Trainee Solicitors – Guernsey and Jersey
Ogier operates a structured England and Wales Trainee Solicitor programme. We take a number of Trainees onto the programme each year in the Channel Islands.
Applications for our England and Wales Trainee Solicitor schemes in Jersey are now closed.
The Guernsey programme is currently only open to those who are in possession of a Status Declaration or a valid Housing Licence which permits the individual to undertake work on the island.
In Jersey, while preference is given to Channel Islands residents holding local or five years' residency in Jersey, we also welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals eligible to work in the EU.
Operating to the standards set by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the training contract provides our Trainees with the opportunity to develop their understanding of legal practice and the responsibilities to be taken on when qualifying as a Solicitor.
The two year training contract is based on rotations in different departments which are known as “seats”. Each seat will be for a period of three, six or nine months. On these seats Trainees will learn about a number of practice areas within Ogier.
Ogier specialises in the following work areas:
- Corporate and Commercial
- Employee Benefits
- Investment Funds
- Private Client and Trusts
- Real Estate
- Restructuring and insolvency
Progress will be reviewed at the end of every seat and, if a nine month seat, reviewed after six months. This gives the Trainee an opportunity to reflect upon their personal development and progress.
Trainees develop their skills in both contentious and non-contentious areas of practice. Every Trainee will have a three month seat in Litigation as well as two or three seats in our Business Trust Law Group.
Each Trainee will be required to attend the Professional Skills Course. The compulsory element of this course covers financial and business skills, advocacy and client care. In addition, Trainees are required to attend 4 electives, 3 of which will be chosen by Ogier and the fourth chosen by the Trainee.
Where necessary, Ogier also provides all Trainees with the opportunity to attend external training courses to enable the Trainees to gain varied and thorough experience to support the Training Contract.
Applications are invited from those students currently undertaking their LPC or those individuals who have recently completed their LPC. The academic requirements for acceptance onto our England & Wales Trainee Solicitor scheme are:
- Commendation or Distinction in your LPC
- Commendation or Distinction in your GDL (if relevant)
- 2:1 Degree (non-law degree background welcome)
- Two A grades and one B grade at A-Level (or the equivalent in UCAS points), excluding General Studies and Physical Education.
If you are successful, we will then issue an offer which (where applicable) is conditional upon you achieving a Commendation or Distinction as a final result for the LPC.
In addition to the academic requirements, we are looking for applicants who possess the competencies that we believe are important in driving our business forward. Attributes such as interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and the motivation to succeed, are key to us.
The Application window for the 2018 and 2019 Trainee Solicitor Programme in Guernsey is now open. If you are interested in applying for entry on to the Guernsey Trainee Solicitor Programme please complete the below application form and email your application to email@example.com along with an updated version of your CV.
If you would like further information about our Channel Islands Trainee Solicitor Programme, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainee Solicitor application form
Student and Junior work opportunities
Should you be planning to commence the LPC in the next couple of years, you may be interested in our Bursary Scheme.
We are also interested to hear from individuals with legal experience and/or qualifications who are looking for paralegal or legal assistant positions. If you are interested in registering your interest more generally in paralegal work or other legal opportunities, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com