Application and selection process

CareersGraduateApplication and selection process

The selection process for a training contract at BDB is similar to other firms, an online application form and test followed by a assessment centre process.

Application process

Applications open on 1 December 2017 for Summer Placements in 2018 and Training Contracts to start in 2020.

Your application needs to be made online and the form can be accessed through the Apply Here link. You are asked to register and then set out your personal details, education, employment history and achievements. In addition, you need to answer a number of competency and career motivation questions to demonstrate your suitability for a summer placement and/or training contract with us.

It is the same application form for both summer placement and training contracts and you can apply for a summer placement and training contract together in one application, or a training contract only. We only accept applications that are completed on our online application form.

The deadline for our Summer Placement Programme is 31 January and for a training contract our deadline is 30 June each year.

After you submit your application, you will be emailed a link to a Situational Judgement Test which must be completed before the deadline in order for your application to be considered.

The assessment process is conducted by the graduate recruitment panel consisting of a number of partners and senior lawyers from all our practice departments and HR. The firm uses various assessment tools including panel interviews, written exercises and a group exercise.

The timetable for conducting assessments is very tight and unfortunately we are unable to assess you for a training contract on alternative dates.

 

What we look for

We are looking for well-rounded candidates with high professional standards, who can demonstrate commercial awareness, drive to deliver quality results, effective teamwork and communication skills, and enthusiasm for a career in law. We recruit people whom we hope will have a successful future with the firm after qualifying.

Our selection process is designed around our trainee solicitor competency framework and assesses the following competencies:

  • Communicating effectively (oral and written)
  • Planning and organising
  • Team work and personal impact
  • Drive to deliver quality results
  • Client focus
  • Developing knowledge and skills

In addition, we are looking for ambitious individuals who are passionate about a career in law and enthusiastic about the opportunities BDB can offer.

Successful candidates favour influencing over confrontation, are genuinely interested in all kinds of people and issues, and relish a challenge. They have a positive attitude with the confidence and skills to get on with our diverse range of clients – from multinationals and politicians to landed gentry and charities. We hope our trainees won’t just be here to train but to take our success forward, so it is important that successful candidates are ambitious, forward-looking and have leadership potential.

We are equally happy to recruit trainees with law or non-law degrees, but you should have achieved a 2:1 in your degree. We are interested in recent graduates as well as candidates who have had experience in other areas and may be coming to law as a second career. You should also have a history of achieving above average academic grades, we look for a minimum of 320 UCAS points. If you do not have 320 UCAS points due to mitigating circumstances and still wish to apply, you should explain these in your online application. Please be advised that your course tutor may be asked to back up your mitigating circumstances.

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