The Application Process

Application form

The first step is to complete our online application form, either for one of our Summer Schemes or a standalone Assessment Centre. The application form provides us with basic information about your qualifications and work experience. You will also be asked some questions to elaborate on your skills and experience. All of this information will help us decide if you show the potential to be an Ashfords trainee.

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Critical thinking test

If your application is shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a Critical Thinking exercise and we will use these scores, in conjunction with your application, to determine whether you will be offered a place on a Summer Scheme or Assessment Centre.

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Summer Scheme

If you would like to find out what really makes Ashfords a great place to train, why not apply for our Bristol or Exeter Summer Scheme?

Spending a week at either our Exeter or Bristol office, you will have the opportunity to meet our people and get a taste of some challenging yet rewarding trainee work, across three different departments. During the week, you will have the opportunity to secure a Training Contract with the firm by participating in an assessment centre. To round things off, on the final day you will participate in a range of workshops, activities and a networking lunch.

Helping Hands

Remember, a great lawyer is more than just A*s!

Yes, good academics are important, but they’re not everything! Throughout our process, we’re looking for you to demonstrate some other really important skills. Excellent communication and attention to detail are a given, so to really stand out from the crowd, we want you to show us a commercial mindset, adaptability, creative thinking and the ability to form insights and solutions in response to a given situation or challenge.

Above all, we value authenticity. Throughout our application process, we want to get to know you as an individual and, in doing so, understand the unique contribution you can make to our business.

Dates for your diary

Summer Schemes

Exeter summer scheme 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 June 2024

Exeter summer scheme 2: Monday 10 - Friday 15 June 2024

Bristol: Monday 17 June - Friday 22 June 2024

Assessment centres

Exeter: Tuesday 25 June 2024

Bristol: Thursday 27 June 2024

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Contact us

If you have any queries, or if you are interested in finding out more about training at Ashfords, please click below to contact our Trainee Recruitment team.

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