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UK Trainee Solicitor

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students who are seeking to commence their training in August 2025.

We seek candidates who have an impressive academic record with, ideally, 320 UCAS points and a predicted or achieved 2:1 degree (or the relevant academic equivalent).

We offer up to eight periods of recognised training each year but retain the majority of new qualifiers at the end of their periods of recognised training.  As competition for a period of recognised training is intense, those sections of our application form that focus on your drive, initiative and achievements are of particular importance.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre at our offices. During that day you will also have the opportunity to meet with existing trainees. Following this, you may be invited back for a final stage interview.

Our online application process will be open from 1 November 2022 and closes on 31 July 2023.

Application Timeline
We are currently inviting applications from law and non-law students for a period of recognised training commencing in August 2024.  Please see key dates below:

Period of Recognised Training - 2025

Submit Application 1 November 2022 - 31 July 2023
Attend Assessment Day August/September 2023
Decision Made September 2023
Start with K&L Gates September 2025

Legal Work Placement - July 2022

Submit Application by 31 January 2023
Attend Interview February or March 2023
Decision Made April 2023
Attend Legal Work Placement July 2023

You may apply via our online application form or you can request a paper application form

Please find below answers to some frequently asked questions in relation to our:


When is your next trainee intake?
We are currently recruiting trainees to commence with us in August 2025.

Do you have any places left to commence in 2024?
There are no places left in 2024.

Who can apply?
We welcome applications from both law and non-law students. We also welcome applications from other relevant postgraduates.

Do you consider mature age applicants?
Yes, we encourage applicants of all ages.

Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?
Yes, we do accept applications from candidates who need a work permit and should your application be successful, we will arrange the work permit for you. However, your offer will be conditional upon us being able to gain approval from the UK Border Agency for your work permit.

When should I apply?
2025 Intake - The application process will be open on 1 November 2022. Apply via our website.

How do I apply?
Applications should be submitted via our website. We use cvMail as our supplier so if you are already registered with them you will not need to re-input all your personal details. You can also request a paper application from

What grades do I need?
You will need to have achieved or be predicting a 2:1 degree and have 320 UCAS points or the relevant academic equivalent.

Do you accept General Studies A-Level?
We do not accept a General Studies A-Level as part of the 320 UCAS point requirement, but all other subjects are accepted.

Will my application be considered if I do not have a 2:1 degree and 320 UCAS points?
If there are mitigating circumstances and documented reasons (i.e. illness backed up by medical certificates) please refer to this in your application. We will in such circumstances consider your application appropriately.

What form will the recruitment process take?
Successful applicants will be invited to attend one of our assessment days where you will take part in a group exercise, a swift analysis test, critical reasoning test & a written test. If successful you will be invited back in for an interview & individual exercise, the final part of the process.

When will interviews take place?
Students will be assessed in August 2023.

How soon after the interview will I know the outcome?
We advise you of the outcome as soon as possible, generally within seven - 10 days.

How many trainees do you recruit each year?
We usually recruit up to eight trainees.

If I am not successful in obtaining an interview when will I know?

Unsuccessful candidates will be advised following the application closing date of 31 July 2023 -- generally we let you know by the end of September 2023.

Do you consider non-law students for Period of Recognised Training?
Yes. On average, about 40% of our trainees have not studied law as a degree.

Can I apply for a Period of Recognised Training if I do not fall into either category of penultimate year student or final year student?
Yes.  We welcome applications from those who have decided to apply for a Period of Recognised Training later than usual.

Do I need to apply separately for the Legal Work Placement and a Period of Recognised Training?
Yes you will need to submit two separate applications.  cvMail, however, will store your personal and academic profile so your second application will be quicker to complete.

Is non-law work experience relevant to my application?
Yes all work experience is of relevance and should be included on your application.

Are trainees given regular feedback on their performance?
Yes. You will be appraised every three months during your Period of Recognised Training, giving you plenty of opportunity to gain feedback and raise any issues.  You will also be allocated a mentor throughout your contract.

Is there any opportunity for involvement with pro bono or community work?
Yes. The majority of trainees become involved in the firm's Pro Bono initiatives and many work as volunteers at the Battersea Legal Aid Advice Centre.

How many trainees are kept on after qualification?
As we will have invested a great deal in recruiting and training you we hope you will develop a long term career with us.

What training and career opportunities are available after qualification?
We have a formal career development and mentoring scheme.

Do you involve trainees in business development?
You are encouraged to be involved in some of the many marketing and business development events we hold throughout the year to develop client relationships.

Will I have the opportunity to train as a solicitor advocate?
Those qualifying into Dispute Resolution are encouraged to take Higher Rights.

How much choice do I have as to which seats I do?
We aim to give you as much choice as possible, however, trainees will have seats within core areas such as corporate, dispute resolution and real estate.


What is Legal Work Placement?
Legal Work Placement is your opportunity for an inside view of what it is like to work at K&L Gates. It will also provide a general insight into the work of a contemporary, international law firm. During the two weeks you will sit in at least two departments and wherever possible we will allocate you to a seat of your choice. You will also participate in a programme of events and outings.

When is your Legal Work Placement?
We hold one, two week Legal Work Placement during July each year.

Who can apply?
The scheme is open to law students and non-law students. Applications from post-graduates seeking a Period of Recognised Training are also welcome.

What is the deadline for applications?
31 January 2023.

Will I be required to attend an interview?
Yes you will be required to attend an interview in March 2023.

When will I know if I have been successful?
We will inform you by early April 2023.

How many positions are there on each placement?
There are 10 positions for the two-week placement.

Do you hold Easter or Christmas Placements?
No, currently we only run the summer Legal Placement Scheme in July.

What grades do I need?
You will need to have achieved or be predicting a 2:1 degree and have 320 UCAS points or the relevant academic equivalent.


What are Open Days?
Open Days are an opportunity for you to visit the firm and will enable you to make a more informed choice as to whether you could see yourself working here. During the day there will be presentations and the opportunity to speak to current trainees, you will find out more about the firm's practice areas, the culture of the firm, qualities and attributes we seek in future trainees and information on how to survive assessment centres. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a dummy group exercise and critical reasoning test.

Who can apply?
When applying for one of our Legal Work Placement or a Period of Recognised Training please indicate if you are interested in attending an Open Day. You will then be contacted if a place becomes available on an Open Day.

When are the Open Days?
Open Days will be held in January, February, March, April, and May. 

Who can I contact for further advice or information on your Period of Recognised Training, Legal Work Placement or Open Days?
For further information on our Period of Recognised Training, Legal Work Placement or Open Days please email queries to and we will respond promptly. Alternatively, contact Hayley Atherton, Recruiting Manager, on 020 7648 9000.

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