Discovering fresh talent for Brodies through our summer placement programme is a vital stepping stone for company growth. As graduate programme manager, it’s my responsibility to unearth the best applicants to join our firm as summer students. The process is meticulous, and it needs to be. We are searching for future legal stars; individuals who can express their personalities, display exemplary knowledge and who have an abundance of potential.

We are looking for people who can distinguish themselves, those who aren’t afraid to put their heads above the parapet. We receive many applications every year so it’s important to set the bar high and present yourself as eloquently as you can. Write an application we are going to remember.

How can you make sure your application steals our focus? There’s never one right answer to this, but here are five top tips to help you on your way:


  1.  Start by highlighting skills you believe might be transferrable to being a summer student. We aren’t expecting you to arrive as Suits’ Harvey Specter, but that doesn’t mean you don’t possess the makings of a great lawyer. It’s important to include any part-time work, sports activities, or hobbies and interests, particularly ones where you learned or applied skills that would be useful for a career in law
  2. Who are we? Take time to learn about our business and our people; it’s important to understand our core values and what we stand for as a firm. This will help to identify if and why we are the right choice for you. Ultimately, you may be offered a traineeship with us so it’s important that you assess whether Brodies is the right choice from the onset.
  3. It’s not all about legal jargon – and this is echoed in the supporting information section of our application form. Think about the other skills that will be appraised within the legal sector. What do you have to offer outside of the established skill set?
  4. Check, check and check again – first impressions are significant, so make sure your spelling and grammar are correct. Double check your application and if you’re not sure, ask someone else to check it for you. We are assessing whether you’d be a good fit from the moment we read your application. Make it count.
  5. Don’t tell us things you think we want to hear; keep it authentic. Captivate us with information and insights about the real you. There isn’t a set mould for a Brodies trainee, and that’s why our firm is made up of people who are individual, with their own unique talents, experiences and personalities. Let your qualities shine through in your application form.

To become one of our 2020 summer students, apply by midday on Monday 6 January 2020.