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Here's an outline of our application process for training contracts so you know what to expect.

1. The application form

On this form you tell us about yourself, your experience so far and what you know about us. 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 a trainee. 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 to be a brilliant commercial lawyer.


Do your homework

Research our firm and make sure you understand what we expect from a commercial lawyer. Be clear on why this is the career for you. Have you already got skills that will come in handy? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Know our selection criteria inside and out

Read about who we look for. Do you fit these criteria? If so, tailor your application and performance during tests, the video interview and assessment day 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 and always answer the specific question during the interview. By the way, following instructions is a key skill for a lawyer.

Get work experience

Our vacation schemes and other commercial work experience will give you a real insight into the role of a commercial lawyer and the way businesses are run.

Take an interest in business affairs

Make sure you're up-to-date with business news and current affairs. Be ready to talk about the business world to show evidence of your interest.

Adopt the right writing style

Be clear, concise and professional, 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 a training contract here? How do our values match yours? How will we help you become a successful qualified commercial lawyer?

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 the assessment day.

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 our application form. Take your time and get someone else to read it through – a fresh pair of eyes makes all the difference.


Our applications for training contracts starting in September 2020 are now open. However, due to the large number of excellent applications we've received will be closing our applications early. The deadline is now Friday 13 July 2018.

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