National Legal Trainee Scheme 2018

Crown Prosecution Service

Closing date: 21 Mar 2018

Reference number



£23,509 (National) £24,539 + £3,150, RRA (London)


Executive Officer
Legal Trainee (Barrister or Solicitor)

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Dependent on Discipline

Business area

Other - National

Type of role

Legal Services

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time


41/42 Hours incl. lunch breaks

Number of posts



East Midlands, East of England, London, Merseyside and Cheshire, North East, North West, South East, South West, Thames and Chiltern, Wales (for positions based in CPS Cymru-Wales the ability to speak Welsh would be desirable), Wessex, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside
Please note these are potential locations only

About the job

Job description

The CPS National Legal Trainee Scheme is open to those who wish to complete their pupillage or period of recognised training (PRT) with the CPS. There are two different roles on offer in the scheme – a pupil barrister and a trainee solicitor.

Upon successful qualification Legal Trainees will be offered permanent posts, graded as Crown Prosecutors, with the expectation that they will gain the necessary skills and competence to apply for Senior Crown Prosecutor posts through regular recruitment procedures.

For comprehensive details about the process please see attached Candidate Pack - CPS National Legal Trainee Scheme document.


To be eligible to apply for a place on the CPS National Legal Trainee Scheme 2018, you must meet all of our eligibility criteria.

Candidates who apply and are later found not to meet the academic, nationality or immigration criteria will be removed from the selection process. Conditional offers of employment will be withdrawn where candidates do not meet these requirements.


Candidates must have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree. This does not have to be in Law. Equivalent undergraduate degrees will be considered e.g. degrees completed in another country. Candidates with a degree in a subject other than Law will also have needed to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE).

It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide supporting evidence of their eligibility regarding qualifications, within the specified application deadline.

Candidates are also required to have successfully completed, or be due to complete, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) to enable them to start with the CPS in November 2018.

This qualification must be successfully completed, with results provided to the CPS Resourcing Team by Monday 22nd October 2018 at the latest. If candidates are unable to provide confirmation of passing their BPTC / LPC by this time then they will be removed from the process.

Please declare on your application form; your undergraduate degree classification as well as which vocational course (BPTC or LPC) you are due to complete. This must be stated under the Qualifications History section - for the BPTC / LPC and you should select 'Other'. If you do not state this on the application form then it will be assumed you do not hold the correct qualifications meaning that you are ineligible to apply.

For further information surrounding eligibility then please refer to the candidate guide attached to this advert.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


• Competitive Salary
• 25 days leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service
• 8 Bank Holidays plus 1 Privilege Day
• Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave
• Flexible Working
• Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
• Cycle2work Scheme
• Employee savings including ticket discounts, shopping voucher discounts, holiday offers
• Employee Assistance Programme offering legal and personal advice
• Access to Benenden Health
• Civil Service Pension

This is a full time post. However, requests for flexible, part-time working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department.

Candidates who are recommended by the selection panel but not appointed to the current vacancy will be placed on a reserve list and may be offered another post should any further vacancies arise.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please note, the below refers to the final stage of the selection exercises only
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For any queries please contact Luci Jones or Emily Miller at

Due to the high volume of applicants please allow up to 3 working days for a response to any emails.

If candidates have any queries surrounding their eligibility then they should contact the team at the earliest opportunity to ensure they can be resolved ahead of the application deadline.

Sift/interview dates and location

The selection process will consist of an online application (including CV upload), online tests, video interview, online legal assessment and final interview and assessment. For further details, please see attached the Candidate Pack - CPS National Legal Trainee Scheme.

Final interviews will take place during Summer 2018 in locations across England.


Please note that successful candidates may be placed in any of the CPS locations across the country according to business need.

We will consider candidate choices for favoured location at a later stage in the process and will try to accommodate wherever possible, although cannot guarantee you will be based at your preferred location.

Please be aware that you may be asked to complete your training in one location before relocating to your permanent base.

For positions based in CPS Cymru-Wales the ability to speak Welsh would be desirable.

Excess fares will not apply.

Further information

Please see attached candidate guide for further information about the role, selection process and eligibility.

Please note that candidates will need to meet the required standard at each selection stage in order to be invited to undertake the next one.

Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further;

Formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action

Feedback will not be provided until the vacancy is complete

If you are dissatisfied with the recruitment process and wish to make a complaint, please contact with your concerns.

If you remain dissatisfied and wish to make a further complaint, please click on the following link to the Civil Service Commissioners complaints page

Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles can be found here -

Details of the Civil Service Nationality Rules are located at:

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements. For the most up-to-date information on the requirements of working in the UK, please go to the UK Visas and Immigration website:

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