Here's how you can apply

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. Immersive 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 through our immersive day in the life of, assessment day. 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.

Rare's Contextualised Recruitment System

This year, we are delighted to be using Rare's contextualised recruitment system. When you apply you will be invited to provide some additional information which should not take you more than 5 minutes. We ask you to share this information so that your application can be reviewed in the context of your socio-economic background (i.e.. so we can consider whether you overachieved in light of your wider personal circumstances). The CRS is a screen in tool, not a screen out tool, and under no circumstances are candidates ever marked down for supplying or not supplying this information. 


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-out

Learn who we look for in the Training Contracts Programme page of this website. Do you fit these criteria? If so, tailor your application and performance during tests, video interview and assessment day to show us how 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.

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 vacation scheme here? How do our values match yours? How are we different from other firms?

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.

Want to know more?

Take a look at the FAQs about our vacation schemes. Hopefully they will answer all your questions.

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