- 77 trainees globally
- 16 offices
- 22 of our partners trained with Kennedys
Our two-year training contract allows you to develop relevant experience and skills that will set you up in your career as a solicitor. During your training contract, you’ll complete four six-month seats in different teams across our core practice areas of insurance and reinsurance, liability defence and commercial.
We offer training to ensure that you are supported throughout your training contract. You’ll be given the opportunity to attend in-house and external seminars, whilst having access to a large array of online skills and technical learning via our learning management system.
The SQE is the new route to qualification for solicitors in England and Wales. Kennedys have partnered with BPP University, who offer a variety of courses to prepare candidates for the SQE. Before starting a Training Contract, we ask all of our future trainees to undertake the LLM SQE1&2 course at BPP, before sitting the SQE exams and we will fund your course fees and provide a maintenance grant during the study period. Non-law graduates will be required to complete a law conversion course and SQE preparation course prior to undertaking the SQE.
We offer training contracts in the following offices:
Kennedys also have opportunities for Bermudian law graduates looking to embark on their career by undertaking a training contract in London.
How to apply
Applications for our 2025 Training Contracts are now open and will close on 31 December 2023, please click here to apply.
Our two-year traineeship is based in our Edinburgh office and Glasgow office, working on a both Insurance and Liability cases. During your training, you will be allocated a supervisor who will conduct quarterly performance reviews with you to discuss progression and development and ensure you are working to achieve the Professional Education and Training Stage 2 (PEAT 2). More information about the PEAT 2 outcomes can be found here.
Before starting your traineeship, you must have completed a law undergraduate degree and completed the Diploma in Legal Practice. Kennedys will fund your course fees for the Diploma in Legal Practice and provide a maintenance grant during the study period.
More information about the Diploma in Legal Practice can be found here.
Applications for our 2025 traineeships are now open and will close on 31 December 2023, please click here to apply.
Dublin Training Contracts
Our two-year training contract, based in our Dublin office, will be the start of an exciting and successful career with a global law firm.
At Kennedys, you will gain early responsibility and client contact developing you into an excellent solicitor, capable of running your own caseload once qualified.
Throughout your training contract, you will be supported by senior solicitors and partners to develop you into a competent, confident and commercially driven lawyer.
Applications for our 2025 Dublin Training Contracts are now open and will close on 31 October 2023, please click here to apply.
Careers at Kennedys
Early careers - Training contracts and SQE