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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that the application process for any job can be a daunting prospect. To point applicants in the right direction, we have answered some of our frequently asked questions and asked our current and previous trainees to tell us what they would have liked to know when they applied for their training contract.


When do training contract applications open?

Applications for our 2024 intake will open on Monday 1st January 2024.


What is the deadline for applications for training contracts?

Sunday 31st March 2024.


How do I apply?

Please forward a CV and covering letter to


How many trainees do you take on each year?

We look to take on up to two trainees each year.


What year should I be in to apply?

Candidates should have completed or be completing their exempting degree or LPC when applying for a training contract at Mincoffs Solicitors, to be in a position to commence a training contract in autumn 2024.


Can I apply if I initially studied a ‘non-law’ degree?

Yes, provided you undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC prior to your contract commencing.


Can I apply if I have been working in a different line of work for a while?

Of course! Some of our current and past trainees have worked in various other industries prior to starting their training contract. We have trainees and solicitors who have worked in business, retail and even government. We welcome any previous experience, and many of our trainees who have worked in other industries would argue that their experience helps them in their current role.


Have you adopted the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) as a route to practice?

We are accepting candidates who will have completed both SQE1 and SQE2 by autumn 2024.


Do you provide funding for the GDL or LPC?

Not at this point in time. 


Do you have a preferred GDL or LPC provider?

This is currently under review and will be updated on our website by the end of 2023.


Do you give feedback for applications?

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback on applications. We will, however, provide feedback to applicants who undertake the assessment week.


Can I choose my seats?

Where we can, we will try to tailor seats to the trainee’s preferred areas of law, but this cannot be guaranteed.


What opportunities can trainees get involved in?

Trainees are actively encouraged to engage in the firm’s marketing and business development activities and to attend networking events such as the Junior Lawyers Division and Young Professional Forum events.


Is there opportunity for further training?

All trainees enrol onto the Commercial Professional Skills Course at Northumbria University which is a 2 year programme, enabling you to network with trainees from other regional commercial law firms.  All members of staff are also encouraged to take part in other training as necessary.


My question is not answered here, can I contact you?

We would be delighted to answer any more questions you may have. Please email and a member of the team will be happy to help.


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