Application process

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Our application process is very straightforward – an online application form consisting of CV style questions and a covering letter. This means there are no psychometric tests and no need to lie about the time you once rescued a mountain goat in the Himalayas. Please note, we do not accept applications via email and will only consider your application if you have applied online through cvMail.

Read either of the sections below to find out how to apply to Travers Smith.

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Vacation schemes


All applications will be processed after the deadline.

Once all applications have been processed interviews will be allocated. Please note our interview process will be held virtually and run by a senior member of our Graduate Recruitment panel.

Vacation scheme students will be paid £750 for the scheme.

Scheme dates

Winter scheme:

We will be running two one week in-person schemes at our office in London on the following dates:

  • 5 - 9 December 2022
  • 12 - 16 December 2022

Applications open on the 5 September 2022, and close on 9 October 2022.

Summer schemes:

Each Summer Vacation Scheme in 2023 will run for one week and will be in-person at our office in London on the following dates:

  • 19 - 23 June 2023
  • 26 - 30 June 2023
  • 3 - 7 July 2023

Applications open on the 10 October 2022 and close on 15 January 2023.

Training contracts


This year we will solely recruit for training contract 2025 from our vacation schemes. Applications for Direct Training Contracts will open in Spring 2024. Any updates will be available on our website and social media channels.

The direct training contract is a three stage process. Your first interview will be held virtually with a graduate recruitment partner or senior counsel. If you are successful you will be asked to complete two written assessments over the course of two weeks. If you are selected to attend a second interview this will be held with two further graduate recruitment partners and/or senior counsel at our London office.

We will pay your tuition fees while you study for the Law Foundations Course (if applicable) and the SQE. We also make a contribution towards your living expenses of £12,500 per year which is paid in instalments at the beginning of each term.

We are a Tier 2 sponsor and therefore able to sponsor work visas for trainees from time to time. This is, however, dependent on your personal circumstances.


1st year salary: £50,000
2nd year salary: £55,000
NQ salary: £105,000 (basic) and up to £120,500 (including firm wide bonus and other discretionary bonuses).

Additional benefits include:

27 days holiday, private medical insurance, life assurance, group income protection, pension scheme, critical illness cover, health screening, dental insurance, onsite physiotherapy, onsite massage, cycle to work scheme, subsidised gym membership and subsidised onsite café.

Important dates

10 October 2022
Summer Vacation Scheme applications open
15 January 2023
Summer Vacation Scheme applications close

Got everything you need to know?

Got everything you need to know?

Apply here.

If you have any questions, please contact

Nicole Alexander
Tara Davidson
George Russell
Germaine VanGeyzel
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