We require a minimum 2:1 degree and AAB at A-level. 

We do look at every application we receive, but of course academic qualifications are important.

We would like you to let us know if you attended a secondary school that would be recognised as particularly disadvantaged – for example, one with an average A-level points score of below 240 points on the UCAS tariff.

No, we do not offer a summer placement programme. However we do run two vacation schemes in the spring of each year. 

No: we simply look for talented people with potential, wherever (and whatever) they have studied. We believe in diversity and feel it contributes to the firm's distinctive character. Russell-Cooke lawyers come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Our interview process gives you the chance to get under our skin (and vice versa).

We invite selected applicants for two interviews:

  • a first 'getting to know you' interview with one or two senior people at the firm.
  • for those who are shortlisted, a second interview involving a group session and a chance to show how you would cope with actual casework. You'll also meet our current trainees, look round our offices and have the chance to put your questions to the partner in charge of trainees.

No. One of the reasons we do not use personality tests is that we are not seeking to recruit a single personality type. The varied work we do creates opportunities for a wide range of personalities and aptitudes.

The final decision is ours. But we put a lot of effort into discussing trainees' own preferences and aptitudes with them, in the light of what is available and commercially feasible at any particular point.

Yes. In return, we ask you to keep a reasonably open mind about the seats you occupy. Whichever departments you work in, you can be sure of acquiring the generic legal skills that will serve you well throughout your career.

It's actually not a bad idea to move outside your 'comfort zone' for a while. Many of our trainees find that their initial preferences change during their training contract, and some develop unexpected enthusiasms for types of work that would not have previously featured in their plans.

You will need (often quite rapidly) to acquire a range of skills and adapt to different working environments, even within a single department. You will have to learn how to tailor your advice to the fee budget of different clients, and develop the confidence to make and back your own judgements.