Key Dates & FAQs

Key Dates

To be considered for one of our training contract places, you must participate in our either our Spring or Summer vacation schemes. We have up to ten places on each scheme.

Process Date
Applications Open 3 October 2019
Applications Close 31 January 2020
Assessment Centres March 2020
Spring Vacation Scheme 30 March – 9 April 2020
Summer Vacation Scheme 29 June – 10 July 2020

2019 Trainee Attraction Event Schedule

Event Date
in 2019
Time
The University of Law 20-Jun 6pm - 8.30pm
SEO Event 26-Sep 10am - 12.45pm
Glasgow Presentation 04-Oct 12pm - 2.15pm
Queen Mary Panel Event 08-Oct 6pm - 8pm
Exeter Presentation 10-Oct 6pm - 7.45pm
KCL Presentation 16-Oct 12pm - 1pm
KCL Panel Event 18-Oct 12pm - 1.30pm
LSE Careers Café 23-Oct 8.30am - 10am
Cambridge Presentation 23-Oct 6pm - 8.30pm
Oxford Presentation 30-Oct 6pm - 8.30pm
SEO Insight Day 06-Nov 1pm - 5pm
Warwick Presentation 11-Nov 6pm - 8.30pm
Legal Cheek Panel Event 19-Nov 6pm - 8.30pm
Presentation to UCL, KCL, LSE and Queen Mary students 21-Nov 5pm - 7.30pm
Edinburgh Presentation Nov TBC 1pm - 2.30pm
LawCareersNetLIVE 06-Dec 9am - 5pm
Durham Presentation 10-Dec 6pm - 8.30pm

 

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?

We review the applications on a rolling basis so we advise candidates submit their application forms well before the deadline.

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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