DLA Piper is one of the world’s leading business law firms. With over 90 offices in more than 40 countries, the firm provides seamless local and cross-border advice. The firm believes great businesses can make a better world. That's why, every day, DLA Piper helps its clients succeed.


DLA Piper's progressive mindset challenges conventions and evolves its global legal offering into broader advisory services and new business areas. Through the firm's deep industry knowledge, technological solutions, and diversity of thought and experience, clients embrace change and seize opportunities.


DLA Piper’s ten sector groups cover the full range of business law services. Clients include multinationals, startups, public sector bodies and governments. Across the two leading legal directories, the firm has over 1,900 lawyer rankings, and over 900 practice group/sector rankings. Through its global nonprofit initiative, the firm contributed over 200,000 pro bono hours in 2018 alone and has also pledged USD6.5 million to UNICEF to improve child justice.


The firms' entrepreneurial and supportive culture promotes bold, ambitious thinking and a warm, empathetic approach. Trusting, collaborative relationships with clients and each other are at the heart of everything it does.

The University of Law is one of the UK's longest-established specialist providers of legal education and training in the UK, with campuses in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham, as well as our GDL and LPC courses being taught in the University of Exeter, the University of Reading and the University of Liverpool. Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.

It is widely regarded as expert in legal training – all of its tutors and course designers are qualified solicitors or barristers and have practice experience.  It works closely with over 90 of the UK’s top law firms and chambers of all sizes and exclusively delivers the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to trainees at many of the leading global law firms. In February 2015 ULaw launched an MSc in Law, Business and Management, designed in conjunction with Linklaters.

ULaw is proud of its record of empowering students from all backgrounds to achieve their legal career goals.  It supports qualified lawyers throughout the profession with a comprehensive programme of professional development courses. The commitment of the University to the employability of its students is reflected in its most recent destination figures: based on known destinations, 97% of full time LPC students who graduated in summer 2015 had secured employment within nine months of graduation.  It also provides the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to give non-law graduates an entry route into the profession and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for prospective barristers. 

White & Case is a global law firm of more than 2,000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 180 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices.  As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.


As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career.  In London, our key areas of work include: bank finance (including regulatory compliance); financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (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).

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.


Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.  Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.


Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

With 27 offices in 16 countries, Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. Our people are our greatest asset and we bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need. At Ashurst you will work as part of a team operating in a high performance culture.



Vacation Schemes


This year we will be holding the following vacation schemes:


  • Winter Vacation Scheme : 9 – 13 December 2019 (open to finalists and graduates of all degree disciplines)


  • Ahead with Ashurst: 6 – 9 April 2020 (open to first year law students and second year law students on a four-year degree)


  • Summer Vacation Scheme: 22 June – 10 July (open to finalists and graduates of all degree disciplines as well as penultimate year law students)


  • Training Contract: 2022/2023 start dates


Applications for all of our opportunities will close on 5 January 2020 apart from the Winter Vacation Scheme which will close on 3 November 2019.


Training Contracts


A training contract at Ashurst will develop you 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 another within a transactional department. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an overseas or client secondment.

Where agile minds meet


Who we are:

We’re a leading global corporate law firm. But we’re not a typical one. Far from it. Life here means doing the best work for exceptional clients while being yourself. We look for individuals, not for ‘typical lawyers’. We’re focused, but we know how to have fun. And we collaborate. At every level. Which makes this a brilliant place to learn. To find your feet quickly. To get ahead.

So, are you ready?


What we do and where:

We offer legal expertise across a broad spectrum of commercial issues. And we have a diverse mix of clients. They include everyone from governments, regulators and trade bodies through to big corporates, global banks and not-for-profit organisations.

That variety definitely makes life here interesting. As does the scale and scope of what we do. Our work covers Corporate; Global Financial Markets; Real Estate; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; and Tax, Pensions & Employment.

And when it comes to where we are, we work in major financial centres across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


How you can get involved:

You don’t need a law degree to join us. (About half of our trainees come from non-law backgrounds.) What matters is that you’re resilient, curious, creative and open to new challenges. You’re someone who loves to learn. A great problem solver. A smart thinker. You’re commercially-savvy, solutions-oriented and up for working as part of a close-knit team.

One of the ways you can show us you have what it takes is to experience life here before you apply for your Training Contract. Take a look at our website to explore our different programmes for students – they range from Open Days through to summer schemes and virtual events.


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Jones Day Question Time

Wednesday 16 October 2019 6pm

Hotel Indigo, Old Shire Hall, 9 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HL

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. Our 200 London-based lawyers (including around 60 partners and 40 trainees) collaborate with their colleagues from Jones Day practices and offices across the globe to guide clients through their toughest challenges.


Our distinctive, non-rotational training system provides flexibility and early responsibility. Jones Day trainees assume their own workload and work across different practice areas at the same time.


Jones Day "Question Times" are interactive Q&A's (not recruitment presentations) and a fantastic opportunity to meet our panel of trainees, associates and partners. We want you to quiz our lawyers directly about their first-hand experiences of working in our global law firm; training in our distinctive, non-rotational system; and get to know them better over refreshments afterwards.


