As one of the leading global law firms, Linklaters undertakes challenging assignments for the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them solve their most complex and important legal issues.
What to expect
- You are likely to be required to work undefined hours.
- Your training contract will be built around six-month 'seats' in four different practice areas often including a seat in one of Linklaters' international offices or on a client secondment.
- Client secondments include placements with investment banks, blue-chip multi-nationals and pro bono organisations.
- International postings range from Paris and New York to Shanghai and Dubai.
- You will have some opportunity to express your preferred seats and secondments.
- If your degree is not in law you will start your professional development with the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). This one-year conversion course at the College of Law provides a solid foundation in law and prepares you for entry to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) alongside law graduates. Linklaters pays the fees and provides a maintenance grant for this course.
- Whether you are a law graduate fresh from university, or a non-law graduate who has just completed the GDL, you will spend time at Linklaters before you start face-to-face teaching on the LPC. You will undertake the LPC Gateway Programme, which is an introduction to the firm and the City, before starting the LPC where you'll meet your future colleagues.
- The Linklaters bespoke LPC includes integration sessions to help you get to know the firm. This accelerated course bridges the gap between academic study and the practical application of law. Linklaters pays the course fees and provides a maintenance grant.
- Within each seat you will be required to attend seminars and training modules relevant to the practice area.
- As well as having a supervisor who will provide feedback (through appraisals), you will be overseen by a different Group Trainee Solicitor Partner for each seat.
What does the future hold?
Upon reaching the completion of your training contract, you will discuss your qualification options with the trainee development team who will put you forward for consideration for an associate role within your selected practice area. Linklaters has high retention rates of around 85% in each cycle.