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Work Experience Scheme

Take the first steps in your legal career at Burnetts Solicitors.

Work Experience

Burnetts is one of the most prominent solicitors’ practices in the North.  Its departments encompass corporate and commercial litigation, personal injury, clinical negligence, family law, residential conveyancing, agriculture, construction & engineering and probate.

The firm continues to expand from their strong company and commercial base while retaining and developing strength in niche areas such as employment, planning and education related work.


The firm, almost three times larger than any other in Carlisle, has a policy to ensure a constant supply of top quality lawyers.  Its recruitment policy extends to trainee recruitment through a system of selective work experience for students who have the ability and ambition to develop a successful career in law.

Work Experience Routes

The firm has two routes to apply for work experience.

Route 1 – Work Experience Scheme - open to Year 12 students only

Route 2 – Vacation Placement Scheme – opportunities for undergraduates and graduates

Route 1

Work Experience Scheme - Year 12s only

First Year

Each year Burnetts select up to three candidates from Year 12 students, who have either already decided on a legal career or who have serious ambitions in respect of the law but have yet to make up their mind.  Selection is by way of a recommendation from the candidate’s school plus a selection interview.

Successful candidates will receive a £25.00 book token and will spend one week shadowing in the Burnetts office at a time convenient to both parties usually during the school summer holiday period.  The week will include an introduction to the firm and experience in at least five of the firm’s departments.

In the following September, Burnetts will select those who will progress on to Year Two of the scheme.

Year Two

Up to two of the Year 12 students will receive a further £25.00 book token and will be invited for further work experience during Year 13.

Year Three

Following a further review, Burnetts will provide paid summer holiday work to selected students at their offices for those candidates who have progressed to a law course at university.

Appilcations for 2019 are now closed. If you are interested in applying for 2020 please submit a letter of application and CV either to your school contact or directly at the email below. The closing date for receipt of all applications is Friday 28th February 2020.  Applications will be shortlisted and only a select few students will be invited to attend the firm for interview.

Route 2

Vacation Placement Scheme - 2020

We have a limited number of places for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking to gain legal experience from our specialist lawyers and support teams.

We receive a high volume of requests each year from students requesting work experience.  To allow us to consider all applications fairly, we review all applications together after the closing date below.

All places for work experience in 2019 with Burnetts have now been filled. To apply for 2020, please forward a letter of application and CV to Kate Sowerby, HR Officer using the email address below. The closing date for receipt of all applications is 31st March 2020.

All candidates will be updated regarding the outcome of their application after the closing date. 

For more information or to apply, please contact Kate Sowerby (HR Officer) on 01228 552222 or email yourfuture@burnetts.co.uk