Frequently Asked Questions
Our frequently asked questions will hopefully answer any queries you have. However, please do get in touch with us if you have a question not covered below.
What is the minimum criteria for applications?
Applicants should have a minimum ABB at A level or equivalent and have gained or expect to gain a 2:1 or higher degree classification.
Do you still consider applicants that don’t meet the minimum criteria?
We consider the merits of all applications individually and will take into account mitigating circumstances.
Do you prefer candidates to come from a law or non–law degree background
We recruit from a broad range of degree backgrounds and welcome both graduate and undergraduate applications.
Do you offer visa sponsorship?
We offer visa sponsorship for training contracts but not for vacation schemes.
Do you mind where I do my SQE?
We have an exclusive arrangement with The University of Law for the provision of the SQE to our future trainees, but we do not mind if you have already completed it elsewhere.
What is the recruitment process for training contracts?
Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed by the graduate recruitment panel. Candidates will then be shortlisted and invited to attend an assessment day and if you are successful at this stage, you will be invited back for a second round interview. Please note that both the assessment days and second round interviews will take place in July and August and candidates will be advised as to what to expect prior to attending them.
What is the recruitment process for the vacation scheme?
Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed by the graduate recruitment panel. Candidates will then be shortlisted and invited to attend an assessment day. Please note that there is only one stage to this process and that candidates will be advised as to what to expect prior to attending one of the assessment days.
Do you offer financial assistance?
If you are offered a training contract, we will sponsor you through the SQE and provide you with a maintenance grant of £8,000 per year of study from the date of your offer. We do not sponsor students retrospectively.
Can Forsters paralegals apply for the training contract?
Forsters paralegals are welcome to apply for our training contract, however they must have passed their probation by the application deadline.
Do you hold open days?
Open days are held at intervals throughout the year. Any planned open days will be advertised on the 'Open Days' page.
How does our seat rotation work?
Our trainees undertake six seats during their two year training contract.
Given the nature of our business, trainees are encouraged to complete a seat in both Tax, Trusts and Estates (TTE) and Commercial Real Estate (CRE). It is compulsory to complete a seat in either TTE or CRE. In accordance with SRA guidelines, all of our trainees are required to undertake a contentious seat in one of our contentious teams: Dispute Resolution, Property Litigation, Family or Contentious Construction. Trainees may be able to complete a second contentious seat but this is subject to business needs and cannot be guaranteed.
Our trainees will typically spend their final seat rotation in the team into which they will qualify, meaning that trainees will generally have eight months’ of experience within that team at the point of qualification.
Will I get a choice as to which seats I undertake as part of my training contract?
As noted above, all of our trainees are guaranteed to spend time in either Commercial Real Estate or Trusts, Tax and Estates, as well as a contentious seat.
Whilst we do our best to take account of each trainee’s preferences when deciding on seat rotations, our seat rotations are ultimately driven by business needs. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any trainee will be able to spend time in a particular team. In particular, we are unable to guarantee that trainees will be able to undertake more than one contentious seat.
We've collated some of our recent Graduate Recruitment themed podcasts below to help provide further information about life at Forsters, what it's really like training with us, and how to go about completing your application.