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Traineeship — Glasgow Qualify with a firm consistently rated as a Top Employer

What is the Weightmans traineeship?

You can apply to complete a traineeship with Weightmans in our Glasgow office. Our 24-month training programme will provide you with excellent training and experience across four six-month seats in different areas of the business, which will include the PEAT2 outcomes which are required for your qualification to solicitor. During this time, you will be given the opportunity to complete a range of different work with a robust support network of supervision and mentoring.

Prior to commencing your training, you will be required to undertake the Professional Education & Training (PEAT1) course. If you successfully gain a position to commence in 2023, and have not yet enrolled on a PEAT1 course, we will fund the cost of postgraduate tuition at the university of your choice.

Why Weightmans?

Here at Weightmans, people are the most integral part of our culture and business, and so your success is our success. We have great working practices for ensuring a mindful and considerate working culture, as such we are signatories of the Mindful Business Charter.

In many of our offices, we have a unique and open office space accompanied by agile working for a great work-life balance. With a focus on learning and development of our people, we are proud to have consistently high trainee solicitor retention rates.

As much as we work hard, we like to play hard too! Having an appropriate work-life balance is something we value for all our people. Our social calendar is always full, from theatre visits and quizzes to office parties. Each of our offices has an active social committee who are always looking for new members to get involved.

We pride ourselves in our CSR (corporate social responsibility) work and our Glasgow office supports Alzheimer Scotland. As part of our commitment, all staff receive two days of paid CSR leave each year, and each office has a local committee who are always looking for new members, and this may be something you would like to be a part of once you join us.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits. For year one as a trainee solicitor, you would receive a salary of £25,000, which will increase after 12 months to £27,000. As a Weightmans employee, you will also be entitled to our excellent staff benefits including:

  • 28 days' holiday
  • Healthcare cover
  • Pension plan
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Employee care scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Dental care scheme

What is the application process?

Applications for positions commencing September 2023 have now closed. We will be reopening the process in the Autumn for positions commencing September 2024 but please feel free to register your interest in this programme using the form at the bottom of the page.

Our application process consists of 3 stages:

Stage 1 — Written application

At this stage, we will look at your predicted/obtained degree score and your answer to an open question. This question changes each year and is designed to check your understanding of how a law firm, and Weightmans works. We will also assess structure, depth, punctuation and grammar. The quality of your answer will determine if you progress to the next stage, therefore we suggest you spend some time on this and proofread before submitting it. We will review all written submissions individually, along with your degree score, in a blind marking process.

Stage 2 — HIPO-I interactive online assessment

If you are successful at the written application stage, you will then be invited to complete an online assessment called the HIPO-I. This assessment has been designed to test verbal and numerical reasoning along with some situational judgement questions to assess if our values align, you will then be asked to complete a video interview question.

Stage 3 — Assessment centre

If you are successful at the HIPO-I stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This will consist of three parts: a competency-based interview and presentation, a group exercise and a written exercise. Before you attend you will be given the opportunity to attend an online insight session which will be designed to prepare you for assessment, walk you through the day and answer any questions you may have. You will also be provided with a written brief.

Our process is designed in order for us to identify that we are the right fit for each other; for us as a firm and for you in your choice of employer. We welcome you to contact us if you have any queries regarding this process.

How to apply

Applications for positions commencing September 2022 and 2023 have now closed.

Do you have any further queries?

Please contact our graduate recruitment team on +44 (0)345 073 9900, earlycareers@weightmans.com or by tweeting your question to @WeightmansJobs with the hashtag #askatrainee.