Graduate Programme

In-depth guide

In times of disruption, we make a meaningful and positive difference to our clients by helping them adapt to rapidly-changing business landscapes. Side-by-side, we work with them to navigate uncertainty in a world of increasing complexity. Because wherever there are challenges, we see possibilities.

By understanding the issues they face and drawing upon our legal expertise along with the wider KPMG capabilities, at KPMG Law we’re transforming both the delivery of legal solutions to our clients and also the in-house legal teams that support our clients’ businesses. We’re always looking for new opportunities to achieve better business outcomes, including digitally-driven solutions that will help our clients evolve and thrive in a new world.

Our purpose is to improve the working lives and careers of our clients and our people. Our vision is to bring a fresh approach, delivering better business outcomes and transforming legal services for good. Our aim is to invest to disrupt, and create the UK’s leading integrated legal services business.

At the heart of this change are our people and their unique experiences and perspectives. Collaboration is pivotal to everything we do. Our approach allows us to supply rounded legal solutions inspired by a deep industry knowledge and business insights from our wider practice areas of Tax, Consulting and Deal Advisory. All supported by a global legal network operating in 81 countries with access to more than 2,850 legal professional colleagues worldwide. It's this multi-disciplinary approach that sets us apart and which, from day one, will give you the opportunity to experience a broad range of legal projects with exposure to the wider KPMG network, here and abroad.

Working with some of the world's biggest companies, you could find yourself on projects ranging from Deals, UK and International Business Reorganisations, Financial Services, Disputes; right through to Workforce compliance and transformation and Commercial Technology and Data. Or even, Family Office and Private Client matters for our high net worth clients. Our legal trainees have access to advanced digital solutions and we actively encourage a strong technology focus, where you’ll get the chance to work alongside dedicated legal technologists, solution architects, developers, and legal project managers.

If you want to be part of shaping the future of law in a career that's full of intellectually stimulating work and variety, you’re in the right place to feed your curiosity and gain an advantage for life. You'll work alongside, and learn from, some of the brightest minds as you rotate across a number of practice areas and help to solve some of our clients’ most complex legal and business problems. You'll use your digital mindset and desire to work together to explore new ideas and deliver exceptional results.

The work can be challenging at times, but in return for your commitment, you'll be supported through your professional qualifications so you can develop all the skills you need to fulfil to grow your own way. You'll also be encouraged to make a difference through volunteering days and community initiatives as part of an agile, inclusive environment where everyone is encouraged to be themselves, and empowered to be their best.

We’re reimagining how we work at KPMG. Our firm is creating a tech-driven business to empower and equip our people to be outstanding in delivery – through inspiring workspaces, innovative ways to collaborate and hybrid ways of working. In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.

Our Class of 2022 Graduate Programmes are now closed for applications. Class of 2023 Graduate Programmes will be opening for applications in the autumn. Keep an eye on this website for updates or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Tax & Law

Programme length: 27 months

Qualifications: Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE Exam 1 and 2) with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Entry requirements

As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)

  • Minimum Grade 6 GCSE* Maths
  • Minimum Grade 6 GCSE* English Language
  • Minimum of 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
  • Minimum 2:1 degree in Law or a minimum 2:1 degree in a non-law related subject with a minimum ‘pass’ in the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law)

Please note, we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A Level grades and do not accept General Studies.

At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.

Key skills

Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.

To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for in our graduates at KPMG.

Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.

Training and development

The training and development of our people is critical to the future success of our business. We want all of our trainees to embrace a growth mindset of learning every day, which is why we have created a rich curriculum and learning community to help trainees build their skills and fulfil their potential. This ranges from an immersive 5-day induction experience, formal training courses, leadership knowledge bites, learning journals, online courses and networking events – all aligned to our life-long learning strategy and part of our overall student package.

In addition, in our Legal practice we currently offer our Law graduates the SQE & SRA qualifications.

The SQE Programme uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of Online Classroom Live and recorded courses in addition to in-centre classroom courses. It also has wrap-around support which consists of dedicated professional coaches, online portal content and live and recorded additional study sessions which means there is a form of support for your every need.

This blended approach enables you to study and learn the content at a pace suited to your learning style, but ensures all are at the right technical level prior to stepping into revision elements so you can focus on your exam technique before the exam. The structure of the programme spreads your examinations over the lifetime of the training contract so that you are able to build up your technical knowledge, and can gradually apply what you are learning in training to your workplace experience.

Additional important information

In your role, you’ll work flexibly across your location region – at KPMG offices, engagement sites and from home.

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