Training Contract Deadlines

This is our ultimate training contract deadlines guide for law students who are looking to start their legal careers as trainee solicitors.

Congratulations, you are about to start your legal career! One of the first steps that you need to take is to narrow down which law firms you want to work for. You have to know which type of firm you’d like to work at, be it a magic circle giant like Clifford Chance, an international firm like Dentons, a national firm like Irwin Mitchell, or a regional superstar like Minster Law, or a high street firm. You need to complete thorough research and get to know what each law firm is about, what perks they have, and how can they help you develop your skills as a trainee solicitor. Firms’ websites should provide you with basic research material.

It may be wise to consult this training contract deadlines calendar and make a note of when the deadlines are for your target law firms. Allow yourself ample time to complete each application. Try to submit fewer applications and focus on the quality of your responses rather than the number of applications.

Keep in mind that some law firms’ graduate recruitment departments review applications on a rolling basis, others only start after the deadline. This can play a big role as to when you need to apply to a specific firm. If law firms recruit on a rolling basis, it may be wise to apply early in the cycle. Also, remember that some firms restrict penultimate year university students from direct training contract applications and rather prefer final year students or graduates.

It is possible that law firms might change their training contract deadlines, please consult this page for up-to-date information as well as law firms’ websites.

Below you will find upcoming deadlines for law training contracts starting in 2022, 2023, and 2024. It is common practice to apply years in advance of the start date of your training contract. Although most firms accept direct training contract applications some firms strictly hire trainee solicitors from their vacation schemes. Our training contract calendar reflects both situations.

Training Contracts to Commence in 2022

A chart that describes training contract deadlines that are on rolling basis and the one that are on non-rolling basis
Application Deadline DateLaw Firm
24 September 2021Harrowells
30 September 2021Accutrainee


Davies and Partners

Rosling King

28 November 2021 Talbot Walker
30 November 2021Bird & Bird


Greenberg Traurig

Lawrence Stephens Limited

30 December 2021Helix Law Ltd
31 December 2021Allington Hughes Law



Debenhams Ottaway



28 January 2022Brown Rudnick
30 January 2022Greenaway Scott
31 January 2022Abrahams Dresden


BHW Solicitors

Collas Crill

Geldards LLP

Joelson JD LLP

Oury Clark Solicitors

28 February 2022Bridge McFarland
31 March 2022Mincoffs Solicitors


Punch Robson

SA Law

2 April 2022 Tinsdills
30 April 2022Berry & Lamberts Solicitors


Tinklin Springall

1 May 2022Humphries Kirk
31 May 2022Curzon Green Solicitors

Training Contracts to Commence in 2023

It is unlikely that law firms will change deadlines for the 2023 trainee solicitor intake. If you are planning to start a training contract in 2023 you need to make sure that you have completed the Legal Practice Course. It is advisable that you complete the LPC within one year of the start date of your training contract.

A photo that reminds law students about training contract deadlines in the UK
Application Deadline DateLaw Firm
3 October 2021Capital Law
31 October 2021McGuireWoods London
24 December 2021CMS
25 December 2021Clifford Chance
31 December 2021Kennedys


Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Sills & Betteridge

4 January 2022Mills & Reeve
30 January 2022 Fieldfisher
31 January 2022Beale & Co


Farleys Solicitors

Fox Williams

mfg Solicitors


28 February 2022Leigh Day
1 March 2022Machins Solicitors



31 March 2022 Clarion Solicitors


Whitehead Monckton

6 April 2022Garden House Solicitors
9 April 2022Howard Kennedy
30 April 2022FBC Manby Bowdler


Morrisons Solicitors

Stone King

1 May 2022Foot Anstey
14 May 2022Kingsley Napley
31 May 2022B P Collins



Peters & Peters

Steele Raymond

1 June 2022Kuit Steinart Levy
30 June 2022Birkett Long


Blandy & Blandy


Field Seymour Parkes

Fried Frank


Thackray Williams

Wilsons Solicitors


8 July 2022Collyer Bristow
15 July 2022Cripps Pemberton Greenish
29 July 2022Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
31 July 2022Anthony Gold Solicitors


Atherton Godfrey

Dawson Cornwell

Devonshires Solicitors

Greenwoods GRM



Palmers Solicitors

PDT Solicitors

Tollers Solicitors

Warner Goodman

31 August 2022Hanne & Co Solicitors


Hawkswell Kilvington Ltd

Ward Gethin Archer

31 October 2022Jordans
5 December 2022Carter Lemon Camerons
11 December 2022Gaby Hardwicke

Training Contracts to Commence in 2024

Since the start date for these training contracts is in the near future, some law firms may change their deadlines. Check this page for the most up-to-date information. If you are planning on starting your training contract in 2024, you need to make sure that you have completed the LPC. You won’t be able to begin your training without having that qualification.

Application Deadline DateLaw Firm
9 December 2021Clifford Chance



2 January 2022Bristows


Gibson Dunn

Irwin Mitchell

4 January 2022Mills & Reeve
6 January 2022Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
15 January 2022Osborne Clarke
24 January 2022Gateley
31 January 2022Charles Russell Speechlys


Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

18 February 2022Russell-Cooke
13 March 2022RPC
24 April 2022BLM
30 April 2022Shoosmiths
20 May 2022Pinsent Masons
23 June 2022Burges Salmon
24 June 2022DWF
26 June 2022Eversheds Sutherland



30 June 2022Fried Frank



Vinson & Elkins

10 July 2022Kirkland & Ellis


Norton Rose Fulbright

14 July 2022Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
15 July 2022White & Case
25 July 2022Macfarlanes
31 July 2022Addleshaw Goddard


Goodwin Procter

Mills & Reeve

Penningtons Manches Cooper

Weil Gotshal & Manges

  • text1

    Training Contract Deadline

    31 May 2022

    Learn More
  • text1

    Summer Vacation Scheme Deadline

    31 January 2022

    Learn More
  • text1

    Hong Kong Summer Vacation Scheme Deadline

    31 January 2022

    Learn More