Sponsorship from leading solicitors' firms – funding your legal training

Sponsorship from leading solicitors' firms

All but the most financially secure graduates will have to consider how to find the fees for their courses. The good news is that the top law firms often offer financial support. Many of the leading solicitors’ firms sponsor their trainees, with a good number also offering a maintenance grant to help with living costs in that first year of study, prior to starting the two-year training period with the firm.

Competition for these training contracts can be fierce. Some firms will offer contracts on a rolling basis but many impose an application deadline date. So you’ll need to apply promptly and prove you're a top candidate, if you want to secure a place.

LPC and GDL sponsorship from City law firms

  • Addleshaw Goddard LLP – Full fees course fees for CPE and LPC plus maintenance grant of £7,000 (in London) and £4,500 (outside London)
  • Ashurst LLP – GDL and LPC sponsorship of £8,000 (in London) and £7,000 (outside London)
  • Clyde & Co LLP – Full course fees and maintenance
  • CMS – Full course fees and up to £7,500 maintenance
  • Dentons – Full course fees and £5,000 per annum (£6,000 per annum for students studying in London)
  • Fieldfisher – Full course fees and £6,000 maintenance
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP – LPC and GDL course fees
  • Hogan Lovells – Full course fees and £8,000 maintenance (GDL in London) and £7,000 maintenance (LPC students and GDL students outside London)
  • King & Wood Mallesons LLP – Full course fees and £7,250 maintenance
  • Macfarlanes LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Mayer Brown International LLP – Full course fees and £6,500 maintenance (£7,000 for London and Guildford)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • RPC – Full course fees and up to £7,000 maintenance
  • Simmons & Simmons – Full course fees and £7,500 maintenance (LPC); £7,000 maintenance (GDL)
  • Taylor Wessing – Sponsors course fees of GDL and LPC at BPP Law School (London) and maintenance grant
  • Travers Smith LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance in London and £6,500 outside London
  • Trowers & Hamlins LLP – Full course fees and £6,500 maintenance (London)/£6,000 (regions)

LPC and GDL sponsorship from magic circle law firms

  • Allen & Overy LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Clifford Chance LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance for accelerated LPC
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance for the accelerated LPC
  • Slaughter and May – Full course fees and maintenance grant

LPC and GDL sponsorship from US law firms with London offices

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld – Full LPC/GDL course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP – Full course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Cooley (UK) LLP – Full LPC/GDL course fees plus maintenance
  • Covington & Burling LLP – Full course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Dechert LLP – Full LPC/GDL course fees and £10,000 maintenance
  • Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP – Full course fees and £6,500/£7,000 maintenance (outside/inside London)
  • Jones Day – Full GDL/LPC course fees and £9,000 maintenance
  • Kirkland & Ellis International LLP – Full course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • K&L Gates LLP – Full course fees plus £7,000 maintenance (LPC) and £5,000 maintenance (CPE)
  • Latham & Watkins (London) LLP – Full LPC/GDL course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP – Full LPC course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Reed Smith – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Sidley Austin LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom (UK) LLP – Full course fees and £8,000 maintenance
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP – Full course fees and £9,000 maintenance
  • White & Case LLP – Full course fees and £7,500 maintenance

LPC and GDL sponsorship from regional and national organisations

  • Burges Salmon LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance
  • DLA Piper LLP – Full LPC/GDL course fees of up to £7,000 maintenance
  • DWF LLP – Full LPC course fees
  • Eversheds LLP – Full course fees and £7,000 maintenance in London or £5,000 outside London
  • Foot Anstey LLP – Up to £10,000 LPC/CPE course fees and £5,000 maintenance
  • Freeths LLP – Full LPC/GDL fees are paid for those on the training contract with part-time study programme
  • Government Legal Service – Full course fees and between £5,400 and £7,600 maintenance for the LPC
  • Mills & Reeve LLP – Full course fees and £4,500 maintenance
  • Osborne Clarke – Full course fees and £6,500 maintenance
  • Penningtons Manches LLP – Full LPC course fees and £5,000 maintenance
  • Shoosmiths – Course fees and living allowance, full details provided with offer of training contract
  • Stevens & Bolton LLP – Full LPC/CPE/GDL course fees plus a maintenance grant

Refunding course fees

If you've already started your course and you fear you've missed out on the opportunity to get funding, look out for firms, such as Allen & Overy, that will refund your course fees and make pro rata payments towards maintenance costs if they accept you on a training contract while you’re in the middle of your course.