What are you looking for in an application?
Aside from an excellent academic record, we’re looking for people who are ambitious, innovative, naturally inquisitive and commercially minded. Also, tell us what attracted you particularly to Fieldfisher and what personal qualities you can bring to the firm.
Remember, the obvious rules apply: ensure your application is clear, spellchecked, concise yet informative.
What are the minimum academic requirements I have to have to in order to submit an application?
You’ll need good academics with a minimum of ABB at A Level (or equivalent) and be on track for a 2:1 degree in any discipline.
What if I don’t have the minimum academic requirements?
We will only consider such applications if there are strong mitigating circumstances and these are clearly highlighted in your application.
Do you fill all your Training Contract vacancies from your Vacation Schemes?
Vacation Schemes are becoming increasingly important as part of the recruitment process. Although we aim to fill most vacancies this way, we appreciate not everyone is able to attend. We do recruit trainees who have not been on our Vacation Schemes.
Does the firm have preferred law school providers?
We have chosen the University of Law to be our preferred provider for the GDL and LPC. Trainees can choose their own LPC electives, provided they are relevant to our core practice areas.
Can I defer my start date once I have accepted an offer?
Only in exceptional circumstances.
Do you keep in touch with your future trainees during their GDL/LPC years?
We arrange regular seminars and social events for our future trainees and keep them informed of developments in the firm. We also operate an online secure community, exclusively for future trainees, so we can keep in touch easily wherever you are in the world.
Are there any opportunities for secondments for trainees?
There are opportunities for trainees to be seconded to clients, such as Ebay, MTV and BBC, aswell as to our Silicon Valley office.
What compulsory seats do you have?
We do not ask our trainees to do any compulsory seats, but in line with SRA requirements, we encourage them to complete one contentious and one non contentious seat.
Why are we using psychometric tests to recruit trainees?
Using an objective selection method such as psychometric testing is a useful way of comparing an individual against their peer group. It is best practice to use psychometric tests as part of the selection process and they help us to identify the most able candidates for our training contracts.
What are psychometric tests?
Psychometric tests are designed to measure various aspects of a person's skills and abilities compared against norms established for particular groups.
The tests we use in recruiting trainees include an inductive reasoning test and a verbal reasoning test. Inductive reasoning tests measure the ability to work flexibly with unfamiliar information and find solutions. People who perform well on these tests tend to have a greater capacity to think conceptually as well as analytically.
Verbal reasoning tests measure the ability to understand, analyse and interpret written information, often of a complex or specialised nature.
What happens if I miss the deadline?
Unfortunately if we have not received your completed application by midnight on the closing date, it cannot be considered. The deadline for completing both psychometric tests is two days after the application deadline. We would recommend you complete your application and both psychometric tests as soon as you can.
Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis?
Applications remain open until the deadline, but we may start reviewing applications, and inviting applicants to assessment centres a few weeks before the deadline, if volumes are high.
What should I do if I do not receive the first psychometric test after I have submitted my application form?
Once you have submitted your application, you will automatically receive an email asking you to complete the first of the psychometric tests. If your junk email filter is set too high, the email may not get through to you. However, if you log in to the application system, you will see a log of emails and the test email can be viewed through this. If you cannot see the test on the application system, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately - don’t wait until after the deadline.