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We’re a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over thirty countries around the world.

We’re the only firm to have featured in the top five of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm Awards every year since its creation, and the only firm to have won it four times. Last year we worked for 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies and we promoted 20 new partners around the globe. This phenomenal success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients. We’re ambitious and forward-thinking, committed to growing our business and meeting the future head-on. We’re not afraid of change, and we believe in challenging the status quo.

Our track record of innovation is second to none. From our expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working for partners, Fuse and our alternative resourcing options such as, Peerpoint and aosphere, we are setting the standard for what a global law firm should look like. We’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way. We’re proud to have the resources, the passion and the mind-set to build solutions for the future, whatever it may hold.

Application Window

Winter Vacation Scheme: 1 October – 31 October 2018

Summer Vacation Scheme/Training Contract: 1 October – 31 December 2018

A&O First/Open Day: 14 January – 14 February 2019

Student & Graduates website: http://www.aograduate.com

About us
With 28 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, Ashurst offers the scale to attract global mandates. We operate at the cutting edge of the financial, resources and infrastructure, corporate and new economy markets, offering advice that’s as commercially astute as it is technically accurate in diverse areas of law including disputes, competition, M&A and finance. It’s that incisiveness that makes us different from other elite firms: we share our client's ambitions and the depth of our insight allows us to cut to the heart of their issues with speed and clarity.

We take exactly the same approach with our people: we’re interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and simply enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer.

A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.
This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.

Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.

Who we’re looking for
We expect a lot of ourselves – and so, as you would expect, you will need to be comfortable with challenges and pressure. You should also be able to express yourself confidently on paper and out loud, whether that’s among your team or in a client’s boardroom.

Alongside all the hard work, we also have fun. We’re incredibly proud of our culture: we thrive when we’re collaborating; we care about our standards of client service; we’re willing to explore ideas and be accountable for their success; and as people, we’re good company. We will expect all of that from you, too.

Next steps
The best way to learn what it’s really like to work at Ashurst is to meet us at an event or join one of our vacation schemes. Have a look at our website to find out which scheme would be best for you. The below will also give you an insight into what your life could be like as an Ashurst trainee: careers.ashurst.com

Aspiring Solicitors is an organisation committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. We work with over 26 law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal professions to students from underrepresented groups, and we have helped our members secure over 1,000 vacation schemes and training contracts since 2014. 

Some of the opportunities we offer include:

Commercial Awareness Competition
Our unique commercial awareness competition has now been running for four years, and over 1,500 students from 80 universities took part in 2017/18. In 2018/19 students will enter the competition as individuals and will develop their knowledge of the legal profession, client sectors and how economic and political developments impact on both, as they progress through the competition. In 2018/19 the winning team will receive at least five weeks’ work experience with Dechert, TLT, Travers Smith, Mayer Brown and Barclays Legal as well as a bespoke suit, courtesy of LexisNexis.

Members can enter the competition on our website: www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk

AS Aspire
Our new ‘Aspire’ programme launches in September 2018. This programme for up to 300 Aspiring Solicitors members will include bespoke one-to-one careers coaching from our expert legal employability team, as well as the opportunity to attend specific open days with our partner law firms and be mentored by professionals from one of our partner law firms or legal teams.

AS First
AS First is a bespoke programme for Aspiring Solicitors members in the first year of a Law degree or first or second year of a non-Law degree. On AS First, students are invited to attend a workshop, have a video interview and feedback, have feedback/coaching sessions with our team and be invited to law firm events. The workshops take place across the country.

Written and delivered by our expert Employability team, the Aspiring Solicitors HeadStart application workshops are unique. They focus on forming a practical strategy for your vacation scheme and training contract success, a targeted applications workshop, a panel consisting of those who have recently obtained a training contract and the opportunity to network with successful AS members who have recently secured training contracts or vacation schemes. The workshops take place across the UK and in 2018, over 500 students attended these sessions.

Legal Work Experience Schemes
We offer a number of different legal work experience programmes, including the Barclays Legal Experience Weeks programme, Shell Work Experience for first years, the Government Legal Service Diversity scheme, an internship with Siemens and more. The programmes involve real legal work experience, and the opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into different firms and legal practices.

Professional Ambassadors
Unique within the legal profession, our network of over 350 legal professionals range from global managing partners to associates, trainees and paralegals, to HR and academic professionals, across over 100 different law firms and legal teams. Aspiring Solicitors members can contact any Professional Ambassador to ask questions regarding their career, diversity or firm, amongst other things.

