Trainee Solicitor Programme

What to Expect

As a trainee solicitor at Teacher Stern you can expect a challenging, comprehensive and rewarding traineeship designed to develop you as a lawyer, business person and individual. You’ll find that your training will emphasise getting as much direct involvement and ‘hands on’ experience as possible. You will be given early but supervised responsibility and will be involved in work that’s both varied and interesting.

As a valued member of our team, you can be sure you’ll receive the right level of support and training from your supervisor, who will always be there to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance. You will also have support from, and access to, each member of your department and practice team. From day one, you will need to use your initiative; you are there to support and work with others but you will feel you have made a genuine contribution to getting the deal done.

The Training Contract

Our structured two year Trainee Solicitor Programme will see you spend six months in each of our three main departments: Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Corporate & Commercial. A further six months of your programme may be spent with one of our specialist teams (for example in our Employment department) or in a return to one of the three main departments. You may also have an opportunity to experience and work with some of the smaller departments such as Banking & Finance, Tax and Private Client. Spending time in each department will not just make you a better lawyer, but help you hone in on those areas of law that interest you and those which you may wish to pursue in the future.

In each department or ‘seat’, you will gain valuable experience in a number of different areas of law. You will also have the opportunity to work with a variety of partners and solicitors within that department. This ensures you become fully integrated within the firm, get to know everybody, gain a wide range of experience and have a significant degree of client contact.

Most of your legal training will be on the job – there’s simply no better way to learn. But you’ll need to be much more than an expert in law to succeed as a solicitor. As such, you’ll also be given opportunities to develop and broaden your personal skill set. You’ll learn about managing clients, financial management, new business development, networking and marketing generally.