Legal Traineeships

Thorntons trainees are part of the team from day one.

Thorntons is one of the largest full service firms in Scotland and we believe we can provide the best foundation upon which to build you legal career.

We deliver innovative solutions for clients supported by the highest level of service delivery. As a result, we can promise you a challenging and rewarding two year traineeship. Our Trainees are the key to the future success of Thorntons and our vision to continue to be one of Scotland's most forward thinking legal firms.

We have developed our trainee programme over many years and believe that we can offer one of the most comprehensive traineeships in Scotland. Trainees are also given the opportunity to gain experience in any of our offices in Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Fife and Angus. The traineeship is structured round four 6 month rotations within our Dispute Resolutions & Claims, Private Client, Conveyancing and Business Law departments. Within these departments you will have exposure to specialisms such as employment, Immigration, agriculture, debt recovery, personal injury, family law, corporate, commercial property, IT and IP. You will gain hands on experience, practical work and direct client contact from early in your traineeship. Much of your training will be delivered by Accredited Specialists so there is the opportunity to learn from the very best from the outset.

Applications for Legal Traineeships commencing in September 2018 will open on 12th September 2016 and close on 7 October 2016.

Our Traineeship recruitment programme is a two stage process.

We firstly invite shortlisted applicants to attend a 45 minute first round interview. Those successful at this stage will proceed to the second stage which is a half day assessment centre 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.

University Law Fairs.

This year we will be attending the following 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 will be 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.

  • University of Edinburgh Law Fair – Wednesday 21st September
  • University of Dundee Law Fair – Thursday 22nd September
  • University of Strathclyde Law Fair – Wednesday 28th September
  • University of Aberdeen Law Fair – Thursday 29th September
  • University of Glasgow Law Fair – Thursday 6th October. 




You can read about the Thorntons Trainee experience from some of our Trainees and NQ Solicitors here>>


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