Work Experience at JMW Solicitors

JMW recognises that work experience is a great way for those at the start of their career to get a better understanding of the opportunities and options a legal career can offer. We also know it can be a great way for us to spot talented individuals who have great future potential.

We therefore welcome enquiries from those who are interested in undertaking a week’s work experience with us. 

If you would like to be considered for a work experience place, please email recruitment@jmw.co.uk attaching your CV and a covering letter. Please read the key information and FAQs below, prior to submitting your request.

Key Information

Annual Placement Dates

When

Where

How long

Open to

Places available

Deadline

February half term (usually second/third week)

Manchester

One week

Year 12 or 13

 

Up to 5

31 January

Easter holiday

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

28 February

London

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

(from 2023)

June – second and fourth week of month

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

30 April

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

July – second and fourth week of month

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

31 May

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

August – second and fourth week of month

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

30 June

Manchester

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

August – first and second week of month*

London

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

30 June

London

One week

Undergraduates/Graduates

Up to 5

30 June

October half term (usually last week)

Manchester

One week

Year 12 or 13

 

Up to 5

30 September

*further dates may be added, if there is a high level of demand from high calibre candidates.

Application Process

1. Please provide an up to date CV along with a covering letter which explains:

  • what attracts you to JMW Solicitors and the Manchester or London office in particular;
  • why you believe you would be a great candidate for JMW;
  • which area(s) of law you are most interested in; and
  • your most significant achievement (either academically or personally) to date. 

2. Please also confirm in your cover letter or application email:

  • that you have permission to work in the UK;
  • any existing connection you may have with JMW (please note that this is not an expectation or requirement);
  • that you are available for the work placement period; and
  • of your preferred week for the placement.

3. Upon receipt of the above, we will consider all applications. You may be invited to a short video call interview (this should no more than half an hour) to discuss your request further.

4. If you are successful, we will be in touch to confirm the dates of your work placement. If you are not successful, we contact you to let you know the outcome.​​​​​

Typical Format

  • You will be required to attend the office Monday to Friday, with core hours of 10:00 – 16:00 (one hour break for lunch).
  • On your first day you will be given a brief welcome induction, provided with any IT equipment you will need for the week and complete any relevant paperwork.
  • You will spend time with 1 – 2 specialist departments over the course of the week, to expose you to a range of work and enable you to experience the culture and values of JMW.
  • Part way through the week you will be invited to share lunch with others undertaking or supporting work experience, to share your experiences, connect and network.
  • Before the end of the week, a JMW Partner will invite you, and the rest of that week’s cohort, to have a coffee/Q&A session.
  • At the end of your time with us, we will ask you to provide us with some honest and constructive feedback to help us to constantly improve.​​​​​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a connection to the legal sector or JMW?

Not at all! We recognise the value of having as diverse a talent pool as possible and therefore we promote a culture which is inclusive and welcoming, and we are open to considering applications from all.

Do you offer placements to school years below years 12 and 13?

Not at the moment, but we are keeping that under consideration.

Can I be considered for more than one week of experience?

We will not usually consider offering experience to those who have already completed a placement with us, this is to enable us to keep spaces available to those who have not yet been able to do so. We will however consider this if there are exceptional circumstances.

Do you offer longer internships e.g. yearlong placements as part of a sandwich degree?

We do not usually currently offer placements of more than a week.

What is the dress code?

Like many businesses we have a fairly flexible approach, trusting our people to judge what is appropriate based on what they have on that day. Our dress code is generally business casual around our offices, but more formal business dress may be required if interacting with clients or attending court, for example. 

Will I be able to request experience in a particular specialist area?

We will do our very best to match your areas of interest with our places, but cannot guarantee that we will always be able to provide you with your first choice.

Will a period of work experience help me to secure a place as a Trainee Solicitor?

Anyone who wishes to apply to train and qualify with us will have to go through our formal application and selection process, however many of those who help us to select our future trainees also help to support our work experience programme, so making a great impression during any time with us can only be a good thing!

Do you offer placements in your Liverpool office?

We don’t usually host placements from this location because only a small number of colleagues are based there (specialising in Family Law) and our other locations can therefore provide a wider breadth of experience.

Apply

If you would like to be considered for a work experience place, please email recruitment@jmw.co.uk attaching your CV and a covering letter.