Further details on all these, and all our forthcoming events can be found on our website at: www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk 

A more challenging world needs more inquiring minds.

Law has never been a more worthwhile career to pursue. Today’s geopolitical landscape is an ever-changing one. And we’re passionate about helping our clients navigate it successfully. New challenges demand new ways of working. They demand New Lawyers. Welcome to Baker McKenzie.

As a firm, we’re as ambitious as we are welcoming. We’re committed to creating an environment in which people can succeed regardless of where they grew up or the school they went to. We want you to be empowered to help shape the future of our firm – and all of our clients.

Our roots can be traced back to a shared taxi ride home for two successful lawyers in 1948. In that cab, Russell Baker and John McKenzie discovered they had a shared vision – the desire to create a global law firm of talented, local lawyers.

Fast-forward 70 years and that firm now has offices in almost 80 worldwide locations. Our London office is the largest, with over 400 legal professionals serving our vast portfolio of clients, usually in collaboration with teams in our international offices. And it’s in London that your exciting career, in law, with Baker McKenzie could soon begin.


Here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we work hard at making sure that you are armed with the information and experience you need to succeed in your legal career. From our Career Kick Start program for year 12 students, to becoming a Brand Ambassador, there is vast array of opportunities to gain insight into the firm.


 Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms. With a global reach and thousands of lawyers working from dozens of offices around the world, we offer expert advice to clients on all aspects of commercial law. We work with multinationals, governments and regulatory bodies across five continents. Many of our deals are newsworthy. Often they demand the kind of knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide.


We offer Training Contracts, a Vacation Scheme and SPARK, a programme for first year students. We also run a series of Open Days throughout the recruitment season, including events such as INTERFACE and ACCEPT (for STEM and LGBT+ students respectively). To find out more please visit our website: 


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Our vision is to be the leading global business law firm, undertaking work for the leading companies and organisations in each of our markets, wherever they operate. In short, we want to take care of the world’s business. Our clients, and how we look after them, are at the heart of our strategy. We want to serve the world’s top companies and achieve excellence in everything we do for them.

At DLA Piper, we look for opportunities to use our strength as a leading global business law firm to make a positive contribution in our local and global communities. Our Corporate Responsibility initiatives embody our values and demonstrate how they are embedded in the way we engage with our people, our clients and our communities. All employees are actively encouraged to get involved! Our success depends on our people and our progressive approach to recruitment has delivered a mix of talents which has contributed to this success. It is essential for the success of our business that we recruit the strongest graduates, who will not only deliver technical excellence, but also exceptional client service.

To achieve this we do not need clones, we need a diverse group of talented individuals who have a consistently strong academic performance, formidable commercial acumen, who are articulate, ambitious, driven and dynamic with sharp minds, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity.

We recruit 80 trainees each year, across the UK. As we recruit two years in advance we feel it’s important to keep in touch with our future trainees to ensure they feel part of the firm before joining us. Therefore they have access to our online portal, ‘The Pipeline’, where they can contact one another, read blogs from our current trainees, share stories and are kept up to date with news from the firm.

Once they join the firm, trainees complete four six-month seats and are given an opportunity to express what areas of law they would like to experience during their training contracts. There are also opportunities to do a seat abroad, or a client secondment. Current international secondments include Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Madrid, Moscow and Sydney.

If you want responsibility, and display the right level of aptitude, you will be given as much as you can handle. This refreshing approach to learning and development, combined with an open door policy, provides our trainees with an excellent foundation on which to build their careers.
Our award winning training programme ensures that our people are developed beyond their training contract and throughout their time at DLA Piper, as we believe in investing in the careers and reputation of our people.

For further information about our firm and the opportunities we offer please visit our website: www.dlapipergraduates.co.uk

Do you want to tackle the most interesting legal work around? And come up with advice that makes sound commercial sense? If you do, we could be the right choice for you.

We’re an international law firm that supports clients wherever in the world they do business. Because we advise some of the world's largest companies on how to grow, strengthen and defend their operations, we can offer you some of the best and most challenging work there is.

You'll help big businesses achieve their goals – from advising them on mergers and acquisitions to sorting out their disputes and commercial challenges. If you’re keen to find solutions that work in the real world – not just ones that reflect what's right or wrong in law – we want to hear from you.

It doesn't matter what your background is, which university you went to or the degree you studied. What does matter is that you have intellectual talent, excellent written and spoken English, and that you work well with other people.

