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We’re interested in attracting the legal talent of the future, and that’s why we offer great opportunities for graduates who we feel have the ability to shine. We’ll expect you to have academic qualifications, but we’ll also be looking for someone who’s resourceful and who knows how to get on with people.

Training contracts

Training consists of four six-month seats in a variety of contentious and non-contentious teams. You’ll be given the chance to work with high-profile commercial clients, high net-worth private clients and exceptional lawyers.

You’ll become an integral part of each team and be encouraged to participate in departmental or team meetings as well as training and development programmes.

We’ll also give you constructive feedback, so you can learn where you’re doing well, and how you might be able to improve. In return we want you to feel that you can talk openly about your feelings too. You’ll have monthly meetings with your training principal and regular formal appraisals to keep you up to date with how everything’s going.

How to apply for a training contract at LA

Our graduate training contract applications for 2023 open on Thursday 1st April 2021.

If you are thinking of applying in the future, please read our Lester Aldridge Graduate Application Guidance Notes.

What are we looking for?

Ideally, we’re looking for candidates with a minimum ABB at A level (or equivalent) and a minimum 2:1 in their undergraduate degree.

You have to be really committed to the law (and legal work experience does help with your application) but we also think it’s important that we understand your ambitions. We’re not just interested in academic ability – you also need to demonstrate you’ve got the right attitude and a willingness to work hard.

We want someone who stands out from the crowd and values diverse life experiences.

What work is involved in each team?

For details on what each of our teams cover and what type of work is involved, view our downloadable PDF’S on the right-hand side of this page.

What you can expect

Real responsibility. Real work. Don’t just take our word for it… read what our people have to say about us:

“More responsibility, more client interaction”

“Dynamic, forward-thinking, supportive”

“Very hands-on from the start”

“Opportunity to progress within LA”

“High-quality service provided to all clients”

“The best thing about LA is the people”

We have consistently received excellent reviews in the Chambers Student Guide and The Lex 100, which offer independent, unbiased insight into the UK’s premier law firms, based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of trainees.