Our Application Process

This process is applicable only if you are interested in joining our London office.

We want to make applying to us as straightforward as possible. So, below, you’ll find the four-stages of our process. If you’re thinking of applying for a Vacation Scheme, Training Contract or Solicitor Apprenticeship programme, you’ll find everything you need to know about each step of the process.

Application Form

You’ll be asked to provide some personal information, including your educational background and any relevant work experience that you have. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t completed any legal work experience – just include any experiences where you can demonstrate transferable skills. Please make sure you thoroughly check your application for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Online Tests

With your application form you’ll need to complete two online tests – a Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT) and a Situational Strengths Test (SST). You’ll need to meet our required benchmarks for each of these tests for your application to progress to the next stage of the process.

Verbal Reasoning Test (VRT)

This measures your ability to engage with and respond to verbal information in the workplace. It includes five distinct modules: Dexterity, Comprehension, Reasoning, Interpretation and Adaptability. There are 20 questions in total (four per module).

You can answer five questions from a VRT practice test here.

Situational Strengths Test (SST)

You’ll be asked to match your typical reactions, feelings or behaviours against a realistic scenario-based set of questions. Responses will be mapped against the strengths required to be successful here at Mayer Brown.

You can answer five questions from an SST practice test here.

Telephone Interview

If you’re successful during the initial application stages (application form and online tests), you’ll be asked to complete a brief 20 minute strengths based telephone interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team.

Assessment Days

If your telephone interview is successful, you’ll be invited to a day consisting of the following assessments. Your experience will vary slightly depending on which position you’re applying for.


Please note that we operate a blind CV policy, which means that your assessors will only know your name and degree subject. We won’t disclose any details of your educational background or work experience. The only exception is for the Solicitor Apprenticeship programme, when we do inform assessors of the year which A-levels (or equivalent) were completed. This policy limits any risk of unconscious bias and also provides a great platform for you to stand out to our assessors.

What happens next?

We’ll aim to communicate the result of the assessment day to you as soon as possible. This is usually within five working days, however during busy periods it can be slightly longer.

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