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Be prepared and you’ll get a lot more out of the application and interview process. See it as a chance to get to know us.

Prepare for our application process

We understand that making job applications can seem like a big step, to make things easier for you, here’s what you can expect from our application process.

The application form

The first stage of our training contract and vacation scheme application processes is a 850-word personal statement, which is all about you. You don’t need legal and technical skills, but we are looking at your attitude. Thinking about attitudes such as organisation, flexibility, enthusiasm, commitment and more, we invite you to tell us about the things you get involved in. These can include your activities during university, your hobbies and interests, your work experience, any part-time jobs, as well as your reasons for applying. Following a successful application, we will invite you to take the Watson Glaser test, which is a psychometric test designed to assess your ability to assimilate information and understand situations.

The half-day assessment

If your application is successful, congratulations! It means we’re interested in you, and we think you could become an international commercial lawyer at Freshfields.

I found the interview process here really positive, the people that I met on that interview day were so friendly and welcoming; I knew I would enjoying working here.
Lucy Fallen, associate

We’ll invite you to a half-day assessment at our London office during which there’ll be two hour-long interviews.

General interview

The general interview is your opportunity to tell us more about you and your skills – including examples of things you’ve done that demonstrate your best qualities. There are no traps: we want to give you every chance to tell us why you’d make a good trainee at Freshfields.

Tip: Think of examples from your life that show you are good at working in a team, have stuck at a difficult task or have pushed yourself. These are all things we’re looking for in our future trainees.

A good lawyer at a firm like ours has various attributes: an interest in business; time management skills; the ability to work well in teams; and so on. Think of some examples that demonstrate these traits.
Andrew Austin, graduate recruitment partner

Analytical interview

The analytical interview to help assess your ‘business mind’.

We’ll give you 20 minutes to read a press article, possibly from the Financial Times or the Economist. We’ll then ask you questions about what you’ve read.

It’s not a test of what you already know about the business world. Instead we want to get a sense of how well you think on your feet. You’ll get the chance to demonstrate curiosity about commercial and legal themes.

Tip: In both interviews, we’ll give you lots of time to ask our interviewers questions. It’s a good idea to prepare several questions in advance (we won’t mind if you’ve written them down).

You need to have done some deep thinking about yourself and be quite self-aware in order to be able to answer our questions, however it is that we might ask them.

Written exercise

A lot of our work for clients is in writing so we want to see how you organise what you write, and how well you can spot key concepts and convey them to the reader.

You’ll do a 45-minute written exercise before the first interview.

Tour of the building

Between the two interviews, you’ll spend time with a trainee, who will give you a tour of the office and answer your questions in a more informal setting.

Tip: Ask the trainee about anything you like during the tour – your questions won’t go any further!

First year undergraduate
  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Freshers meet
    Freshfields workshop

    4 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 9 Nov 2019

  • Spring scheme

    • 10 Apr – 11 Apr 2019

      Application window dates:

      1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

    • 17 Apr – 18 Apr 2019

      Application window dates:

      1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Vacation scheme
    insight workshop

    6 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2018

  • Summer vacation schemes

    17 Jun – 5 Jul 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    8 Jul – 26 Jul 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Summer application window dates:

    Law (UK LLB) only

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

    London/Asia training contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window dates:
    Law and non-law

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window dates:
    Law (UK LLB) only

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

  • Final year non-law Workshop

    11 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:
    Non-law only

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2018

  • London/Asia training
    contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window dates:
    Law and non-law

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window dates:
    Law (UK LLB) and GDL graduates

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

  • Graduate workshop

    13 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2019

  • London/Asia training
    contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

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