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Law school

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If you’re offered a training contract, we’ll ask you to go to law school before joining us.

‘About half of our trainees nowadays haven’t done a law degree. It’s not a disadvantage.’
Richard Thexton, partner

Your next step depends on whether or not you studied law at university.

Non-law students

If you didn’t study law, you’ll need to do a graduate diploma in law (GDL), which lasts a year. You can study for your GDL at the BPP school in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London or Manchester. Availability is subject to demand.

You’ll then go on to do an accelerated legal practice course (LPC) in the same way as law students.

Law students

If you studied law or have completed your GDL, you’ll do the accelerated LPC at BPP University in London.

This LPC runs twice a year, from February to August or August to February, so you can start your training contract with us immediately afterwards. That said, if you want to take six months off before or after the LPC, this may be possible.

If you have already completed the LPC or GDL somewhere other than BPP, you can still apply to join us.

Support through law school

Once you’ve secured a training contract at Freshfields, we’ll offer you all the support we can. We’ll pay your law school fees and contribute to your living expenses. See our salary and benefits section for more details.