply for a direct training contract in the same recruitment year. If you are to apply multiple times, we would expect that you reflect on your previous application and ways in which you can improve going forward. In addition we would want to see that you have progressed since your previous application, this may include work experience, further study and performance at assessment centre.
What should I do if I am already qualified in another country?
If you are already qualified in another country you may be able to take the QLTS in order to be able to practice in the UK. Please refer to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's website at www.sra.org.uk to find out more.
I require the application form in an alternative format, what do I do?
Please contact our graduate recruitment team, on +44(0)20 3400 1000 or email@example.com. When contacting us please provide details of the format you require.
What is the induction like when I start my training contract?
The induction programme is held during the two weeks before you start your first seat; you will be trained in using the firm’s IT systems and library resources, develop your understanding of the firm, the different practice areas, support services and the trainee role through a variety of presentations and workshops. Our trainees are recruited with the view that they are the future of the firm, therefore you will also take part in a bespoke 3-day career development course which will not only help you make a quick transition to trainee solicitor, but will also endow you with the necessary skills and know-how for your legal career.
What other training will I receive during my training contract?
During each seat you will attend trainee-specific technical training sessions designed and led by our own know-how and fee-earning lawyers. In addition, you will be expected to complete the Practice Skills Course as required by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority. The course is made up of a series of modules carefully selected by our Learning and Development team to provide you with relevant, practical skills that serve the firm's practice areas, and in turn, you.
What other support is available to me during my training contract?
Throughout the period leading up to the start of your training contract and also throughout your two year training the graduate recruitment team are always on hand to assist in any way. In addition you will receive day-to-day support from your supervisor, who you will most likely share an office with. Furthermore all trainees are allocated a Partner mentor who will help advise you settle into the firm, advise you on your seat choices and guide you through the qualification process.
How do you organise the Professional Skills Course?
The PSC is organised and run in-house by our own training team supported by external trainers and is ongoing throughout the training contract.
When will I choose my seats, and can I choose the ones I want?
Halfway into each seat we encourage you to meet with your Partner Mentor to discuss your training contract to date, and going forward. This conversation will prepare you for our one-on-one meeting with a member of the firm's Graduate Recruitment and Development team where you discuss your seat preferences and which seats might be best suited to help you reach your career ambitions. We always ask for trainee seat preferences and we endeavor to meet these; on average 85% of our trainees will receive their first or second preference each seat. You should expect to complete a seat in both real estate and corporate finance and, in line with the Solicitor's Regulation Authority's requirements, undertake contentious work. This can be satisfied either by doing a litigation seat or a non-litigation seat with contentious aspects.
Are there any opportunities for secondments or working abroad whilst I am training?
We also offer secondment opportunities to our Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow and Singapore offices. There may be occasions during your time in the London office where you may get the chance to travel internationally to meet or work with our clients. In addition, we regularly send trainees to our clients on secondments within the UK.
What opportunities are there to use language skills?
Our international business has doubled in the last 5 years and as a result foreign languages are highly sought after.
What are the minimum qualifications needed to apply?
You must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C or above including English and Maths, and 240 UCAS points (or equivalent) excluding General Studies.
What is the recruitment process?
If your application meets our criteria, you will be invited to have a short telephone interview or face to face interview with the recruitment team from BCLP. If you perform well at this stage, you will be invited to an Assessment Centre at our offices in central Manchester.
Our Assessment Centres typically comprise of a number of exercises which will include a group exercise, written exercises and a formal interview. You will also get the opportunity to chat to some of our current Legal Apprentices on a more informal basis.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and motivated about commencing their career in law. Individuals with great communication and organisational skills as well as the ability to work to tight deadlines and as part of an ever-growing team will thrive in our firm.
Where will I be working?
As a Legal Apprentice, you will be embedded into one of our fee-earning teams who provide quality transactional support on a wide range of some of BCLP’s most important client matters. In Manchester we work closely with our London colleagues in an innovative and client-focused way and our legal teams adopt new ways of working in a cutting edge manner.
What will I be doing?
Reporting to a Senior Associate or Team Leader, you’ll provide first-class legal support on top-quality legal work and will have the opportunity to build some great legal experience for some of the best known business brands in the world.
You’ll be supporting our Associates and Paralegals on a wide range of transactions for Real Estate, Corporate Finance, Commercial, Banking and other practice groups. You may be conducting document reviews or contributing to the development of legal processes or other continuous improvement activities. You’ll spend four days a week in the office focusing on your on-the-job learning.
When will I be studying?
You will have regular weekly teaching either remotely through BPP’s Online Classroom Live technology or through face-to-face sessions with tutors. We provide one day a week of paid study time in order to ensure that you can focus plenty of time on your learning and we would expect that you will also be committed to spending some of your own time studying.
What qualification will I receive?
You will be studying for the Paralegal Apprenticeship and can achieve the academic award of a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) awarded by BPP University. If you successfully complete your Paralegal Apprenticeship and the Certificate of Higher Education, and choose to continue with the Solicitor Apprenticeship, you will gain an exemption from year 1 of the Solicitor Apprenticeship on the proviso that you have chosen Contract Law as an elective module.
What will my starting salary be?
On commencement of the apprenticeship with us, your starting salary will be £15,500. You will also receive a suite of competitive benefits.
Do we have a preferred LPC provider?
Future trainees follow our firm-specific LPC (the "LLM+") at the University of Law, Moorgate or The University of Law in Manchester.
I have already completed the LPC at another institution - will this affect my chances of obtaining a training contract?
Not at all, plenty of candidates apply for training contracts having already completed the LPC. If you have already completed your LPC before you apply, we will not ask for you to complete the tailored LLM+.
Do I have any choice over the electives I do on the LLM+?
The second semester is tailored and electives will focus on our core areas of corporate, finance, real estate, litigation and tax. All our future trainees will follow the same courses.
Do we have a preferred GDL provider?
We request that our future trainees complete the GDL course at any University of Law branch.
Do we pay for someone to study the GDL and/or LPC?
BCLP meet all fees associated with both the GDL and LPC if you have not started or completed your studies when being offered and accepting a training contract. We do not pay course fees retrospectively.
Do we offer a maintenance grant?
We offer a maintenance grant of £7,200 per annum for both the GDL and LPC years.
Who do I contact if I need assistance during the recruitment process or if attending an event?
Please contact our graduate recruitment team, on +44(0)20 3400 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When contacting us please provide details of your adjustment needs.
What efforts will the firm make to keep in contact with me during my studies?
All future trainees are allocated a trainee “buddy” who along with the graduate recruitment team is available to answer any queries you may have before starting your training contract. You will also be invited to any firmwide events, trainee committee socials and asked if you would like to join one of our many societies or sports teams. You will be updated on any news and developments at the firm via email.
Is it possible to defer my start date for 6/9 months?
We assess each request on an individual basis. Please contact the graduate recruitment team to discuss at email@example.com.
What are the current trainee and NQ salaries?
First year trainees have a salary of £40,000 increasing to £45,000 in their second year. Upon qualification the salary increases to £70,000.
In Manchester your starting salary is £27,000 increasing to £30,000 in your second year.