Here's how you apply for our legal apprenticeships

Here’s an outline of what you can expect when you apply for our legal apprenticeship programme.

1. The application form

On this short form you tell us a bit about yourself and we ask you to demonstrate your understanding of what being an apprentice at Gowling WLG involves. Before you tackle this form, have a look at the tips below.

2. Online behaviour-based assessment

If you pass the application form screen we ask you to complete an online behaviour-based assessment. We are using this assessment because it provides a fair and objective way to help us understand your natural strengths and preferences. Best of all, you get an indepth feedback report once you've completed the assessment.

3. Video interview

If you pass the online assessment, then we invite you for a video interview. This can be conducted at a time convenient for you, but within the set deadline. You’re asked a series of pre-recorded questions which test how you would deal with scenarios you might face as an apprentice. Don’t be daunted – you get reading and thinking time to prepare your answer.

4. Assessment day

This is the final stage. It’s a two-way process, allowing you and us to discover whether we're right for each other. For our part, we assess you through different exercises, which are designed to help you show that you’ve got what it takes.

Interested in a business services apprenticeship?

We recruit our business services apprentices into specific business services teams. In order to apply, please search our current opportunties to see whether there is anything that sounds interesting to you. 



Do your homework

Research our firm and make sure you understand what we expect from an apprentice. Have you already got skills that will come in handy? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Know our selection criteria inside-out

Read who we look for in our apprenticeship section.  Do you fit these criteria? If so, tailor your application and performance during interviews to show us you’ve got what we’re looking for.

Answer the question

And follow the instructions. It sounds obvious, but make sure you follow the application form to the letter. Always answer the specific question during the interview.

Adopt the right writing style

Be clear and concise, but keep your passion and personality.

Be specific

You’re applying to Gowling WLG. Don’t act as if we’re just any old firm. Why do you want an apprenticeship here? How do our values match yours?

Be yourself

Don’t try being someone you're not – not even who you think we want you to be. Be yourself – whether it’s during the online process or during an assessment day or interview.

Be enthusiastic

It goes a long way. If you care, we'll notice.

Check, check, and check again

There's no room for spelling or grammatical errors on an application form or CV. Take your time and get someone else to read it through – a fresh pair of eyes makes all the difference.


Our applications for legal apprenticeships are currently closed. If you are interested in a legal apprenticeship, please get in touch. In the meantime find out more about the legal apprenticeship programme.

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