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Which law firms recruit on a rolling basis? 2022-23

by Charles Nwabueze
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Depending on how much you are involved in legal jargon, you might have heard the phrase ‘rolling basis’ banded about; you might even know the meaning of the term or you might not know what it means.

What does recruitment on a “rolling basis” mean?

When recruiting institutions such as law firms say that they recruit on a rolling basis it simply means that they review the applications of the candidates on a first-come-first-serve basis. Under this policy, they will not wait for the deadline to pass before they start reviewing the applications of the participants. This is unlike the non-rolling basis method, where the law firm waits till the deadline has passed before they start reviewing the applications.

Which law firms have rolling deadlines in 2022/23?

For law firms, there can be a host of advantages and disadvantages to employing a rolling basis policy or a non-rolling recruiting policy. We will talk about this in the later part of this article; for now, below is a table of law firms on our website and the policy they employ. Oh, and don’t forget, for all these law firms listed below, Congrapps has 600+ verified successful past applications and interview testimonials, from those who managed to secure Training Contracts with the biggest law firms.  

Law Firms Do they Recruit on a Rolling Basis?

Addleshaw Goddard

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

 

Akin Gump

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

A&L Goodbody

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Allen & Overy

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Arnold & Porter

 

Not available

Ashfords

 

Not available

Ashurst

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Baker McKenzie

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

BCLP

 

BCLP recruits on a rolling basis

Bird & Bird

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

Blake Morgan

 

Does not explicitly state whether it recruits on a rolling basis or not but on its website it states that after “we’ve reviewed applications, we invite successful candidates to…” On this note, we state it does not recruit on a rolling basis

Burges Salmon

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Burness Paull

 

Not Available

Charles Russell Speechlys

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Cleary Gottlieb

 

Reviews vacation scheme applications on a rolling basis while direct TC is not reviewed on a rolling basis

Clifford Chance

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Clyde & Co

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

CMS

 

CMS recruits on a rolling basis

Covington & Burling

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

DAC Beachcroft

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Davis Polk & Wardwell

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Debevoise & Plimpton

 

Not Available as attending their Open Day is a prerequisite to being given a vacation scheme

Dechert

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Dentons

 

Dentons recruits on a rolling basis

DLA Piper

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Eversheds Sutherland

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Farrer & Co

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Fieldfisher

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Forsters LLP

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Fox Williams

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Freshfields

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Fried Frank

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Garrigues

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Gibson Dunn

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Goodwin Procter

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis
Greenberg Traurig

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Herbert Smith Freehills

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

HFW

 

HFW recruits on a rolling basis

Hill Dickinson

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Hogan Lovells

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Howard Kennedy LLP

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Ince & Co

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Jones Day

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Kennedys

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Kirkland & Ellis

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

K&L Gates

 

Most likely on a rolling basis

Latham & Watkins

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Linklaters

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Macfarlanes

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Matheson

 

Not available

Mayer Brown

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Milbank

 

This firm recruits on a rolling basis

Mills & Reeve

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Mishcon de Reya

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

MJ Hudson

Not Available

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Norton Rose Fulbright

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Osborne Clarke

 

The firm recruits on a rolling basis

Paul Hastings

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Pennington Manches Cooper

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Pinsent Masons

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Reed Smith

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Ropes & Gray

Recruits on a rolling basis

RPC

Not Available

Shearman & Sterling

Starts their recruiting process before the deadline but will not offer places before their deadline

Shoosmiths

Recruits on a rolling basis

Sidley Austin

Recruits on a rolling basis

Simmons & Simmons

Recruits on a rolling basis

Skadden

Recruits on a rolling basis

Slaughter and May

Recruits on a rolling basis

Squire Patton Boggs

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Stephenson Harwood

Recruits on a rolling basis

Sullivan & Cromwell

Recruits on a rolling basis

Taylor Wessing

Recruits on a rolling basis

TLT LLP

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Travers Smith

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Trowers & Hamlins

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Vardags

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Vinson & Elkins

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Walker Morris

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Watson Farley & Williams

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

Weil Gotshal & Manges

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis

White & Case

 

Does not recruit on a rolling basis for the training contracts but the vacation schemes are on a rolling basis

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

 

Recruits on a rolling basis

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

 

Yes they recruit on a rolling basis

Withers

 

Yes, they recruit on a rolling basis.

 

So there we have a list of the firms on our website and the policy they employ. It can be advantageous for a firm to recruit on a rolling basis as it may help them reduce the amount of time they spend screening applications – the idea is once they have gotten the number of candidates they need they don’t need the rest. On the other hand, it can be of great advantage for firms not to recruit on a rolling basis as firms will get the opportunity of having a proper view of all the candidates. Quite a few times, some exceptional candidates might apply late in the game.

One of the reasons we have written this article is to help you know which firms to prioritize; it would be a big shame if after preparing a great application you did not make the cut at the target firm because interviews had already been handed out. Just a quick note: For those firms that we have stated are not available or some other answers it is because we have not been able to find out the exact policy they employ. For these firms, to be on the safe side, we advocate you apply like they employ the process of recruiting on a rolling basis.

 

Charles is a writer, practising lawyer and personal trainer who loves learning and developing himself. He graduated from Middlesex University, London with eight first-class grades in the second and third years of his law degree, and received a postgraduate offer from Cambridge University. He loves strength training, boxing and encouraging people to succeed in their pursuits (legal ones)
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