As a trainee, you’re likely to work in a team – usually with an associate and a partner. It’s the team’s job to work out how we can help clients achieve what they want to do. Is it possible? What’s the best way to structure the deal or tackle the problem? What are the risks?

You and your team will need to come up with solutions that answer those questions in a way that makes commercial sense. We’ll show you how.
The work you'll do with us will nearly always be complicated, so to do well you'll need to enjoy being challenged.

Flexibility is key in our training contract. If you train with us, you can try up to eight areas of law. That’s twice as many as most law firms. If you’re not sure yet what field of law is right for you, this could help you find it.

Our lawyers focus on at least one industry sector and work in one of seven practice groups: antitrust, competition and trade; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and benefits; finance; real estate; and tax.

The corporate, dispute resolution and finance practices are the core of the firm, so we’ll expect you to spend at least three months in each of these groups.
A big firm like ours brings big advantages when it comes to training. As well as continuous development throughout your training contract and beyond, there are regular seminars and team training sessions. You could also spend time on secondment to one of our clients, or to one of our offices in the US, Asia or Europe.

You’ll find a full range of benefits in our central London office – including an on-site gym and private medical and dental care.There’s also the chance to get involved in our thriving pro bono programme, volunteering opportunities and the many sports and social networks that connect people across our firm.

Deals and mergers. Arbitration and advocacy. Litigation and disputes. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world's leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

We’re truly global. We’re market-leaders with 2,900 lawyers in 26 offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA – making us the eighth biggest law firm in the world. Working across borders is a key part of our philosophy. And, thanks to the quality of our international network, we’re able to offer our clients both domestic and cross-border services, meaning you’ll get the opportunity to do truly global work.

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as different types of commercial organisations. Our dispute resolution practice is number one in the UK and Asia and includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit – meaning we can offer a complete litigation service and realistic alternative to the bar. And that’s not all. Our other practice areas include finance, competition, regulation and trade and real estate and employment, plus as specialist areas like intellectual property and tax. Plus we lead the market in corporate. Herbert Smith Freehills prides itself on being a world class law firm that brings together the best people to achieve the best results for clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a place where you don’t have to choose between global exposure and supportive teams. Between technical excellence and a client led approach. Between pushing yourself and leading the way. So if you’ve got the drive to make the most of the opportunities on offer, plus the ambition to become a brilliant lawyer, don’t compromise. Be a part of everything at Herbert Smith Freehills.
 To learn more, please visit www.herbertsmithfreehills.com

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About Us
Join Linklaters and you become part of one of the world’s most prestigious law firms – a global network of exceptionally talented, highly motivated lawyers working as a team and learning from one another to fulfil our ambition of becoming the leading global law firm.

While many law firms are strong in particular areas, Linklaters is the only firm to have market-leading global teams across the full range of corporate, finance and commercial practice areas. This, partnered with our culture of innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurship, means that we have built strong relationships with the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments and are asked to advise them on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments.

You can read more about the type of work we do at our website www.linklaters.com/ukgrads.

Vacation Schemes
Linklaters offers vacation schemes for penultimate year students at UK universities (law and non-law), which take place over the Summer. We also offer first year law undergraduates structured work experience through a two-day insight programme called Pathfinder. All applications begin with an online application form.

Training Contract
Linklaters recruits a diverse mix of the most talented graduates from a wide range of universities and backgrounds. The training contract is structured around four six-month seats, designed to build your knowledge, experience and contacts in a broad range of practice areas and to equip you for your long-term career. As part of your training contract you will have the opportunity to be seconded to one the firm’s international offices or to the offices of one of our clients, giving you first hand experience of our work as a truly global law firm.

We recruit around 110 trainees each year. The current starting salary is £39,500.

For details of application deadlines, eligibility requirements and to apply online, please visit http://linklatersgraduates.co.uk


Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions. Our excellent and varied client list ranges from governments to entrepreneurs, from retailers to entertainment companies and from conglomerates to Premier League football clubs. We are a full service law firm to corporate clients and have leading practitioners across a wide range of practice areas including Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Tax, Competition, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Information Technology and Intellectual Property.
We have approximately 80 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. We also offer Open Days, Workshops and Work Experience Schemes to gain an insight into life as a City lawyer. Full details of these opportunities can be found on our website.

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm’s vision is to continue to be a leading global law firm through our sector focus, which is underpinned by our ambition to provide our clients with high quality advice and deliver value through new ways of working.

