Key Dates & FAQs

Key Dates

Applications for our Spring vacation scheme (for March and September 2021 training contracts) will follow the below timetable:

Spring Vacation Scheme

Applications open 25 October 2018
Applications Close 31 January 2019
Assessment Centres March 2019
Vacation Scheme April 2019

FAQs

Application Process

How can I let you know about any additional work experience/exam results once I have submitted my application form?

Please submit any additional information to your application via the supplementary information tool. When you log into your account you will find information about the supplementary information tool on the home page.

Do you recruit on a rolling basis?

No, we do not start reviewing our applications until after the respective deadlines.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

We try to let all candidates know the outcome of their application one month after the deadline. Please note, sometimes it may take longer because each application form is reviewed thoroughly.

Can I have feedback on my application?

Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individual feedback on application forms.

Can I still apply if I don’t meet the minimum grade requirements?

You can still apply as we will review your application holistically and will take mitigating circumstances into account.

Am I allowed to defer for a year?

We will take any requests to defer training contract start dates into consideration.

Do you take on international students?

Yes, we accept applications from international students.

I am qualified in another jurisdiction, should I apply for a training contract?

We welcome applications from foreign-qualified lawyers but those individuals already qualified in a different jurisdiction should apply for an associate position at the firm. Please email your CV to LondonRecruitment@ropesgray.com and we will respond to let you know whether there are any suitable vacancies that you can apply for.

Law School

Do you have a preferred Law School?

All our future trainees complete the GDL and LPC at BPP in Holborn.

Do you choose my LPC electives?

We encourage our future trainees to complete debt finance, public companies, acquisition and equity finance. We feel these electives tailor your training to the work we carry out as a firm.

Training Contract

Will I be placed in my preferred practice areas for my seats?

While we will take your seat preferences into account, and are always happy to discuss these, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in all your preferred practices. This is because we need to take into account the business needs when planning the seat rotation.

I am interested in an international and/or client secondment, what is available?

We have an international secondment to our Hong Kong office. We prefer to send a third or fourth seat trainee who has already completed a seat in our finance team.

Client secondment opportunities arise at an ad-hoc basis because they are at the client’s request. If one of these secondments becomes available then we will open the opportunity to all our trainees but reserve the right to select the trainee with the most appropriate experience. 

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