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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

Due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, most of our people continue to work from home, which we feel gives very limited opportunity for good quality summer placements. In light of this, we are not running a summer placement scheme 2021.  Our general graduate recruitment process for Training Contracts commencing in 2023 is open now and applications will close on Monday 6 September.   

We will be running a Summer placement scheme in Summer 2022 and applications for this will open in December 2021. 

About Thorntons

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