Training Contract (UK)

Program Overview

A Training Contract is your opportunity to put your knowledge to use in a professional setting. Over two years, London trainees can tailor their Training Contracts to include a range of seats. Whatever you choose, our graduate recruitment team will ensure that your selection meets the firm’s and the SRA’s requirements.

Details of the Program

As well as completing rotations across our core practice areas, we also offer exciting secondment opportunities. You could choose to take a client secondment in the UK or travel further afield to one of our international offices in Hong Kong or Chicago.

To fast-track your development, in each of your four seats you’ll share an office with a partner or senior associate who will supervise your progress.

Development & Perks

During your Training Contract, you’ll attend legal training and workshops specific to each practice area you’re working in and participate in practice group meetings where recent legal developments and updates are discussed. You’ll also be invited to attend briefing sessions given by professional support lawyers on key legal developments and in-house databases.

We provide you with the guidance and support you need throughout your two years. At the end of each seat and at the end of your first year, your supervisor will give you an appraisal to ensure your personal development and progress is tracked.

The Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Before starting a Training Contract, we ask all our future trainees to attend our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP in London.

Developed in collaboration with lawyers, the LPC includes elective modules, such as US law, as well as training designed to improve your negotiation and research skills. 

To make sure you feel like part of Mayer Brown from day one, you’ll have regular contact with the firm. On top of regular social events with the other LPC students, you’ll be invited to presentations given by partners and associates from different practice areas and have career development 1-to-1s with our graduate recruitment team.

The course is primarily structured around core and elective modules. You’ll be required to complete all three core modules: Financial and Business Skills, Advocacy and Communication Skills, and Client Care and Professional Standards. You must also complete four elective modules from a choice of the following: Introduction to the City, Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Presentation Skills, and Trainee Development Center. 

Throughout the Trainee Development Center, you can develop your client handling skills through completion of a live project. Here, you will improve your self-awareness, project management, business acumen and collaboration skills, as well as learn how to build your professional reputation. 

On top of your modules, you will also attend the Professional Skills Course, which will ensure that your training fully prepares you to professionally practice law.

What We Offer


We offer a range of benefits including an on-site GP, 25 days’ annual leave, childcare vouchers, access to life insurance and automatic enrolment to the firm’s Contributory Pension Plan

Once you’ve accepted a Training Contract with us, we’ll pay your course fees for the LPC and GDL during the year of study. We also provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 for the LPC. The GDL when studied in London remains £7,000. If you choose to study the GDL outside of London, the maintenance grant will be £6,000.

How to Apply

Step 1: Starting Your Application

We’ll ask you to provide some personal information, including your educational background and any relevant work experience that you have. Don’t worry if you haven’t completed any legal work experience—we’re interested in any experience where you can demonstrate transferable skills. Please make sure you thoroughly check your application for any spelling or grammatical errors.


London Training Contracts 2024: 31 January 2021

How to Apply

Step 2: Online Tests

Alongside your application form you’ll need to complete two online tests – a Verbal Reasoning Test and a Situational Strengths Test. To progress to the next stage of the application process, you’ll need to meet or surpass our benchmark scores for each of these tests.

The Verbal Reasoning Test measures your verbal comprehension skills with five distinct modules: dexterity, comprehension, reasoning, interpretation and adaptability. Each module has four questions, making 20 questions in total.

You can answer five practice Verbal Reasoning questions here.

The Situational Strengths Test uses a set of realistic scenario-based questions to establish how certain situations might make you feel, behave and react. Your responses will be scored in relation to traits that will help you succeed at Mayer Brown.

You can answer five practice Situational Strengths questions here.

How to Apply

Step 3: Telephone Interview

If your application form and online tests are successful, you’ll be asked to complete a brief 20-minute strengths-based telephone interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team.

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Step 4: Assessment Days

If your telephone interview is successful, you’ll be invited to an assessment day where you will be invited to take part in a variety of tasks. Your experience at an assessment day will vary slightly depending on which position you apply for.

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