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Eligibility


We welcome applications for our summer placement from anyone who is on track to receive a 2.1 or higher in Scots Law or who is studying the Accelerated LLB at any university. If you don’t meet this criteria and you have mitigating circumstances, then you will have the opportunity to explain this in your application and we will take this into account.

You will be eligible to apply if you are in at least your third year of your LLB or if you are in your first year of the accelerated LLB.

The process

If you have any questions before you start about your eligibility or any stage of process just get in touch with our Graduate Recruitment team who will be happy to help you.

We use a contextual recruitment system from Rare throughout our application and selection process. This helps us to better understand your achievements in the context of your background.

We are committed to making our recruitment processes as inclusive as we can. We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process to make sure you are able to do your best. It can be difficult to talk about a disability or long term health condition but our Graduate Recruitment team are here to support you – please get in touch to discuss what we can do for you.

E – gradrecruitment@burnesspaull.com

1. Your application

To apply for a summer placement place you will have to complete an online application form. It is a competitive process and so use your application form as your opportunity to stand out from other candidates and show us your potential.

We’re looking for ambitious people who are attracted to our hard-working, team culture and who have a willingness to learn and develop. Take some time to get to know the firm, the work we do and think about why we are the right firm for you.

We don't require you to have legal work experience but we are looking for you to demonstrate that you have the skills and qualities that it takes to have a career in commercial law. You should use the experiences you have as examples of why you think you are suited to the career and what attracts you to pursuing this at Burness Paull.

We also want to get to know you, what motivates you and what you are passionate about. Let us know about what you like to do outside of your studies and work.

Attention to detail is crucial as a lawyer, your application form is your first chance to show us this skill and so make sure to check your application thoroughly before you submit it.

2. Aptitude tests

If you are successful after the application stage, we will ask you to complete some online tests. The tests will assess your verbal, numerical and diagrammatic skills. We take an overall average of the results of these test, taking into account that people have different areas of strengths.

3. Assessment centre

If you are successful after testing, we will invite you to an assessment centre. The prospect can be daunting but we will try our best to make you comfortable so we see the best you.  The day is made up of a few different elements, explained in a little more detail below. It is likely that we will be hosting online assessment centres this year.

Aptitude tests – you will be asked to complete a more in-depth version of the testing you will have already completed.

Interview - you will have an interview with a partner and a member of the HR team. The interview will last around an hour and a half and will be split into two parts;

- The case study – we will ask you to read a short case study and prepare a research note on the topic, which you will discuss with us in the interview. You will be given the case ahead of the assessment centre so you have time to research and prepare your answer. We are looking to see how you research, how you write and how you present your ideas. We will also be looking to see how you engage in a discussion about the topic – be prepared to be challenged on your views. We aren’t trying to trick you, we just want to see how your mind works.

- The application and competency discussion – the other part of the interview will be our chance to find out more about you and your chance to find out more about us. We will ask you questions about your studies and experiences so far so we can get a better sense of your motivations, skills and your personality. You will also have the chance to ask us some questions, so have a think about what you would like to know.

You will also get the chance to network with some of the partners and trainees at the firm. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the firm and what it is like to work here.

After the assessment centre


We try to make our hiring decisions as quick as we can and we will call you as soon as possible to let you know the outcome of your assessment centre. We will give feedback to everyone who attends one of our assessment centres.