Life as a Trainee
What better way to find out what it's like as a BPE graduate trainee, than straight from the horse's mouth?
While each area of law is obviously different, the common factor while training at BPE is the exposure trainees have to clients and the trust supervisors have in us. While I was a Trainee in the Commercial Property team, I managed my own files and was the first point of contact for a large property management company when it was looking to granting short term leases to tenants. When I was in Employment I attended several tribunals where I was the sole representative for BPE.
Outside of the office, BPE has a lot to get involved in. I play football for the firm's 5-a-side team and I am part of the Social Committee, helping to organise social events and charitable fundraisers.
I have a brilliant work/life balance: BPE ensures trainees are fully prepared for a career post-qualification whilst encouraging us to take full advantage of our time outside of the office. I was delighted to have been offered the opportunity to stay at the firm once I qualified.
I had to overcome many challenges, including having less than stellar A-level results and not having finished my initial degree. However, having completed other qualifications over the years, I was able to complete my GDL before taking my LPC.
One of my proudest achievements is that I completed my LPC with a distinction whilst commuting, working full time as a paralegal, and with a young family and a husband at home, and that I was able to role model to my girls that anything is possible if you are prepared to work for it. I wish I had known then what I know now - you can truly be successful if you are passionate about what you are studying.
I find that my work experience helped me to understand how businesses work and gave me a good grounding for being offered training contracts. The firms I applied to looked at what I could offer them in terms of practical experience.
For anyone looking to start a career in law, I would say you need to be very committed and work hard, but it is truly worthwhile if you are prepared to put in the work!
The Trainee Package
While all firms offer a trainee package, ours is simply brilliant.
The Trainee Application and Onboarding Process
The trainee application process has five stages. That's five times for you to impress us, and for us to impress you. We want people who will embrace and personify the BPE brand. If you think this is you, complete our training contract application and wait to hear from us.
Training Contract Application
You've looked at our website. You like what BPE can offer and you think you can offer BPE something different. Then fill in our application form.
We liked what we read in your application form so now you're invited to our open day. This is a chance for you to meet Amanda (HR), Philip (Training Principal), as well as our current trainees. The open day is similar to an assessment centre. You'll be asked to work in groups to solve problems and you may have to make a presentation.
You made a good impression with your application form and you stood out at the open day so you're invited to interview. This is a more formal day than our open day. Here you will have to complete verbal reasoning tests and will be interviewed for a trainee position. Although more formal, we still want to know who you are. We want to see that you will be BPE.
Keep in Touch
You've been offered your training contract and you've accepted but communication doesn't stop there. We will send out regular newsletters to you, keeping you up to date with the current trainee's progress and what we've been up to. We want you to feel part of BPE before you start with us so you can hit the ground running
Trainee at BPE
Your two year training contract starts here. Make the most of it and embrace it. Ask questions, get to know your colleagues and learn how to be a solicitor for a commercial law firm.
Qualified as a Solicitor
You did it! After two years and four seat changes, you've qualified as a solicitor. Now the hard work really begins.
Register your interest in our programme and maybe your career will flourish at BPE! Submit your application form to our HR Manager, Amanda Coleman by emailing email@example.com Trainee intake