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 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.
I need a work permit to work in the U.K. Will this affect my application?
The law states that in order to obtain a work permit on your behalf, Forsters would have to prove that we had been unable to recruit somebody with a ‘resident worker’ status. Although we consider all applications individually, applicants should note that we receive many applications from ‘resident workers’ that match our requirements as a firm.
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 £6,000 per year of study from the date of your offer. We do not sponsor students retrospectively.
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.
We guarantee that every trainee will have the opportunity to undertake a seat in each of our two largest practice areas: Commercial Real Estate and Trusts, Tax and Estates. In addition, 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.
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 Commercial Real Estate, Trusts, Tax and Estates and 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.