“My first interaction with Jones Day was at a Question Time. I really got a sense of the flat hierarchy by seeing the Partners, Associate and Trainees having an honest, real and open discussion with each other. Students asked lots of questions and I immediately got a feel for how Jones Day is different.” Karl, Trainee


All are welcome - whatever your year of study and whether you are a law or non-law student, graduate or postgraduate.


6.00pm: Registration

6.30pm: Q&A panel discussion

7.30pm: Chat with our lawyers over drinks and canapés

Register to attend online: https://questiontimedurham.eventbrite.co.uk/?aff=DurhamLawSoc

We are Hogan Lovells: one of the world’s most established global law firms, solving some of the toughest legal problems in 48 international locations. The best part? We do it all as one team, seamlessly across continents, borders and time zones.


Whether you join us as a trainee solicitor after you graduate, or during your studies on one of our vacation schemes or insight events, you’ll work with prestigious, high-profile clients from across the globe. Put simply, that means having exposure to exciting, headline-grabbing legal projects which help those clients become more innovative.


Each year, we take on 50 graduates (from law and non-law degree subjects) as trainee solicitors. Here’s how it works: on a two-year training contract, you’ll do four six-month seats across our different practice areas. Plus, for one of those seats, you’ll have the chance to apply for an international or client secondment. What’s more, you’ll have hands-on support and the expert guidance you need throughout.


Hogan Lovells also runs highly regarded summer and winter vacation schemes. Up to 70 places are available in total. Each lasts up to three weeks, and gives participants the chance to work alongside partners, associates and trainees in major practice areas. Students are exposed to two or three practice areas and learn to draft documents, carry out legal research, attend meetings and in some cases attend court. This hands-on learning is complemented by tailored workshops, case studies and social events. We also run Insight Days for first year law and non-law students throughout the year.


Applications open from 16 September 2019. For further information about the opportunities we offer and closing dates for applications, please visit our website at www.hoganlovells/graduates.com

We’re a truly international firm, with truly international reach. Every day, our expert teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia come together to work on our client’s toughest commercial challenges. Our lawyers are sector specialists so they’re experts in the areas that matter most to everyone’s future – from healthcare and technology to the financial forces that power our world.  We’re reimagining what a career in law looks like. It’s all part of our long-term strategy to change the way we work, so we can deliver smarter solutions – to our people and our clients. It means that when you join our firm, you’ll discover so much more than the practice of law. We’ll give you all the experiences you need to become a business leader of the future.


We offer training contracts in both Bristol and London, and either way, you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation we’re known for. As well as moving through four six-month seats across our practice areas, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning and online tools designed to support your journey through to qualification.


We want to hear from ambitious future lawyers, who are ready to leave their mark. We’re looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.


Discover what it’s like to be a trainee lawyer with one of our vacation schemes. Over one or two weeks in either Bristol or London, you’ll experience the work, the reach and the day-to-day buzz of our international firm. Throw yourself into this full programme of social events and work experience, and you’ll get a taste for our firm and the work we do, from research to drafting, and meetings to departmental training. That’s why it’s also the most popular route to a training contract with us, with many vacation schemers returning as trainees.

Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 01 October 2019.

Spring insight scheme (London): A two-day workshop for first year students of all disciplines, as well as penultimate year non-law students. Applications open 15 January 2020.

Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2019.

Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A one-week scheme open to penultimate year law students and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2019.

A series of open days are also available in London and Bristol to all students and graduates, running throughout the year.


We will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £7,500 for the GDL and £9,000 for the LPC.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a market leader formed by one of the biggest transatlantic mergers in recent times, we now have over 1,400 lawyers in 31 offices around the globe, who together provide big-name clients – including 40% of the Fortune 500 – with clear, connected legal advice. Join us as a trainee and you'll be at the heart of it all, with partners behind you and technology allowing you to focus on more exciting work.


Opportunities on offer

Vacation Schemes, London & Hong Kong – Summer 2020. Candidates that apply for this are automatically considered for a training contract and must be able to start in 2022/23.

Training Contracts in London, Manchester & Hong Kong – Commencing in 2022 & 2023.

Insight Scheme, London – April 2020. This is open to first year law students and second year non-law students.

We also run a series of Open Days in our various offices, taking place from December through to March 2020.


To find out more please visit our website:




Latham & Watkins is a leading global law firm with over 2,700 lawyers serving multinationals, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments, and other organisations from its offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. The firm is internationally recognised for its practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate, and regulatory areas, and has received considerable market recognition for the handling of landmark matters.


We’re looking for future lawyers who are ready to make an important contribution to our growing London office, and who will relish playing a key role in our international projects. Our award-winning London office is recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions, disputes, and regulatory matters.


Home to more than 400 lawyers, our London team combines market-leading expertise with the ideas, flexibility, and commitment clients require to handle strategically important issues in markets that matter to them.


