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Training Contracts

At Thorntons, we know that our Trainee Solicitors are the key to our future success.

We are one of the largest independent law firms in Scotland and we have ambitious plans for further growth. We want to recruit talented and driven Trainee Solicitors who are passionate about helping clients and who have the drive and ambition to grow with the firm.  We are passionate about sustainability, innovation and diversity.  Our people really are at the heart of everything we do, and we pride ourselves on doing what's right for our clients, colleagues and communities.

A Thorntons’ Training Contract is challenging. It's hands on and you will be fully involved in client work right from the outset. 

Applications for 2023 Training Contracts have now closed.

The Recruitment Process

There are two ways to apply for a Thorntons Training Contract:

  1. Our Summer Vacation Scheme
  2. Our Graduate Recruitment process.

Candidates who successfully progress through each process attend the final stage of our graduate recruitment process at the same time.

We recognise that not all candidates are able to, or choose to apply for a summer scheme, and if this applies to you then our graduate recruitment process is the best route for you. Applications for Training Contracts commencing in September 2023 are now open and will close on Monday 6 September 2021.

For those shortlisted after a successful application, the first stage in our recruitment process is an interview with a member of our People Team. The second and final stage of our process is an hour long interview with our Partner panel where you will also be asked to give a presentation.

The Partner panel comprises of six Partners from across the firm. We believe that our process gives you the best opportunity to showcase your strengths, skills and abilities and it gives us the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of graduates who will contribute to Thorntons future success.

What to expect as a Trainee Solicitor at Thorntons

We want to see you succeed. We provide our Trainee Solicitors with first class training and support to help you achieve your goals.

Thorntons is one of the few full service law firms in Scotland. This means we are perfectly placed to offer you a genuinely diverse training experience. Our Training Contracts comprise of four, 6 month seat rotations which could include areas such as:

  • Employment
  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Immigration
  • Personal Injury & Medical Negligence
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Private Client
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Land & Rural Business

At the beginning of a Training Contract many trainees have areas of law that they are interested in but this can change as you experience different areas of law in practice. We would encourage you to enjoy as varied a Training Contract as possible before you specialise, as your breadth of knowledge will develop in every area and you will get the chance to experience different types of clients.  However, if you are absolutely sure of the field you want to specialise in, and would like to explore the possibility of a more specialised Training Contract, then please discuss this with us during the recruitment process.

As we grow across Scotland we can offer the opportunity to work in many of our offices including Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and Angus.

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 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 Training Contract.  

At Thorntons, our Trainee Solicitors are encouraged to get involved in charitable support, volunteering and opportunities to give something back to the communities that we live and work in.  

We offer a competitive package to trainees:

  • Competitive salary
  • Investment in training, development and career advancement opportunities
  • 25 days holiday (rising with length of service) plus 7 public holiday
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Corporate discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme

We are proud of our Trainee Retention. Each year a significant number of Trainees Solicitors stay on after their Training Contract and continue their career as newly qualified Solicitors with Thorntons. We see our training programme as a vital part of the firm's continued success. As the firm continues to grow opportunities become available across all of our offices.

Hear from our current Trainee Solicitors as they share their experience of Thorntons' Training Contracts.

Law Fairs

We attend many of the University Law Fairs and we would be delighted to meet you there to answer any questions about our Training Contracts and what Thorntons can offer you. 

University of Strathclyde
University of Glasgow
University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee
Robert Gordon University

University of Edinburgh

Thorntons Solicitors Law fairs


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