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. Academic achievement is, of course, important; however, we pay a lot of attention to your personal characteristics. We are looking for excellent communication skills, sound planning and organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team

Please note that recruitment for a 2019 traineeship has closed.

Details of our application process and closing date for a traineeship commencing in 2020 will be available here early in 2018.

Traineeship FAQs

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

We will let you know we have received your application and after the closing date you will hear if you have been selected for interview.

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, 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 twelve trainees across our 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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