Application process

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Our application process is very straightforward – a CV accompanied by a short 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.

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.

Scheme dates

Winter scheme:

13-17 December 2021 - this will be a one week virtual scheme. A day in the office on 6 December is confirmed but not compulsory, so please be aware of this date.

Applications open on the 6 September 2021, close on 10 October 2021, and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summer schemes:

3 Schemes across June and July, with exact dates to be confirmed in January 2022.

Applications will open on 11 October 2021, and will close on 17 January 2022. 

Update: Each Summer Vacation Scheme in 2022 will run for one week and will be an in-person scheme at our office in London. Vacation scheme students will be paid £750 for the scheme.

The exact dates of each scheme are: 20  June – 24 June, 27 June – 1 July, and 4 July – 8 July.

We understand that due to the current Covid-19 situation some of you may be more cautious than others about attending in person schemes, therefore, if there are enough requests, one of the in-person schemes may be held virtually. Although this will be solely based on demand.

Training contracts


This year we will largely recruit for training contract 2024 from our vacation schemes. Any spaces that are available after the vacation schemes will be filled by direct training contract applicants. This direct training contract process will open in August 2022, only to the extent there remain any available spaces after our winter and summer vacation schemes. Any updates will be available on our website and social media channels.

We are currently recruiting for our September 2024/March 2025 intake and welcome applications from law and non-law students.

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 Graduate Diploma in Law (if applicable) and the Legal Practice Course. We also make a contribution towards your living expenses of £10,000 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: £100,000 (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

Training contract applications open
Training contract applications close

We are sorry to inform you but following the outcome of our summer vacation schemes, we will not be opening the application process for Training Contracts commencing in September 2023.

We will welcome applications for our Winter 2021 and Summer 2022 Vacation Schemes from 1 October, which will feed into the 2024 Training Contract. Thank you for your interest in Travers Smith and we do hope you apply in the coming year.

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If you have any questions, please contact

Nicole Alexander
Tara Davidson
Germaine VanGeyzel
Tiff Wiltsher
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