What’s the challenge?
What’s our solution?
What’s the selection process?
We have to be honest, our selection process is rigorous – our business model only works if the candidates we employ are exceptional. But it’s fair. We recognise that excellent candidates sometimes slip through the net because of personal circumstances or any number of reasons. We are not put off by this – we’ll assess your skills, competencies, attitude and aptitude. If we think you have the potential to become an outstanding solicitor, we’ll want to help you reach your goal.
We run assessment centres once a month, so you can apply to us at any time. If we like your application, we’ll invite you for an initial interview, followed by an assessment centre, which includes a written exercise, presentation and a competency based interview followed by, in some cases, third round interviews.
How exactly does it work?
If you’re successful in the selection process, we’ll look to secure secondments for you based on your skills, personality and also what you tell us you want from your training contract. Secondments will be for a minimum of 3 months but are more likely to be between 6 and 24 months. Once you’re seconded to a firm, that firm is committed to training and treating you in exactly the same way as it trains and treats its own trainees. The only difference is you’ll be employed by us and we’ll be monitoring and ensuring that you’re receiving the support and development you need.
Any other benefits?
Your training contract with us will be bespoke. We also offer you lots of other advantages such as:
- Exposure to more than one firm – giving you a varied and fulfilling experience and insight into different working cultures and practices
- Mentoring – you’ll have guidance and support at every step from the Accutrainee team, including a monthly meeting with a senior solicitor or our training principal
- Online support – you’ll have access to our dedicated web based trainee portfolio which is monitored against SRA training requirements
- Networking – it’s important to develop your own network of contacts and peers throughout your professional career. You’ll be able to get to know other trainees, in a wide range of organisations, throughout your time with us
Q: I got a 2:2 in my degree, can I still apply?
A: Yes. It may be that there are special circumstances why you didn’t achieve a higher grade. You will however need to be able to demonstrate that you are capable of high academic achievement.
Q: When can I apply?
A: You can apply to us at any time. Our selection process has no deadline.
Q: If I apply to Accutrainee and successfully complete the selection process, should I keep applying to other law firms directly?
A: Yes, absolutely. We would encourage you to continue applying as we can not say how long it will take to secure secondments for you. The last thing we want is for you to miss out on any opportunities. We’re here to help you reach your goal, not slow you down!
Q: Which clients have signed up with Accutrainee?
A: We’re talking with law firms and in house legal teams of all sizes covering many different practice areas. If you’re successful, we’ll talk through secondment opportunities which we think you’ll be interested in as and when they arise. We will only put you forward for opportunities you’ve agreed to – that way you can be confident about what your training contract will look like!
Q: Where are your clients based?
A: The clients we’ve worked with so far have predominantly been based in and around London. However we also have clients in other areas around the UK. If you have a specific preference, just let us know.
Q: I am interested in an international secondment; would Accutrainee be able to provide this?
A: Most of our secondments will be in the UK, but opportunities might come up if this satisfied a client’s business need.
Q: Do you reimburse law school fees?
A: We’re sorry, we’re currently unable to provide financial support for the LPC or GDL. We do pay for the professional skills course and other training which may be required if you secure a training contract with us.
Q: What is the salary for a training contract with Accutrainee?
A: Our salaries aren’t the same level as magic circle firms, but we do review them regularly to make sure they’re competitive. We will certainly discuss this with you in more detail during interviews.
Q: If I am unsuccessful in my application can I receive feedback?
A: We offer very detailed feedback to candidates who interview with us. We’re sorry but because we get so many applications, we can’t offer feedback for rejections at initial application stage.
Q: If I successfully complete the selection process, how long might it take to start my training contract?
A: This is a very difficult question to answer as it’s dependent on so many things. The shortest time it’s taken us to secure a training contract is two weeks! However, we also have candidates who joined our database many months ago and we’re still trying to secure secondments for them.
Q: I am an international candidate, are you able to sponsor me?
A: As we are deemed to be an Employment Business, it is very difficult for us (given our business model) to secure sponsor status to secure work permits for candidates.
There may of course be circumstances where one of our clients may be in a position and is willing to secure a work permit for a particular candidate but please note that this is not a common occurrence.