Join as a trainee and become a solicitor with our SQE Training Contract route to full qualification

Our SQE Training Contract gives you a straightforward route to full qualification and the chance to become a solicitor at White & Black. 

Please note applications for our 2024 & 2025 SQE Training Contracts are now closed. We will make our application form for 2026 available in the coming months.

We are always happy to hear from prospective applicants. Please email for more information.

What you get

  • Starting salary of £26k rising to £28k 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
  • Funding for professional qualifications and memberships
  • Pro-Bono opportunities
  • Seats across our practice areas, bespoke to fit your interests
  • 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

Our approach to the SQE

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.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.

Our training is designed to rapidly accelerate your legal career, putting you on the path to becoming a specialist from day one. That’s why in most cases, we require Trainees to carry out two years of Qualifying Work Experience at White & Black.

Application Process

  • After submitting your application form, successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day in February.
  • The assessment day will consist of a written task, group work and an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to meet some of our team.
  • Top candidates from the assessment day will be selected for a week’s internship at the firm, concluding with the training contract interview.

It is important that you are the right fit for us and that White & Black is the right fit for you. As such, we only offer training contracts after our candidates have conducted some work experience with us.

Application Tips

Do your research

It is key that you can demonstrate an understanding of who we are and what makes White & Black different to other law firms.

Be clear on why a career as a lawyer is right for you. If you already have skills that may be useful, make sure you tell us.

Get to know us via our website, Instagram and LinkedIn pages. We also have a podcast called WABchats.

Structure your answer and make good use of the wordcount

Clear and effective communication is a vital skill for a solicitor so make sure your answers are well structured and you have used the wordcount effectively.

Show us your personality

Be bold. What gets you up in the morning? The team at White & Black have many different interests and skills in addition to their legal prowess. We want to know what drives you and sets you apart from other candidates.

Be yourself, not who you think we want you to be and answer the questions honestly.

Tailor your application. Be specific.

We want to know why you have chosen White & Black for your training and not another law firm. Equally, you will need to persuade us that you are a good fit for the firm, so use examples wherever you can.


Attention to detail is a key skill and there’s no room for spelling or grammatical errors on an application form, especially getting our name wrong.

Ask someone to read your answers before submitting your application – they will almost always pick up on things you didn’t notice.

Our Routes to Qualification

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.

Meet our past trainees

Hear more about life as a Trainee at WAB from Ella Paskett.

Check out our Top Training Contract Tips for Applicants 

Be sure to follow us across social media to keep up to date with the Firm and training contract information.

Our Associates and current Trainees are always willing to answer your questions. We actively encourage you to reach out and find out more. See our Key People.

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
  • Health insurance package and accompanying ‘rewards’ scheme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Monthly team socials
  • 28 days paid leave per year, 2 paid cultural leave days 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.

Post Qualification

Each of our intakes is small and we hope our trainees will become the future partners of our firm. As such, we invest a lot of time and energy in recruiting and training each individual, looking for people who reflect our values and have an entrepreneurial attitude. Our retention rates are very good and we aim to retain 100% of our trainees. Everyone can bring something different to the table and we help guide our junior lawyers in identifying and developing their own personal brand and bespoke career path at White & Black. We also acknowledge the importance of a healthy work-life balance and support our lawyers and staff in making time for their extra-curricular pursuits and interests.

Diversity Commitment & Equal Opportunities

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.

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.

Click here to view our Candidate Privacy Notice.

*  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.