We’re a leading sector-focused international law firm. But we’re different. What sets us apart is a growing reputation for client experience, outstanding people and creative energy. You’ll find us in Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the UK, focused on key global sectors including real estate, energy, financial services, life sciences, natural resources, infrastructure and technology. We’re a firm with momentum, making bold moves in the international legal market, where we’ve significantly increased our footprint and capability. And we have an appetite for further international growth.

School leaver opportunities

Gowling WLG aren't currently recruiting School Leavers, please see their Apprenticeship roles to see the opportunites they offer.


A university education isn’t for everyone- some people want to get out there and start working and earning straight away. Here you can obtain highly sought after qualifications, alongside a salaried career and invaluable experience in a commercial environment.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative global law firm as a paralegal apprentice in either its Birmingham or London office. Opportunities exist across a range of different legal practice areas including real estate, banking, construction and litigation. The Paralegal trailblazer apprenticeship is 2 years induration and your academic and competency training will be through CILEx Law School which has long established links with the legal sector. Following on from successful completion of this apprenticeship there may be the opportunity for progression onto Chartered Legal Executive or Solicitor apprenticeship training. 

Salary & benefits

Apprenticeship starting salary

London £20,000

Birmingham £16,000


  • Bonus scheme
  • Gym membership/subsidy
  • Life assurance
  • Pension scheme with company contributions
  • Private healthcare
  • Season ticket loan
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Income Protection Insurance
  • 25 days’ holiday (plus optional unpaid holiday)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • An active social club
  • Access to corporate rates and discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Budget for staff entertainment
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Interest free loan


  • GCSE grades A* to C, must include Maths and English.
  • 3 A-Levels grade C or above.


 Online at gowlingwlgcareers.co.uk