Training Contract Application Deadlines

You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and training contract application forward.

There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over the following deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.

Last but not least: good luck, and keep us updated on Twitter!

Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring the following table:

Training Contract Application Deadlines



1 December 2018

Simmons & Simmons (recruited on a first come first served basis from this date)

16 December 2018 Clifford Chance
27 December 2018 Bird & Bird LLP
4 January 2019 CMS (CMS Academy)
6 January 2019 Ashurst LLP (first deadline)
Morrison & Foerster  (see vacation scheme deadline table for more information)
8 January 2019 Squire Patton Boggs  (see vacation scheme deadline table for more information)
10 January 2019 Jones Day (see vacation scheme deadline table for more information)
13 January 2019 Norton Rose Fulbright (finalist and graduates from law and non-law backgrounds)
14 January 2019 Taylor Wessing (see vacation scheme deadline table for more information)
15 January 2019 Mishcon de Reya LLP
  Osborne Clarke LLP
31 January 2019 Bristows LLP (February/March interviews)
  Cooley (UK) LLP
  DAC Beachcroft (for 2020 contracts)
  Hill Dickinson LLP
  Hogan Lovells (non-law and graduates)
  Michelmores LLP (London training contracts 2019 and 2020)
  Roythornes Solicitors
  Taylor Vinters
28 February 2019 Womble Bond Dickinson
15 March 2019 RPC (Bristol, 2020 and 2021 contracts)
31 March 2019 Dentons (non-law applicants)
14 April 2019 Royds Withy King
30 April 2019 Ashfords
6 May 2019 Howard Kennedy (for 2020 contracts)
31 May 2019 Shoosmiths LLP
Kingsley Napley LLP
1 June 2019 Bates Wells
Coffin Mew LLP
  Foot Anstey LLP
28 June 2019 Blaser Mills Law
Burges Salmon LLP
  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  RPC (London)
  Trethowans LLP
30 June 2019 BLM
Bevan Brittan LLP
Bircham Dyson Bell
Birketts LLP
Brabners LLP
  Charles Russell Speechlys
  Irwin Mitchell
  Lester Aldridge LLP
  Michelmores LLP
  Reed Smith LLP
Russell-Cooke LLP
  Ward Hadaway
  Wedlake Bell LLP
  Wilsons Solicitors LLP
5 July 2019 DWF LLP
14 July 2019 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
Latham & Watkins
  Norton Rose Fulbright (penultimate year law undergraduates)
 15 July 2019 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
15 July 2019 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
  Watson Farley & Williams
17 July 2019 Covington & Burling LLP
22 July 2019 Leathes Prior
Sidley Austin LLP
26 July 2019 Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (by 5.00pm; for 2020 contracts)
31 July 2019 Addleshaw Goddard
  Ashurst LLP (second deadline)
  Bristows LLP (August interviews)
  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  Dentons (law applicants)
  Farrer & Co
  Forsters LLP
  Hogan Lovells (law)
  Ince & Co
  K&L Gates LLP
  Macfarlanes LLP
  Mayer Brown International LLP
  Memery Crystal LLP
Milbank LLP
  Mills & Reeve LLP
  Payne Hicks Beach
  Penningtons Manches LLP
  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
  Stephenson Harwood
  TLT Solicitors LLP
  Travers Smith LLP
  Vinson & Elkins RLLP
  White & Case LLP (September 2021/March 2022)
17 August 2019 Maples Teesdale LLP (for 2020 contracts)
31 December 2019

Kennedys Law LLP

February 2020

Thrings LLP

See website/contact firm Baker McKenzie
  Burness Paull LLP
  Dechert LLP
  Slaughter and May
  Stephens Scown LLP