Experience life at Hugh James | Open Day 2019

If you wanted to know what it is like to work for Hugh James,
our annual open day could be the insight you have been looking for.

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We're the perfect place for you to start your career in law

We are the perfect place for you to start your career in law, with training opportunities for graduates and those who are still studying. We look for highly motivated individuals with an excellent academic record, common sense, good communication skills and commercial awareness.

But it’s not all about education. We work in a friendly environment and like our staff to feel at ease with our culture so we value social skills and a good sense of humour.

Because of the commitment to offering some of the best training available, we recruit two years in advance. Our overriding objective is to retain our trainees as solicitors and we are proud to say that many of our present partners were trained at the firm and are now leaders in their field.

Annual Open Day 2019

If you wanted to know what it is like to work for Hugh James, our annual open day could be the insight you have been looking for.

 

Summer placement scheme

If you are at least a second year undergraduate student, enrolled on the GDL or have completed your studies, you can apply for our summer placement scheme.

This two-week placement is an integral part of our recruitment process and is our preferred route to a training contract. This experience provides insight into the life of a trainee at Hugh James across a variety
of departments. 

You will benefit from your own mentor, usually a current trainee solicitor, so you’ll have a go-to person for any of your queries.

This award winning scheme is very popular and fills up fast. At the end of your placement, you will be invited to interview for a training contract with us. 

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Period of recognised training

Our training contracts are for those of you who are looking to become solicitors.

You will have the opportunity to work alongside our current solicitors in up to four different seats, each lasting six months, across a variety of practice areas. 

During your training contract, you will have a dedicated supervisor and regular appraisals to make sure you’re getting the most from your training.

We consider applications from all ages and backgrounds with a 2:1 degree as a minimum (unless there is good reason for a 2:2 degree being awarded).

Applications from non-law graduates are welcomed too if you are currently taking, or have completed, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

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Trainee insight

There are many questions we are regularly asked about our graduate options but we think it’s best coming from the people who have experienced it first hand. Anna McCarthy, a 2017 trainee, answers your FAQs.


Why should I choose Hugh James?
 
How much responsibility will I have?
 
What is the working environment like?
 
What is the social life like? 
 

Your social life will be busy! On the first day of your training contract, you are taken out for lunch by the second year trainees and have drinks in the evening with the partners. From then on, there are regular opportunities to socialise.
The average yearly intake is around 10 trainees which provides a great social side to the training contract. With so many trainees, there is guaranteed to be an occasion such as a birthday which needs celebrating or a general drink and catch up in one of the many bars in Cardiff. This is a great opportunity to socialise with other members of your department and get to know people on a personal level

 

 

Professional
placement year

We have been offering a professional placement year to law under graduates from Cardiff University since 2016. The firm’s relationship with Cardiff University has been cultivated and developed over more than ten years. The placement initiative is designed to support student learning and enhance employability skills as part of a work placement programme for law students.