Our application form is in covering letter format. A good place to start is to address the letter to our graduate recruitment partner. Beyond that, it’s up to you: we want you to express yourself, tell us why you want to be a lawyer – and why you’d like to join Ashurst in particular. To start you off, we’ve highlighted four key points to the application below.
Get to know us (if you haven’t already) by reading through our website and talking to people who work here. We ask two specific questions about our firm on the application form. This is to make sure we’re interviewing people who have researched us well and understand why we’re different. Just as importantly, get to know yourself: make an honest assessment of what you do well and not so well.
We don’t ask specific questions on the competencies we’re looking for, but that isn’t because we don’t want to know that you have those competencies. We just prefer to give you the space to tell us about them in your own words. So, in your letter, be sure to include your qualities and examples of achievements. General statements about your qualities are less convincing than objective evidence. For example, don't just tell us you're a brilliant team leader. Instead, make sure you've included that you're a society committee member and been specific about what your role entailed and what you achieved during your tenure.
Lawyers are meticulous and accurate, and if your application form isn’t, then you’re unlikely to be invited to interview. Try not to make your application either overly wordy and formal or over-familiar. We will be most impressed if you explain yourself simply and clearly with the use of evidence. Also, please avoid clichés. Lots of applicants tell us they want to be a lawyer because the law shapes society or they want to work at Ashurst because they would relish the chance to work on cutting-edge deals. Find a way to express this clearly and in your own words.
Your interviewers use your application as a basis for the interview and are likely to ask you about the things you have highlighted. Use your work experience to full effect – it doesn’t matter whether your work experience is in a legal or non-legal role. Put it in and tell us what you learned from it.
There’s absolutely no Ashurst "type". We want to actively involve and include a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths - or competencies.
No. You should study an LLM for your own interests rather than think it will give you an advantage over other candidates.
You can, but we would be unlikely to invite you to interview. We are looking for the strongest candidates who apply and we receive a very high number of applications each year from candidates who do meet the criteria. Think carefully about whether it is worth applying before spending time completing an application.
We look for candidates who have achieved a minimum of AAB (340 UCAS points across their highest three A2 levels and for exams taking in one sitting, not including general studies) at A-level and a 2.1 or First at degree level (or equivalent). If you have extenuating circumstances that have affected your grades then please let us know by completing the relevant section in our online application form. We will ask for evidence later in the process.
You can apply if you are a penultimate year student or beyond, whether you are studying law or a non-law subject.
Please see the career journey page for information about the deadlines for each scheme or for our training contracts.
We will be accepting applications to start in September 2019/March 2020 from 1 October 2016. There will be two windows to apply for training contracts with the firm. These will be from 1 October 2016 to 31 December 2016 and then again from 1 May 2017 to 31 July 2017.
The two windows are to ensure you have an opportunity to apply at a time that best suits you. The early window is for those candidates who feel ready to apply for a training contract straight away. If you have applied for and are planning to undertake a summer vacation scheme later in the year, you should wait until the summer to apply.
You can apply at either time if you are a penultimate year student or beyond, whether you are studying law or a non-law subject.
No. In order to ensure we get all the information we need, we ask that you complete the online application form. Applications are open between November and July each year. We do not accept applications by email or post.
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Not at all. Current trainees studied at 44 different universities and we value the diversity of thought that this brings. We're interested in receiving applications from candidates who are likely to excel here, regardless of their university choice.
We encourage applications from anyone who has the appropriate experience and qualifications for both the vacation scheme and for training contracts, which includes mature graduates and those who are changing career. We think our open application form is useful and allows those with different experiences to tell us about them, in their own words.
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All our future trainees are required to study the LPC at The University of Law Moorgate, where we have designed a tailored Ashurst LPC programme. Those on the programme will work with Ashurst case studies and precedents, and the firm's lawyers are involved in teaching sessions, with the aim of ensuring that trainees are equipped with the relevant skills when they start their training contract.
We ask all our future trainees to apply to The University of Law (any branch). However, if you are already studying the GDL elsewhere, then you should still apply.
We do not fund the QLTS as we do not recommend studying this concurrently while working. We prefer those newly qualified from another jurisdiction to study GDL and LPC and undertake a training contract rather than take the QLTS.
If you have less than two years of vocational experience, then you should apply for a training contract. If you have two years or more of vocational experience as a lawyer, please apply for an appropriate experienced hire vacancy.
No, and the firm will apply for a work permit on your behalf, if you are offered a role.
No. But if you are invited to interview, we strongly advise you to disclose your disability and let us know whether we need to make any adjustments to our interview process in order to ensure you perform at your best. If you require adjustments, you will have a dedicated contact in the team who will be there to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Unfortunately we are not able to take on students for informal work experience. Eligible candidates are encouraged instead to apply for a place on our placement schemes.
Vacation schemes are just one route to a training contract. You do not need to undertake one in order to obtain a training contract.
Yes, you are welcome to apply for a training contract. However, you should ensure that you review your application thoroughly before reapplying. You should include any skills and experience you may have gained since your previous application