GOVERNMENT LEGAL TRAINEE SCHEME
London, United Kingdom
PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 12 NOON ON 28 JULY 2017
2017 LEGAL TRAINEE SCHEME
The 2017 Legal Trainee recruitment campaign will launch on 3 July 2017 - advertising around 47 legal trainee positions (i.e. training contracts and pupillages), largely for those looking to start their training in September 2019. There will be a small number of legal trainee positions available for 2018.
The legal trainee positions available will be in the Government Legal Department (GLD), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
To be notified when the 2017 legal trainee recruitment campaign launches , you are welcome to add your contact details to the GLS Legal Trainee mailing list at www.gov.uk/gls
Applicants must meet the Civil Service nationality requirements and have, or be predicted to obtain, a minimum 2:2 in an undergraduate degree (or have the equivalence as recognised by the professional bodies). Your degree does not have to be in law.
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), if relevant, Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) must be completed before starting your training contract or pupillage with us in September 2018 or 2019.
Government departments are looking for applicants who are able to make effective decisions (which covers analytical skills and judgement), excellent communication and team working skills and who can demonstrate a motivation to work hard and progress in their training and career in the public sector.
LEGAL TRAINEE SALARIES AND BENEFITS
Salaries may differ between departments. As an example of what to expect, the first year salary for legal trainees in the GLD and HMRC is £28,000. In the second year this is £32,000.
Departments will also pay Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees in full, if you have not started the course. If you have already started the course, most departments will make a proportional payment based on the time remaining. Unfortunately, the GLS cannot reimburse you if you have already completed your LPC or BPTC.
If you study for the LPC or BPTC on a full-time basis, you may be eligible for a grant of between £5,400 and £7,600 for the vocational year. If you application is successful, you’ll need to discuss grant provision with the department to which you are allocated.
If you have yet to start your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), departments may also be able to contribute towards your GDL fees. However, this funding cannot be guaranteed (this is something that would need to be discussed with the department making you an offer).
Benefits also include annual holidays of around 25 days, Civil Service pension scheme, membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club at low membership fees and full-service staff restaurants and catering facilities.