Main areas of work
From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management & investment funds, energy & infrastructure, financial institutions, life sciences, and technology, media & telecommunications. These five sector teams are drawn from the core practice areas of: corporate, competition & regulatory, dispute resolution, employment, pensions & employee benefits, financial markets, information, communications & technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate, and tax.

Trainee profile
Simmons & Simmons is interested in finding out about your academic successes but will also explore your ability to form excellent interpersonal relations and work within a team environment, as well as your levels of motivation, drive and ambition through all stages of the application process and beyond. Show us evidence of this as well as examples of your intellectual capabilities and we will provide you with everything you need to become a successful member of our firm.

Training environment
Simmons & Simmons has training contract opportunities in our offices in London and Bristol open to law and non-law students and graduates. Our training programme is constantly evolving to build the skills you will need to be successful in the fast moving world of international business. Our groundbreaking MBA programme is designed to provide our trainees and junior lawyers with a unique opportunity to gain valuable business and commercial skills early in their career. During the training contract, trainees complete four six month seats in different practice areas ensuring you will have a broad legal experience and a balanced, integrated approach to gaining the knowledge, expertise and abilities you will need to qualify in the practice area of your choice.

Vacation placements
The firm's internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement in our London office will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of a busy and dynamic international law firm, with exposure to the deals and transactions the firm works on.

Keep an eye on the website for application deadlines for the Spring insight scheme, and Winter/Summer vacation schemes.

A series of open days are also available to all students and graduates and are run throughout the year.

The firm will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC.

Travers Smith is an award-winning independent City law firm with a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality in all of its chosen fields, and a focus on advising clients on international matters.  Competing directly with the largest City firms, we attract top-quality work but still offer a professional yet relaxed working environment providing the best of both worlds.  It is this environment that has led to one of the highest staff retention rates in the City.

A very high proportion of our work has an international dimension and we accompany our clients to every corner of the globe. To do that, we have developed close ties with carefully chosen lawyers within overseas independent law firms who share our specialist strengths and demanding standards for quality
Travers Smith is defined by its independence, unique culture, deep commercial insight, progressive thinking and incomparable client experience.

Size of Firm
74 Partners, 229 Associates and 44 Trainees

Areas of work
The main areas of our practice are Commercial (including IP and IT); corporate (corporate finance, private equity and investment funds); employment; employee incentives; environment and operational regulatory; EU and competition; dispute resolution, finance, financial services and regulatory; pensions; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.
Training Contracts 2018
We are offering 25 Training Contracts for September 2018 or March 2019. Applications open 1 October 2015 and close 31 July 2016.

The firm has a comprehensive training programme which ensures that trainees experience a broad range of work. All trainee solicitors sit in rooms with partners and associates, receive an individual and extensive training from experienced lawyers and enjoy client contact and the responsibility that goes with it from the beginning of their training contract.
Sponsorship and Salary
We pay all GDL and LPC fees (going forward) in full plus a maintenance grant of £7,000 per annum (£6,500 per annum to those studying outside of London). First year trainee salaries are currently £40,500 rising to £45,000 in the second year.
Vacation Schemes
We offer 15 Christmas vacation placements for 2018 and 45 summer vacation placements for 2019.  The summer scheme is designed primarily for law graduates and penultimate year law undergraduates, whereas the Christmas scheme is primarily for non-law graduates and final year non-law undergraduates.
Students spend two weeks in different departments sharing an office with partners, associates and trainees getting involved in meetings; drafting documents; attending talks; case studies and negotiating exercises. We include sporting and social activities and tours to selected City institutions with ‘working’ lunches and informal evening events.
What we look for
The firm looks for people who combine academic excellence with common sense; who are articulate, who think on their feet, who are determined and self-motivated and who take their work but not themselves seriously. Applications are welcome from law and non-law graduates. 
Our minimum criteria: AAB at A level (excluding General Studies) and a 2:1 degree if graduated.
Applications open: 1 October 2018 (there is no deadline for the Christmas scheme but the deadline for the summer scheme is 31 January 2019).  (Salary is £275 per week).

How to apply: Please apply online through cvMail via our website www.traverssmith.com

The Firm
White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. Our network of 38 offices provide the full range of legal services of the highest quality in almost every major commercial centre and emerging market. We are proud to represent some of the world's longest established and most respected names alongside many start-up visionaries. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.
The Work
In London, our key areas of work include; banking, financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (including regulatory compliance, high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).
The Training Programme
White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.
The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, and Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and senior associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.
Apply online at www.whitecasetrainee.com  
Twitter: @WhiteCase