At Pinsent Masons we believe in being as transparent as possible when it comes to our recruitment. Set out below are the key skills and abilities we are looking for in our trainee solicitors - our core competencies. These reflect the qualities that Pinsent Masons is looking for in trainees following our recent merger. So you can be confident that if you are successful in securing a training contract with us, you possess the qualities you will need to progress at the firm.
By familiarising yourself with this list you should be able to understand whether becoming a commercial lawyer would suit you as an individual; if you think it would then completing our application form will be the first step you take in demonstrating that you possess these qualities and attributes.
Our core competencies are the defining qualities we’ll be looking for at every stage of the recruitment process – starting with the online application, followed by an online psychometric test and culminating with an assessment centre, which includes: interviews, a written exercise and a presentation.
The selection process has been designed to ensure that you are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate to us that you have the required skills and behaviours for a career in commercial law. If you are able to consistently demonstrate a high level of performance in all these areas then your application has every chance of success. You can find advice on making an application, preparing for interview and developing your commercial awareness here.
We also look carefully at each candidate's academic background. Commercial lawyers need a high degree of technical ability to be successful, we feel academic ability is closely linked to this. This is why we have a minimum academic requirement that all trainees are expected to meet or exceed:
- 300+ UCAS points from your best three A Levels (excluding General Studies) or equivalent
- A strong 2:1 degree
- A Commendation (or above) at Law School (GDL and/or LPC)
To practice law in England it is not necessary to have studied an undergraduate Law degree, however, you will need to complete the one-year Graduate Diploma in Law. Scottish applicants must have a qualifying Scots Law degree in order to apply for a traineeship.
Most of our trainee solicitors in fact achieve results in excess of this minimum requirement. If you do not meet the above academic requirements then we are unable to consider your application, unless there are mitigating circumstances that negatively impacted upon your results and explain why you have failed to meet our minimum academic requirements. In these circumstances, please contact us to discuss this, prior to making an application.