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 Singapore.

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.

If you have any queries please contact the graduate recruitment team via email at

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.

Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

Before starting a Training Contract, we ask all our future trainees to undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) course in London.

The route to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed. On 1 September 2021 the SRA introduced the ‘SQE’ which is a new compulsory assessment which will replace the current route to qualification - the Legal Practice Course (LPC). For more details on the SQE please click here. The SQE allows us to really tailor our training and development programme, so that it's directly in line with the work we do at Mayer Brown. We are continuing to work through our approach to the SQE and confirm our provider. We will ensure that we continue to provide a high quality training programme that best prepares our future trainees to professionally practice law.

Our current proposal is to transition our 2024 trainee cohort to the SQE route, whether you are a law or non-law graduate. We are currently working through finalising our transition plans/SQE Model. Please look out for further updates in due course.

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 SQE 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.

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 SQE during the year of study. We also provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 for the SQE.

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. You are not required to write a cover letter as that is no longer a part of our application process. Please make sure you thoroughly check your application for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Applications Open

London Training Contracts 2024: 11 November 2021


London Training Contracts 2024: 31 January 2022

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: Life at Mayer Brown Job Simulation

If your application form and online tests are successful, you’ll be asked to complete a 45-minute Mayer Brown trainee job simulation. This involves answering multiple choice, written and video interview questions based on various scenarios and tasks a Mayer Brown trainee will come across during their Training Contract.

How to Apply

Step 4: Assessment Days

If you are succssful at the trainee job simulation, you’ll be invited to an assessment day where you will be invited to take part in a variety of tasks. These include a written task, group task, fact find task and a final interview. Your experience at an assessment day will vary slightly depending on which position you apply for.

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