It’s important to get a good start to your career in law, and with this in mind our Trainee programme has been designed to enable you to get the most from a combination of on-the-job training, courses and seminars.

We aim to attract high-calibre Trainees who will contribute to the success of our business and we are interested in candidates who achieved consistently good grades from school (A + B in Higher or A levels) and have obtained, or are on track to obtain, at least a 2:1 degree. We also specifically take into consideration your personal characteristics and are looking for excellent communication skills, sound planning and organisational skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.

Our application process for 2020 traineeships closed on 31 July 2018.

We will be exhibiting at the following university law fairs in 2018:

  • Dundee University – Monday 17 September 2018
  • Aberdeen University – Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Strathclyde University – Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • Edinburgh University – Wednesday 26 September 2018
  • Glasgow University – Tuesday 2 October 2018

Traineeship FAQs

I have applied for a traineeship– when will I hear back from you?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend our interview and selection process which will take place during the week commencing 20 August 2018.

Do you only recruit trainees who have done a summer placement with MacRoberts?

We are interested in receiving a wide range of applications from both those who have worked with us and also individuals with different experiences.

What is the interview process?

You will generally meet with partners and our HR team.

We like to get to know you as a person so in addition to competency based questions, we are keen to hear more about you and your interests.

What are the key qualities you look for in a trainee?

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to start their law careers with us. Key qualities that we look for include commercial awareness, good communication skills, a strong academic record as explained above, the ability to manage a varied workload, good organisational skills and the ability to solve problems.

How many trainees do you take on each year?

We generally recruit around ten trainees across our three offices.

Can I choose my seats during the traineeship?

Your traineeship generally gives you the opportunity to work in four different areas. We ask for details of your preferences throughout your traineeship. While we will try to give you the opportunity to work in some of your preferred areas the needs of the business ultimately determine where trainees are placed.

Will I get the opportunity to meet clients?

Our trainees have opportunities throughout their traineeship to meet with clients.

Where will I be based during my traineeship?

You will be asked for your preferred location at interview. Most trainees do not change offices during their traineeship.

Will I get to meet the other trainees before starting my traineeship?

We have a couple of social evenings before you join the firm – these are informal and give you the opportunity to meet with our current trainees and also some partners.

What happens after I have accepted an offer?

We like to keep in contact with you between accepting our offer and joining the firm. We will invite you to some informal social evenings and you can also subscribe to our e updates and keep up to date with current legal developments.

What support will I get?

There will be lots of opportunities for training and development throughout your traineeship and in each seat you will have a mentor to provide support and guide you during your time in that area.  In addition, you will have a review every thirteen weeks which helps ensure you are progressing well in your traineeship.


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