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Kennedys has completed a radical overhaul of its graduate recruitment programme to bring it in line with the rest of the legal market.
The top 50 law firm is now accepting training contract applications two years in advance, as well as one year prior to the start date, in a bid to attract applications from a wider pool of candidates.
The new format will take the form of a pilot this year with the hope to continue the arrangement if it proves successful.
In a related move, the firm’s first two-week work placement is set to launch this summer at its London office as well as regionally.
Graduate recruitment officer Rowena Bubb said: “It will be a great opportunity for candidates to experience life at the firm from the inside, enabling them to gain a real insight into the firm’s work and culture,”
“Hopefully we will see many of the candidates go on to secure a training contract with us.”
The firm plans to take on 20 students for its summer scheme and will be offering £275 per week in its London office, and £210 regionally.
Kennedys has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Chelsford and Cambridge, and offers a first year trainee salary of around £32,000.