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Legal Traineeships

2020 Traineeships

Applications are now closed for 2020 Traineeships. Details for 2021 Traineeships will be published in September 2019.


About Thorntons Traineeships

We know that our trainees are the key to the future success of Thorntons and our vision to be one of Scotland's most forward-thinking legal firms. If you have the ability and the drive to succeed, we will strive to provide you with a challenging and varied two-year traineeship with first-class training and hands-on experience from the start.

As a trainee, you will have the opportunity to work in many of our offices in Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Fife and Angus. Your traineeship will be structured round four 6-month department rotations and you will gain hands-on experience, practical work and direct client contact from early on. Much of your training will be delivered by Accredited Specialists, so from the outset you will be learning from the very best.

With Thorntons Traineeship structured programme, you will get to experience legal specialisms such as:

  • Employment
  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Family
  • Private Client
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Land & Rural Business

At the beginning of their traineeship most trainees do not know exactly what they want to specialise in. Even if you do already have an idea, this can very often change over the course of your traineeship as you experience different areas of law in practice.  We would encourage you to enjoy as varied a traineeship as possible before you specialise as your breadth of knowledge will develop in every discipline.

However, if you are absolutely sure of the field you want to specialise in, and would like to explore the possibility of a more focussed traineeship, then please discuss this with us in the recruitment process.

Your learning and development will begin on day one of your traineeship and continue throughout your time with us.

Along with your Trainee Continuing Professional Development (TCPD), you will be invited to internal webinars and seminars and also be included in our internal Trainee Development Programme covering topics such as Risk Management, Organisational Skills and Commercial Awareness.

All trainees are allocated a mentor within the firm to support them throughout their traineeship. Your mentor is specially selected for you from our internal team of volunteer mentors, who are all qualified solicitors. They will be an effective sounding board for anything you want to discuss and can offer advice and guidance to you during your traineeship.  

We offer a competitive package to trainees:

  • 32 days’ holiday (25 days’ annual leave plus 7 public holidays)
  • Contributory pension
  • Employee healthcare plan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Corporate discounts

A significant number of our newly qualified Solicitors stay on and continue their legal career with Thorntons. As the firm continues to grow opportunities become available across all of our offices.

You can apply for our traineeships online and shortlisted applicants will then attend a 45-minute first round interview. Those successful at this stage will proceed to the second stage which is a half-day assessment comprising a group exercise, a presentation and two further interviews, each with two Partners and a member of our HR team. We believe this gives you the best opportunity to showcase the full range of skills and abilities which will make you a first-class trainee solicitor.

Find out more

We attend many of the University Law Fairs and we would be delighted to meet you there to provide further information on our traineeships and what Thorntons can offer you. These events are attended by some of our current trainees who can provide the inside track on what a traineeship with Thorntons is really like and our HR department who can advise further on the recruitment process.

In 2018 we will be attending the following university Law Fairs:

  • University of Dundee - Monday 17 September
  • University of Aberdeen - Tuesday 18 September
  • University of Strathclyde - Wednesday 19 September
  • Napier University - Wednesday 25 September
  • University of Edinburgh - Thursday 26 September
  • University of Glasgow - Tuesday 2 October


Networking events for future trainees.

We host Trainee Networking events in Edinburgh and Dundee, where potential applicants are invited to come along and meet some of the Partners and Solicitors to find out about working at Thorntons. This is opportunity is open to 3rd and 4th year law students.  Dates for the next networking events will be confirmed in autumn 2018.


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