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Thorntons opportunities

Thorntons is one of Scotland’s top four independent law firms, providing the full range of legal services for individuals, families and businesses. Thorntons are one of the few genuinely full service law firms in Scotland, which means that their lawyers can gain legal experience in a broad range of areas but ultimately develop expertise in the specialism of their choice. They have offices across Scotland and can offer you an exciting career wherever you would like to work.

Thorntons values are Inspiring, Community and Human and they live by their brand promise to “Do What’s Right” for their clients, communities and colleagues.

Thorntons Law LLP

Thorntons are passionate about sustainability, innovation, diversity and inclusion and have ambitious plans for future growth across Scotland. Thorntons pride themselves on their warm, friendly culture, open pathways to progression and first class training and believe that all of this combines to make Thorntons a great place start your legal career.

Thorntons recruits around 18 Trainees each year. Thorntons recruit some of their Trainees from their Summer Placement Programme and some from their General Graduate Recruitment programme.

Graduate Insight events

Thorntons are delighted to invite students to their in person Graduate Insights events which will be held across Scotland on the following dates in January 2023.

 Tuesday 17 January – Glasgow: Spaces, 1 West Regent Street (6 – 7.30pm)

 Thursday 19 January – Edinburgh: Citypoint, 65 Haymarket Terrace (6 -7.30pm)

 Thursday 26 January – Dundee: Whitehall House, 33 Yeaman Shore (6 – 7.30pm)

If you would like to find out a more about a legal career with Thorntons, they would love to meet you at one of these informal events which will be attended by many of their Trainees, Partners and our Graduate Recruitment team.  Applications for Summer Placements are currently open and close on 30 January; and their general Graduate Recruitment programme will open later this year.

 To book a place at one of these events, please email

Summer Placements 2023

Applications for Summer Placements for 2023 are open to law students in 3rd, 4th and Diploma Year.  More details about Summer Placements and applications can be found here. [external site]

Applications close on 30 January 2023.

 A Training Contract with Thorntons comprises four 6 month seat rotations.

Thorntons offer one of the most varied Training Contracts in Scotland so you can get the chance to experience a broad range of practice areas before you specialise. With Thorntons, you can experience commercial areas such as Corporate, Intellectual Property, Employment, Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation, Land & Rural Business and more personal legal areas such as Family Law, Personal Injury & Medical Negligence, Immigration, Private Client, Civil Litigation and Residential Conveyancing.

Thorntons can offer you a broad or more focussed Training Contract, depending on your areas of interest.

Whatever your career ambitions, Thorntons will provide you with invaluable training, experiences and support throughout your Training Contract. You will work with Scottish, UK and international clients and will have client contact from the very start of your Training Contract, with the full support of your Training team behind you. It is important to them that Trainees at Thorntons have all the help they need around them.

Thorntons is an ambitious and growing firm and most of their Trainees stay on with them after they qualify. 

Applications for 2024 Training Contracts are now closed.

Further information about Training Contracts can be found on their website. [external site]

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