Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to just a few of the questions that we are frequently asked by trainees interested in a training contract at Blake Morgan. 

How do I apply?

All applications must be made via our online application form.  We regret that we cannot accept applications made by any other means.  

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What is the selection process?

The selection process consists of four stages: 

  1. Initial review of applications shortlisted candidates will be invited to a telephone interview with a member of the Graduate Recruitment team
  2. A 15 minute individual presentation and a first round interview with an Associate of the firm and a member of the HR team.
  3. Short-listed candidates will be invited along to a second interview panel
  4. Offers and reserves.

Find out more information about the selection process.

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Do you offer part-time training contracts?

Each application is considered on its merit and as long as each selected candidate meets the required standards we would consider offering a part-time training contract. 

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Is there a minimum degree class for applicants?

We prefer applicants to have a minimum 2:1 at degree level.

We do not automatically dismiss those with a lower qualification.  However, due to the high number of applications we receive each year it may be more difficult to gain a place on our short list.  At Blake Morgan we look for more than just academic achievement and do consider candidates with a 2:2 if they can demonstrate, in their examples, that they have something more to offer, i.e. high-quality work experience within a legal setting.

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I do not have a degree in law, can I still apply?

Yes, Blake Morgan has a diverse workforce and we welcome applicants with wider work experience and education.  You will be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or the Common Professional Examination (CPE) in addition to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) prior to the commencement date of the training contract year for which you are applying.

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What are your minimum requirements with regards to GCSEs/'A' Levels?

GCSE - A-C grades
A Level ABB minimum 

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Does Blake Morgan offer work experience placements?

Work experience placements are only offered to candidates who are applying to the firm for a training contract.  Due to the large number of requests we receive each year, we cannot accommodate placements outside of our graduate vacation scheme.  Read more on our work experience schemes. 

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What is the deadline for applications?

The recruitment process for 2021 training contracts and 2019 vacation schemes will open on 1 November. Closing dates for these are as follows:

  • Training contract with vacation scheme – 1 April 2019
  • Training contract without vacation scheme – 31 May 2019

All applications will be reviewed once the set deadlines have passed.

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Are there any vacancies for 2019 or 2020?

We may have vacancies for earlier start dates so please ensure you confirm your earliest start date accurately on your application form to ensure you are considered.  

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Which electives should I opt for on my LPC?

As Blake Morgan is an all service firm, most electives will benefit you during your training contract with us. 

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Do you offer any financial assistance?

We currently offer financial assistance to help pay for your LPC fees.  Monies will be paid out on the day you commence your training contract with the firm.  The exact amount can be given on request.

We also offer a subsistence grant to assist with the cost of living whilst studying your LPC (please note this is only available to those studying full time and is paid out on the first day of your LPC course).

We currently do not offer financial assistance towards the GDL. 

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How many trainees do you recruit each year?

Our current intake of trainees per year is 12-16.

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What is your policy regarding feedback?

The volumes of applications we receive make it difficult to give individual feedback on initial applications should you be unsuccessful.  Further feedback is available to those who have been unsuccessful at second interview.

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How is the training contract structured at Blake Morgan?

Training is carefully structured and designed to provide variety, responsibility and intellectual challenge. Normally you will have a series of placements lasting three or six months in a range of divisions.

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I require a work permit to work in the UK; can I still apply?

You would not be excluded from applying for the position as trainee solicitor.

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At which of Blake Morgan's offices can I train?

We offer training contracts at all of our offices.  We divide the firm regionally into:

  • Wales
  • Thames Valley- Reading and Oxford offices
  • South Coast- Southampton and Portsmouth offices
  • London

Trainee solicitors will be recruited and based regionally.

You will be asked to confirm which regions you are applying for on the application. Please only select a second choice if you would be truly willing to relocate. 

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Our recruitment process for 2021 training contracts and 2019 vacation scheme will open on 1 November.

You can apply for a training contract with / without vacation scheme through our 'online application form'.

If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, please call us on 02380 857121 or email us.
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