The CPS delivers justice - working with our partners at the heart of the criminal justice system to protect the public and create a safe society. As a Legal Trainee, you will play a key role in this while getting the support and opportunities you need to develop your career.
Supporting the success of our people is a priority for the CPS. Post qualification, our Legal Trainees regularly progress into key leadership roles and/or become specialists with considerable expertise in complex and intellectually challenging casework such as fraud, extradition, sexual offences or counter terrorism.
Opportunities to apply for roles as Crown Advocates, who exercise Crown Court rights predominately, may follow qualified appointment as Crown Prosecutors but are not guaranteed as they are dependent on the developing requirements of the service - however a programme of career progression for the individual is integral to the offer and many other opportunities to specialise in unique areas of prosecution work are available.
The CPS is offering up to 52 Legal Trainee posts to start in November 2020 based across England & Wales. Pupillage or Period of Recognised Training (PRT) are available, with posts offered in order of merit to the top performing candidates regardless of discipline sought (subject to appropriate supervisory arrangements in place).
Pupillage - 1 year in duration
PRT - 2 years in duration
Upon successful qualification Legal Trainees will be offered permanent posts as Crown Prosecutors, where they will initially be based in a Magistrates Court Unit with the expectation that they will then gain the necessary skills and competence to apply for Senior Crown Prosecutor posts and beyond through regular recruitment procedures.
This year we are offering 20 pupillage places over the following locations:
Cardiff, Swansea, Leicester, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Liverpool, Canterbury, Guildford, Bristol, Exeter, St Albans, Reading, Eastleigh, Portsmouth, London.
We have 32 PRT places available in the following locations:
Cardiff, Mold, Leicester, Norwich, Chelmsford, Liverpool, Manchester, Canterbury, Guildford, Brighton, Exeter, St Albans, Reading, Eastleigh, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, London.
Closing date is Friday 27th March 2020.