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As well as solving some of the world’s most complex legal issues, you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary and benefits

There are many reasons graduates chose to join us, including our flexible eight-seat training contract, a competitive salary and benefits package, and the chance to work internationally.

We pay trainees £45,000 salary in the first year, rising to £51,000 in the second year, as well as a range of lifestyle benefits and other perks. If you stay on as a newly qualified associate you’ll earn £85,000.

As a trainee, you can also have:

  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year
  • the option of four weeks’ unpaid leave at the end of your training contract
  • a £2,000
    interest-free
    loan when you join
  • a season-ticket
    loan

We offer a range of lifestyle benefits, including:

  • a subsidised staff restaurant serving a range of cuisines
  • a state-of-the-art gym with two exercise studios and 40 gym classes a week
  • a well-being studio, which includes an on-site doctor, dentist and physio
  • a range of social and sporting activities

Before you arrive at Freshfields

When you’re at law school, we’ll pay all your tuition and examination fees for the graduate diploma in law (GDL) and legal practice course (LPC).

We’ll also pay living expenses of £7,250 for the GDL and £10,000 for the LPC (pro rata if you’ve already started the course when you accept our offer).

We offer a discretionary grant of £500 to £2,000, which you can use to gain language skills – always useful at an international firm – or to support you while you’re doing voluntary work.

We also offer support on a discretionary basis for future trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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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