Students & Graduates
Finding a law firm offering both the legal training and the career opportunities you deserve is very important. Tozers can offer you top-quality, complex work for a nationwide client base, whilst maintaining a balance between work and home life. Exeter is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.
At Tozers, we build our success from within by supporting our graduates through training and helping them to develop a successful and fulfilling career with us. Over a fifth of our current partners joined Tozers as trainee solicitors so we understand that our graduates are the future of our firm and we are dedicated to ensuring their success. We aim to retain as many of our trainees as possible on qualification.
What will training with Tozers be like?
Training with Tozers will be both challenging and rewarding. Most trainees experience four key areas of law, spending six months on each. In whichever specialism you hope to develop a career, training with Tozers will give you the stimulating work and early responsibility needed to excel. You will be supported by our training partner, the partner who leads the team in which you are training and your ‘buddy’ who will help you with the basic questions that everyone has when starting a new role. We put your preferences and abilities at the heart of our training process and will be as flexible as we can to ensure that your training schedule is personalised to suit you.
What we are looking for
We have maintained our position as one of the top ranked law firms in the South West by being thoughtful legal partners, ensuring that our clients are always our focus. To continue our success, we are looking for graduates who can put themselves in our clients’ shoes, understand the challenges they face and work with our clients to create effective, pragmatic solutions. We are looking for academically strong problem-solvers who communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
We prefer our applicants to have attained (or be expecting) a 2:1 or above at degree level. Ideally you will have achieved A, B, B or above at A-Level. We understand, however, that not everything goes according to plan! There is no perfect formula for a Tozers’ trainee and, in the end, what we look for is someone we think will adapt to the difficult job ahead of them and produce outstanding results. If you have not secured the grades we mention but still feel you have the drive and determination we need, get in touch. We also welcome applications from people who may be looking to switch career paths.
Applying for a training contract
If you would like to apply for a training contract with us, applications will open shortly with the next round of recruitment due to take place in Summer 2020. Applications are by online form with a copy of your CV. We view our trainee solicitors as the future of the firm and so we look for a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for Tozers. Please tell us why you think we are the right firm for you.
A bursary of £10,000 is available to successful training contract applicants who are yet to begin their legal practice course at the time of offer. Further details are available on request.
We offer work experience placements to give candidates an insight into what it is like working in a regional law practice. Placements will last for one week and are offered during February and July to candidates who can demonstrate a genuine interest in pursuing a career in law. Please email Fiona Grafton-Smith to apply, including reasons for your interest in the placement.
Applications for July 2020 can be made up to Friday 29 May 2020.
Kelly Burns successfully completed her training contract with us and says:
“Deciding to train with Tozers has been the best career decision I have made. My only regret is not applying sooner. From day one of each seat I have been submerged into matters and able to get my teeth into quality work. At the same time, Tozers offers a great support network with colleagues on hand to help with any questions you may have. Work aside, Tozers also promotes a good work life balance for all its staff offering numerous opportunities to get involved with CSR activities and better still, organising social events for you to get to know your colleagues. If you are even considering applying to Tozers for a training contract my advice would be to do it, you’ll only regret it if you don’t.”
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