The firm is looking for outstanding people who have the potential to become exceptional lawyers. Initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, intellectual rigour and teamwork are some of the traits particularly valued at Latham. Trainees who demonstrate their motivation and ability to excel will thrive in a first-class training environment and be rewarded with a brilliant career.

Allen & Overy is an outstanding legal business in which to start your graduate career.


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 six times. Last year we promoted 34 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 future focused, committed to growing our business and meeting the future head-on. With our expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working, Fuse, aosphere and alternative resourcing options, such as Peerpoint, we are setting the standard for what a global law firm should look like. We’re proud to have the resources, the passion and the mind-set to build solutions for the future, whatever it may hold.


With thousands of people in over thirty countries all over the world, we’re a business doing work of global significance. We’re one firm structured as seven global practices; over half of our transactions involve three or more jurisdictions, and nearly three-quarters of the work we do draws on the resources of two or more of our offices. Throughout our eighty-nine year history, we’ve led the market by finding new ways of meeting the challenges that our clients face. To deliver the standard of support that they expect, we have a world-leading base of expertise and a range of tools, such as margin matrix, our Legal Services Centre and our network of over 150 Peerpoint consultants. Wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the platform you need to make a difference, within the firm, the legal industry and the changing world around us.


We work to attract, develop and keep the very best people – and we don’t take them for granted. All kinds of people work at Allen & Overy, but we have a few things in common. We’re united by an attitude, a desire to do more, to go above and beyond for our clients and each other. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work. As important as that work is, we know that it’s also important for our people to have a life beyond it. Everyone at A&O is given the space and encouragement to pursue their interests outside of work and have access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our pro bono and community work programme that compliments their skills and ambitions.

Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 440 partners, 1800 lawyers, 2500 legal professionals, and 4000 staff in over 50 offices and associated offices worldwide. The firm specialises in the sectors that move, build and power our connected world and the insurance that underpins it, namely: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade & commodities and insurance. With a strong focus on developed and emerging markets, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 13% over the last ten years, making it one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth.

Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm.  We advise many of the world’s most dynamic and successful organisations through our 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard.  Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.


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.


We embrace new technology, inspire each of our lawyers with the most challenging and high profile work, and pay much more than just lip service to important issues such as gender, ethnicity and inclusiveness.


The thing that sets us apart from the other City law firms clamouring for your attention is the pride we take in being a global law firm with a personal touch and a friendly approach. We think this will make your career journey all the more enjoyable – and that’s why you should start it here.

Shearman & Sterling is one of the world’s leading premier global law firms and was established over a century ago. The London office opened over 40 years ago and quickly became one of the leading practices, covering all aspects of English, European and US corporate and finance law. Globally there are over 900 lawyers, including around 200 partners. Our main areas of work include: M&A (including private equity), US capital markets, project development and finance, finance (including derivatives structured, acquisition and leveraged finance), international arbitration, litigation, antitrust, tax, financial institutions advisory, asset management, real estate and executive compensation and employee benefits.


We look for trainees from a broad range of backgrounds who can bring their unique experiences to the firm. Working closely with partners and associates, trainees quickly have the opportunity to become an integral team member, taking on real responsibility from day one. Our trainees are enthusiastic and ambitious, and show a real willingness to learn and develop their skills across both technical and soft skill areas. The two year training contract consists of four seats, each lasting six months. Two of these seats will be in our core practice areas (M&A, finance or project development and finance), while the remaining two are selected from the other practice areas. Trainees typically share an office with a senior lawyer allowing informal learning on the job, while the structured training programme at the firm ensures trainees get exposure to all the information they need to be a success now and in the future. In addition to the cross-jurisdictional work trainees do in London, they are also encouraged to spend a seat in one of our overseas offices, allowing them to further build their global networks.


First-year salary: £45,000

Second-year salary: £50,000

Post-qualification salary: £120,000


We recruit solely from our vacation schemes, of which we run four a year. For more information on how to apply, tips on the application process, or to find out how to meet us at an Open Day before submitting an application, you can visit our graduate recruitment website: https://ukgraduates.shearman.com/

It is not just law at Travers Smith. We treat our clients’ business as our business, their dispute as our dispute, their challenges as ours.


We act for publicly-listed and private companies, financial services and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.


Our clients know that wherever in the world they or their ambitions lie, we will work as one of their team to get things done. And they know that we do so in a straight-talking, thoughtful and open way.


Diversity and independence of thought are key to our success. We know each other well and we know that we get the best results when we act as a team – not just within our legal teams, but right across our firm where we welcome diversity of thought and views from everyone. This is our difference and we are proud of it.


What we do:


The main areas of our practice are commercial, IP and technology, competition, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, finance, financial services & markets, incentives and remuneration, operational risk & environment, pensions, real estate, restructuring & insolvency and tax.


Who should apply/Trainee profile:


We’ll give you responsibility from day one – you will quickly find yourself on the phone to clients, in meetings and handling your own work with all the guidance you need. As such the firm looks for people who can combine academic excellence with plain common sense; who are determined, articulate and able to think on their feet; who are self-motivated and have a healthy sense of humour.


A law degree is not a necessity – just over half the trainees who joined last year came from a non-law background.

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