Legal Careers in London

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 the firm’s growth.

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 has proven to us and our colleagues that it is a firm which continues to strive to deliver exactly that.

Our London office recruits six trainees each year and offers a variety of training in our core practice areas including Tech & Life Sciences, Private Equity and Real Estate. 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.


Experienced Lawyers

We are looking for lawyers who have a desire to join us in building our brand and our business. We look for those with keen intellect and technical expertise, but also those who possess an entrepreneurial spirit. Joining Goodwin means joining a firm that can help you fulfil your potential while working in a collaborative, collegial environment.


Training Contracts

Our objective is to see you transition over the two-year period from a talented law student to a confident, professional lawyer. You will have the opportunity to rotate in our practice areas: Finance, Funds, Tax, Private Equity, Real Estate and Technology & Life Sciences. This ensures you will have the widest exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

You will satisfy the contentious requirement by attending an external course. Full sponsorship of the GDL and LPC fees, GDL maintenance grant £8,000 and LPC maintenance grant £10,000 per year of study.

Who are we looking for:

  • Entrepreneurial, aspirational and driven candidates.
  • You need a minimum of a 2:1 degree (gained or predicted) and AAB at A Level (35 in IB equivalent).
  • 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.

Training Contract 2023:

Applications for our 2023 Training Contracts are open from 1 January, 2021 to 31 July, 2021. Please click here to apply. Please click here for a reminder of our Recruitment Privacy Policy.

Vacation Scheme

We have up to 20 places available on our two summer Vacation Schemes, which will run in July 2021. We welcome applications from candidates at all universities in all degree disciplines. You can apply at any stage in your university career.

At Goodwin we’ll help you acquire the skills you need to be a successful lawyer. The 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 associates, attending client meetings, negotiations and business unit meetings. You will leave our programme with valuable mentors and a large professional and social network.

Applications for our 2021 Vacation Schemes are now closed.

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Meet the Team


  • Child Care Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Eye Test
  • Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Pension: contribution of 6% of your basic salary
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • 27 days’ holiday


Applications for 2022 Training Contract are now closed.

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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