Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
work experience

Work Placements 2024 - Scotland

Job description

Our training contract forms part of our early talent pipeline. Trainees at Womble Bond Dickinson will have an opportunity to spend six months in four Business Groups, gaining a real breadth of experience.

We offer training contracts in seven UK offices: Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

This is your training contract and it's up to you to make the most of it, but along the way we offer fantastic opportunities to develop your legal career in a growing firm.

Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an ongoing basis. You'll have access to high quality work and senior client contact. We regularly second trainees to our most high profile clients.

We are now transitioning to qualification through SQE – and those who join us in 2026 will be following this route. We have recognised that the changing landscape gives us a chance to do something different when it comes to educating and training our lawyers.

In that sense, we are viewing it as an opportunity to make sure we are giving our trainees the skills they need to be successful in the profession and our business.

Aligning with our competency framework, we will be putting more focus on areas such as legal tech, project management and client relationships.

What we are looking for

Throughout our recruitment process, we measure four competencies. We believe that these encompass the skills and attributes that our colleagues need in order to be successful in our business, They are collaboration, client focus, creating value and adaptability.

As part of our Early Talent recruitment, we typically measure the potential to develop these skills. The definitions and indicators that are related to each of these competencies help us to recognise and measure (as best we can) an individual’s potential to develop – we don’t just collect evidence of a certain behaviour in the past.

There are a lot of things that can shape and help candidates to develop important transferrable skills that could be invaluable to Womble Bond Dickinson, so if you can show us that you have the potential to develop the skills we are looking for these then we want to hear about it!

Our Early Talent recruitment competency framework is the starting point of the behaviours and actions that will be valued, recognised and rewarded at the firm – and these behaviours will underpin your career development at WBD.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£400 per week

How to apply

All candidates will need to start with a short application form – which also enables us to obtain contextualised info through Rare's CRS. Following this, everyone who has applied and is eligible to complete a training contract will be invited to complete our blended high potential assessment, which consists of an online assessment and a pre-recorded video interview.

Following the blended high potential assessment, we shortlist candidates for our virtual assessment day.

Following the virtual assessment day, we shortlist candidates for the work placement week. During the work placement week, candidates will have the chance to meet WBD colleagues and gain real insight into what it's like to work at the firm. The final stage interview will also be conducted, in person, during this week.

We believe that the variety of stages and methods we use increases our chance of recruiting top talent. We have designed our assessments in a way that enable candidates to demonstrate a range of behaviours in a variety of ways. As a result, we gain a more holistic understanding of each applicant.

Our recruitment process also allows us to showcase the firm in different ways and gives candidates a chance to assess whether Womble Bond Dickinson is the right fit for them, which is equally as important.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 11 January 2024

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Closing date:  11 January 2024

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