London Graduate Recruiting

You Can't Predict Your Future, But At Goodwin, We Can Help You Create It.

The key message that we emphasise to all of our Vacation Scheme students and trainees is that Goodwin supports those with aspirations, an entrepreneurial spirit and a belief that they can contribute to our clients' success. 

As a future trainee, knowing why you want to enter a career in law is important. Equally important is starting your career at the right firm—one that goes beyond all expectations and offers opportunity and career development. Goodwin is a firm which continues to strive to deliver exactly that.

Our London office recruits up to 14 trainees each year. Our lawyers are experienced in the Life Sciences, TechnologyReal Estate and Private Equity sectors and are supported by significant on-the-ground capabilities in debt financing, intellectual property, data, privacy and cybersecurity, regulatory, restructuring, tax and complex litigation and dispute resolution. Our size and continued growth allow us to offer trainees and associates increased responsibility and meaningful client contact from the outset. We work in small teams, which gives our lawyers the opportunity to work directly with, and be mentored by, senior colleagues, and to develop a network that will be an invaluable part of their future career development.

If you are interested in starting your career at Goodwin, we would encourage you to read on and to apply for a place on our Vacation Scheme or training contract programme.


Vacation Scheme

At Goodwin we’ll help you acquire the skills you need to be a successful lawyer. Our Vacation Scheme provides real insight into what it is like to train and work at Goodwin and it allows us to get to know you better. You will witness first-hand the work we do for our clients by shadowing partners and associates, attending client meetings, participating in negotiations and departmental meetings.

You will leave our programme with valuable mentors and a large professional and social network.

Save the Date: Summer 2022 Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 1 November 2021
Closing date: 15 January 2022
Vacation Scheme: July 2022


Training Contract

Our objective is to see you transition over the two-year period from a talented law student to a professional lawyer. You will have the opportunity to rotate in our practice areas: Life Sciences, Private Equity, Private Investment Funds, Real EstateTechnology, tax, and complex litigation and dispute resolution.

This ensures you will have the widest exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). 

If necessary, you will satisfy the contentious requirement by attending an external course.

Save the Date: Training Contract 2024

Applications open: 1 January 2022
Closing date: 30 June 2022

Who are we looking for:

  • Entrepreneurial, aspirational and driven candidates.
  • We welcome applications from candidates at all universities in all degree disciplines.
  • You can apply at any stage in your university career, except during your first year at undergraduate level.


Our Perspectives

Rewards and Benefits


Goodwin offers highly competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package designed to help you balance your work and family life.  

First year salary: £52,000
Second year salary: £57,000


  • 27 days’ holiday
  • Gym subsidy
  • Cycle to Work, with onsite lockers and shower facilities
  • Private Medical Insurance 
  • Dental Insurance
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Virtual GP
  • Pension contribution of 6% of your basic salary 
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Eye Test
  • Group Income Protection

Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity in our law firm and in the legal profession. We are also committed to an inclusive environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. Diversity, Equity + Inclusion are core to our business and our values, and our Chairman-led Inclusion Advisory Committee ensures that we make our efforts in this area a top priority.

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Pro Bono

Very often those who most need legal representation can least afford to pay for it. Whether it’s guidance on housing, immigration, criminal defense or small business development, free and reliable legal counsel can make real and lasting changes in people’s lives and livelihoods. That’s why pro bono work is one of the cornerstones of our firm.

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