Join as a trainee and become a solicitor with our new fast track route to full qualification

Our Fast Track Excellence Training Contract gives you a route to full qualification and the chance to become a solicitor at White & Black. Our new fast route to full qualification as a solicitor starts here in Oxford in 2022.

The White & Black SQE training contract enables candidates from any undergraduate discipline to work and earn immediately after university. You can gain qualifying legal work experience with us while sitting the SQE1 and SQE2 exams to qualify as a solicitor.

We are, of course, still accepting applications from LPC students, please complete the same application form as for the SQE training contract.

What you get

  • Starting salary of £23k rising to £26k after SQE1 and £30k after SQE2*
  • Immediate training positions for exceptional candidates = qualify quicker
  • Fast track your legal career at a Chambers top tier ranked firm*
  • Flexible application/start dates with entry from any degree (not just law)
  • City quality work in Oxford alongside specialist leading lawyers**
  • Financial support for your SQE exams***up to £4k and paid study leave
  • Fantastic international client base – Kodak, MATCHESFASHION.COM & Virgin Active
  • Direct mentoring with senior partners and client contact from the start

What we need from you

  • Demonstrate a strong intellect & have excellent written and communication skills
  • Working towards 2:1 + in any degree discipline (unless mitigating circumstances apply)
  • Show an ability to act innovatively, think independently and work collaboratively
  • Have commercial savvy – to be ambitious and self-motivated
  • Want to become part of a team that is centred on excellence & collaboration
  • Desire to become a complete specialist not a ‘jack-of-all-trades’
  • An appetite to become a leading expert in Corporate, technology or IP
  • Have a broad range of life experience or interests

Click here to download and complete our SQE training contract application

Once completed, you can email this form to:

Selected candidates will be invited to an assessment day and if successful, progress to the interview stage. We will be holding assessment days on a quarterly basis and we encourage applicants to submit their applications throughout the year. Our first assessment day will be held on the Wednesday 26th January 2022.

Our approach to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) offers us a unique opportunity to craft a training contract experience that is fast, thorough and fair.

We encourage applications from both law and non-law students. We offer two years of qualifying work experience (QWE) which start once you pass your SQE 1. You can take the fast-track route to studying SQE1/2, work part-time or study full-time as suits you.

We believe that the best way to learn is through involvement in the business from the start – you can complete the SQE 1 while working at W&B as a paralegal and begin your QWE after your SQE 1.

Get involved in the business and learn to be business advisors who specialise in the law.

Our Fast Track Routes

Track 1
Complete your SQE 1 & 2 while working with us and begin your period of QWE after passing your SQE 1.

Track 2
Join us after completing your SQE 1 and begin your period of QWE while studying for your SQE 2.

Track 3
Complete your SQE 1 & 2 before you start your two-year full-time period of QWE with us.

Benefits in the heart of Oxford

White & Black is far from your traditional law firm. We extend our unique approach to our future lawyers which is why we are early adopters of the new SQE path to qualification. Our HQ is in Oxford (voted the No. 1 city in the UK for success and wellbeing) established 15 years ago, we have worked hard to create a new way of working within the law & to establish an excellent client following and strong team of specialists.

Located meters away from fantastic restaurants, historic pubs and chic bars with a flourishing arts scene and a huge variety of theatres, gig venues and museums, Oxford is a great place to be. Benefits include:

  • Corporate Gym Membership (gym of your choosing up to value of £50)
  • Health insurance package and accompanying ‘rewards’ scheme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Monthly team socials including film premiers, pizza Friday’s and cocktail evenings
  • Access to our cultural and arts partners across Oxford including benefit options
  • Discounted food and drink at a number of Oxford based cafés and restaurants
  • 25 days paid leave per year and a Pension scheme

Green Working

At White & Black, not only do we care deeply about ensuring ethical working practices and diversity in our workplace, but we are committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible working. Our beautiful Grade II listed office building contains heat pump technology, EV charging stations and an office garden along with locally sourced produce provided in the office kitchen, all helping ensure our ongoing commitment to green working. We are just a 10-minute walk from Oxford train station.

Diversity Commitment

White & Black is a signatory to The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

*  Salary will be pro-rata if you are working part-time.
** We are top ranked as a leading firm with leading individuals in both the Chambers Guide & Legal 500 directories and have been ranked within The Times Top 200 law firms.
*** White and Black will agree to cover the costs of the SQE 1 and SQE 2 exams. We do not currently cover the costs of the SQE 1 or SQE 2 exam preparation courses.

Equal Opportunities at White & Black

White & Black is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins) religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This includes any incidents of perceptive or associate discrimination and harassment.

Candidate Privacy Notice

White & Black Limited is a “data controller”. This means we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information when you apply to work with us. Our Candidate Privacy Notice tells you how and why we use your personal data as well as your data protection rights.

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