Career Level Staff
Experience Less Than 1 Year
Qualifications Bachelor Degree
There are 67 Trainee Solicitor and Pupil Barrister positions to fill within the following government departments:
Government Legal Department (GLD)
Government Legal Department (GLD) Commercial Law Group
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
National Crime Agency (NCA)
Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)
The places available are for those ready to start their training in September 2021. There are also a small number of places available for those ready to start their training in September 2020.
Your salary as a trainee solicitor or pupil barrister will vary according to your department and location. First year salaries are currently around £28,000. The second year salary is around £32,000. Please note: salaries and terms and conditions are subject to review.
The government departments participating in the Government Legal Profession’s Legal Trainee Scheme will provide high quality, varied and interesting training.
Over the two year training period you will experience a broad range of government legal work, much of which will be unique and high profile.
As a valued member of a legal team, you will have an active role to play in casework. You will liaise with government ministers, senior policy makers and counsel. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the legislative process itself.
The specific format of your training contract or pupillage will vary according to the department you join (i.e GLD, HMRC, NCA or CMA). However, as a trainee solicitor, you can expect to work in four different areas of practice (‘seats’) over a two year period. At least one of these seats will be in a litigation team and one will be in an advisory team.
GLD is also offering trainees the opportunity to complete their entire training contract within GLD’s Commercial Law Group (working across the different commercial law teams).
Pupil barristers will divide their pupillage period between their department and a set of external barristers’ chambers. Note: GLD and HMRC will only be offering a small number of pupillages.
The majority of the trainee places are based in London. However, 2 Trainee Solicitor posts are being offered by GLD based in Leeds. There may also be a possibility to undertake a ‘seat’ in Manchester with HMRC.
If your application is successful, generally departments will pay your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees in full provided you have not yet started the course. There is no preference which law or bar school you attend, or which electives you undertake.
Departments will not reimburse your fees if you have successfully completed the LPC or BPTC.
You may be eligible for a grant of about £5,400 (National) to £7,600 (London) for the vocational year if you intend to study for your LPC or BPTC on a full-time basis, or possibly part-time, basis. You’ll need to discuss your eligibility for a grant with the department at the offer stage.
Unfortunately, departments will be unable to provide funding for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Departments aim to offer all those recruited as legal trainees a permanent qualified lawyer post on successful completion of the training period, although this can never be guaranteed.