If you're unsure on which office would be your preference, you can apply for a different vacation scheme location to your training contract application. However it is encouraged that you apply for a vacation scheme in the same location where you would like to apply for a training contract, as you will get a good feel for the culture of the office.
If you are an LLB or Scots Law student, you can apply in the penultimate year of your undergraduate degree. For non-law students it's recommended that you apply in the final year of your undergraduate degree.
If you are studying in Belfast, you must be in your final year of your degree and have a provisional place to study at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS).
If you wish to apply for a Dublin training contract, you must be in your final year of your degree and have passed your FE1's.
For all training contracts we also accept applications from law and non-law graduates.
We ask that candidates have achieved an AAB at A-Level and a 2.1 minimum at degree level. However we don't screen out application forms which haven’t met this requirement – so please don't be disheartened if you fell short of these grades. We use Rare's Contextual Recruitment System which can help us to understand the context of your application and achievements. We also take mitigating circumstances into account.
You should aim to make your overall application the best that it can be, including your personal statement and work history.
The dates of our vacation scheme are as follows:
The final stage of the recruitment process for the training contract is a networking day. This is unique to DWF and you will meet Andrew Leaitherland our Managing Partner and CEO, and some of the Senior Partners in the business. This is a compulsory session on specific dates which are:
There are no alternative dates, so please ensure that you are available to attend.
For our vacation scheme recruitment, we have confirmed the following dates:
Please note that these dates may be subject to change.
DWF will pay for LPC fees for candidates who have yet to start their LPC at the point of a training contract offer. DWF do not reimburse fees if the LPC has been started, or completed. We do not offer any financial assistance during the course.
If you are applying for a training contract in our Belfast office, DWF do not currently provide assistance with the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (IPLS) fees.
Although DWF use BPP as our LPC provider, we do not consider this to be a disadvantage if you have not completed your LPC at BPP.
If you are offered a training contract and haven’t started the LPC at the point of offer, you have the option to be funded for the LPC. If you accept this offer, you would complete the LLM in Commercial Legal Practice at our preferred training provider, BPP.
There are a number of BPP universities across England; you are able to choose the location which is most convenient for you, and are not restricted by the location of your training contract. For example, a Manchester based student who is joining the Leeds office can complete the LPC in Manchester if convenient.