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Summer Placements

Our Summer Placements are a valuable opportunity to experience our business, culture and people and to decide if a Thorntons Traineeship is right for you. Each student is assigned to a specific department for the duration of the placement, and all students have a placement supervisor as well as a “buddy” who is on hand for everyday support.

We offer Summer Placements in our Business Law, Private Client and Dispute Resolution & Claims departments and during your time with us you will assist Partners, Solicitors and Paralegals on live client matters, gaining valuable experience and building your legal skills for the future. You will also be able to network with other trainees in the firm and learn more about what a Traineeship at Thorntons has to offer.

The Recruitment Process

You can apply for a summer placement online and shortlisted candidates will attend an interview with a member of our Graduate Recruitment team.  All successful candidates who go on to complete a Summer Placement with Thorntons are guaranteed an interview for a Legal Traineeship at the final stage of our selection process.

As we only offer a limited number of summer placements, please do not be disheartened if you do not succeed in being selected for a summer placement. If this is the case, we would still encourage you to apply for a Legal Traineeship.

About you

Our summer placements are open to students in 3rd and 4th Year of an LLB Honours degree, 1st or 2nd year of an Accelerated LLB degree or those currently undertaking, or who have recently completed, the Diploma in Legal Practice and are looking for a Traineeship commencing in 2022. For us, enthusiasm is key and you will be motivated and driven to become the best solicitor you can be. You will be open to working hard and learning as much as you can in your time with us, committed to building good relationships with colleagues and clients and playing a key role supporting the wider team.

About us

Thorntons has grown significantly over the last four years following a number of strategic mergers and investments into one of Scotland’s top 5 independent law firms. Throughout its successful expansion, our focus has remained the same, to provide the highest quality legal advice and service, when and where clients need it.

We are progressive and ambitious. While we expect high standards from our people, we recognise and value the contribution they make to our business – and our success. We see the whole person, not just the person in the workplace – and we’re aware that everyone has busy lives outside work. It’s simple common sense: do our best for our people and they’ll do their best for us.

At Thorntons we pride ourselves on doing what is right, and as two time winners of the Scottish Business Insider Employer of the Year Awards you can see why solicitors choose,  and enjoy a career with Thorntons.


Living Wage Employer Leading Firm Legal 500 2019 Chambers and Partners 2019 Scottish Law Awards winner 2017 Business Insider Employer of the Year 2017 Scott + Co Legal Awards Finalist 2018 scottish Business Pledge Disability Confident 2019