Training Contracts & Vacation Placements – Paris Smith

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Training Contracts & Vacation Placements - Paris Smith


Paris Smith provides the full range of legal services to businesses, organisations and individuals. Our purpose is to help our clients thrive, and to navigate the challenges and opportunities life throws.


We currently recruit 5 or 6 trainee solicitors each year and have 4 vacation placement opportunities.

We welcome applications from students who have taken a non-law degree as well as those who have studied law with a strong academic background and at least a 2.1 honours degree.

We usually recruit trainees up to two years ahead of the starting date for their training contract, as we recognise that many candidates look for the security of having a training contract in place before committing to their post graduate legal courses. We sometimes recruit within a shorter time period, for example if it is decided that the firm can accommodate extra trainees. We suggest that your application states the year in which you are applying to start a training contract, but if appropriate also states that you could join us earlier.

The deadline for training applications (using the form at the end of this page) in 2023 (for 2025 training contracts) is 5pm on the 6 June 2023.

We aim to send invitations to those candidates who have been selected to our assessment day by 13 June 2023. Our assessment day will be held in a morning or afternoon session and will consist of an introduction to the firm, a group exercise and a short written exercise. Candidates who are successful following our assessment day will be invited back for interview. Our assessment days will be held on 28 and 29 June and interviews will typically be around two weeks after the assessment day.

In considering applications we take account of academic achievements and the standard of degree likely to be obtained but also a genuine desire for a career in the profession and an interest in working and living locally. We place great importance on good interpersonal skills in the context of both the workplace and client care.

We are looking for trainees who combine intellectual ability with practical common sense. Our aim is to continue to recruit trainees who upon qualification will wish to continue as valued members of the firm.


Paris Smith LLP operate an annual vacation scheme to give both law and non-law graduates the opportunity of experiencing the daily life of the firm. The current vacation scheme offered is for 1 week and the scheme operates in June and July each year. The deadline for applications is the 31st March each year. For vacation placements we select on the basis of application and CV only.


If interested in these roles follow link to apply:

Location: 1 London Road, Southampton, SO14 2JL

CLOSING DATE: 25 August 2023