In House Training Contracts List
In house training contracts are actually quite rare. At first they seem like a good idea – getting training in house could bypass some of the competition. But it’s not that simple.
In house legal departments usually recruit individuals who are already qualified solicitors. This could be because they don’t need to recruit the same amount of legal professionals in comparison to a law firm.
When they do need to recruit they can simply get an experienced professional who already has experience in the field they require.
For example, a sports team would just get a solicitor who has sports law experience rather than train someone up. It’s just easier for them.
However some of the larger companies may feel the need to recruit graduates and therefore offer a trainee solicitor positions. But this may not be every single year, and when there is a place, it may just be one or two. Have a look into Google Alerts so you can be automatically notified when a position comes up at the company you want.
Below is a list of companies who have in house departments and have had trainee solicitors working for them in the past. Current lists online just show companies who have in house lawyers and are authorised to take on trainees – they don’t necessarily offer training.
Our list was made by taking a list of companies known to have in house lawyers, then searching linked-in for individuals who have worked as a trainee solicitor there recently. If a trainee was found it was added to the list. The list obviously isn’t exhaustive as it depends on trainees having an up to date linked in profile. Some trainees may also be on a secondment at the company from a private firm. So the providers listed below may not all currently offer training.
However it’s at least a starting point so you can do more research yourself or contact the business directly with a speculative enquiry.
Local councils and authorities may also require legal advice. Therefore they may offer training contracts from time to time. Take a look at yourcounciljobs.co.uk. Various housing services may require trainees too along with universities and the police. There are too many to list on this page as the jobs are usually done by region e.g Derbyshire Housing Services, Mid Sussex Housing, East Kent Housing.
As I said above sports teams often need solicitors. Although information about this is hard to find a speculative enquiry may be worth it. I know for a fact that Formula 1 teams use in house solicitors and football clubs should be in the same boat too. What better than combining the subject you love with your favourite sport!
Another potential source (although not confirmed) is gaming / gambling companies. These institutions strike me as another industry which need in house solicitors. Again; a speculative enquiry won’t hurt.
You can search for full list of companies and organisations who have in house lawyers from the Law Society.