FAQs

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This section contains a series of questions that may help you when thinking about submitting an application to us. These questions cover a variety of areas such as information on the firm, the application process and how to apply for other recruitment opportunities at Ince & Co. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here or require further information then please contact graduate.recruitment@incelaw.com who will be able to assist.

1. How many traineeships do you offer?
2. What is the application process and deadlines for the Trainee Recruitment Placement Scheme and traineeships?
3. Who should I address my covering letter to?
4. Do you pay the LPC and GDL fees?
5. Should I apply if I don’t meet the academic requirements?
6. Do you take on non-law students?
7. Do you take on mature applicants?
8. Do you keep in contact with trainees before they join the firm?
9. Do trainees socialise outside work?
10. Do you attend law fairs?
11. Would an LLM help my application?
12. Your application form asks for an academic referee, would you accept a non-academic referee instead?
13. Do you consider applications from candidates with degrees from countries outside the UK?
14. Are you able to sponsor visas for international students?
15. Do you have training opportunities at the international offices?
16. Do you employ paralegals?

How many traineeships do you offer?
Up to 10 each year.

What is the application process and deadlines for the Trainee Recruitment Placement Scheme and traineeships?
We’ve outlined the application process and deadlines for the trainee recruitment placement scheme and training contracts however if you have any further questions please get in touch.

Who should I address my covering letter to?
Please address your letter to Jennifer Watson, Recruitment and Resourcing Manager.

Do you pay the LPC and GDL fees?
Yes, we pay fees for future trainees for both the LPC and GDL and provide a maintenance grant while you are studying towards these courses. We will also reimburse these fees for those who have already finished studying at the point of starting a training contract.

Should I apply if I don’t meet the academic requirements?
Only if you have strong mitigating circumstances; otherwise, we are looking for a minimum 2:1 degree and AAB at A Level. Where you are only slightly below the academic benchmark we may still be able to progress your application where other areas of your application are strong.

Do you take on non-law students?
About 50% of our fee-earners did a subject other than law. We welcome applications from non-law students. If candidates can show a high level of achievement in any subject, combined with a commitment to the law and the right competencies then their application will be of interest to us.

Do you take on mature applicants?
Yes. In the past we have recruited trainees who have had significant prior work experience. We are particularly interested in applicants who are embarking on a second career after a career in an area of work in which the firm specialises.

Do you keep in contact with trainees before they join the firm?
Yes. The recruitment team has regular contact with the future trainees prior to them joining the firm. We can also set up work placements in gap years with our international offices, clients or contacts of the firm where possible. During the October before your start date, we’ll enrol you onto our Buddy Scheme. This scheme pairs up each new trainee joiner with a current first year trainee who acts as a point of contact and source of advice during the year before your start date and throughout your training contract.

Do trainees socialise outside work?
Ince is a very sociable firm. Teams working on cases often go out for lunch or after work drinks. The Ince social calendar is always full and our monthly get togethers are extremely popular with everyone. You can read more in the Best of Ince section of the site.

Do you attend law fairs?
Yes. A member of our graduate recruitment team and a trainee will be attending law fairs across the country.

Would an LLM help my application?
If you are genuinely interested in doing an LLM, then you should do so. While an LLM may, in some cases, be an indicator of an individual candidate’s aptitude, it will never be a determining factor in the selection process.

Your application form asks for an academic referee, would you accept a non-academic referee instead?
No. We only accept academic referees, even if you have not been in education for some time. This is because we are interested in your academic ability.

Do you consider applications from candidates with degrees from countries outside the UK?
Yes, we do. If you have a degree from outside the UK and wish to undertake a traineeship in order to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, you will need to apply to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for a certificate of academic standing and complete the GDL and LPC. Further information regarding how to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales can be found on the SRA’s website (www.sra.org.uk).

Are you able to sponsor visas for international students?
Yes. If you need sponsorship to be able to complete a training contract in the UK we will be able to sponsor your application for a visa. This is something the recruitment team would discuss in more detail with you after being offered a training contract.

Do you have training opportunities at the international offices?
At present we offer training contracts and placement schemes at our London and Hong Kong offices. There may however be ad hoc opportunities at our other international offices. For more information on what might be available please contact us at recruitment@incelaw.com

Do you employ paralegals?
Yes. If you would be interested in a paralegal position, please visit here to see a list of our current vacancies.