Live your ambition at Linklaters. Whatever career goals you have, as one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, we can help you to achieve them. We’re committed to maximising potential in all of our people. So, we’ll give you a training contract that plays to your strengths, plus a wealth of dedicated support – allowing you to develop a long and rewarding career in law.
Linklaters is the only firm to have market-leading teams across the globe covering a full range of practice areas. This, combined with the breadth of our client base (including leading financial institutions, governments and high-profile companies), sets us apart from our competitors. Our lawyers work on the most high-profile and complex work and are recognised as being leaders in their areas of practice.
One of our priorities is to create a truly inclusive culture. Our goal is to foster a working environment in which individual differences are respected and valued, and everyone has the opportunity to excel. This includes those who have a disability or long term health condition.
Linklaters supports programmes that raise awareness on the subject of disability and the workplace. For the last two years we have participated in OPEN careers event and are members of the Graduate Recruiters Disability Cafe Club. As part of our corporate social responsibility activities, we have built up a relationship with the Disability Law Service and have provided secondees as well as regular volunteers, through our London Litigation Department, to assist with the provision of free legal advice to people with disabilities. www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk, https://www.facebook.com/linklatersgradsuk, https://twitter.com/LinklatersGrads
Did you know?
Being a global organisation means much more than having offices around the world. If we are to be the leading global law firm, we have to have a team that reflects the cultures and values of the communities and arenas in which we work
Summer Vacation Scheme
Our Summer Vacation Schemes are designed for penultimate-year students studying Law and non-law subjects at UK and Irish universities. We pay our vacation scheme students £400 per week during the schemes.
Intake: June and July
Length: Four weeks
Winter & Spring Vacation Scheme
Our two-week Winter and Spring Vacation Schemes are open to final-year students and graduates (Law and non-law subjects). We pay our vacation scheme students £400 per week during the schemes.
Intake: December and April
Length: Two weeks
This two-day insight programme is a unique opportunity for first-year undergraduates studying any degree discipline at UK and Irish universities. For those studying for a four-year undergraduate degree, applications should be made in the second year of study.
Length: Two days
The Training Contract comprises four seats of six months each. This is so you have sufficient time to develop your skills and expertise in a particular area and to experience different stages of transactions.
Intake: March and September
Length: Two Years
- Brand Ambassadors – Brand ambassadors represent the firm at their university. They are responsible for organising events and promoting Linklaters and our opportunities on their campus.
- China-London Training Contract – Linklaters is offering a unique opportunity for native Mandarin speaking UK undergraduates to be trained as England and Wales qualified lawyers before returning to China to embark upon an exciting career as a commercial lawyer in Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai.
- This two-day insight programme is a unique opportunity for first-year undergraduates studying any degree discipline at UK and Irish universities. For those studying for a four-year undergraduate degree, applications should be made in the second year of study.
To find out which programme is most suitable for you, please visit our website www.linklatersgraduates.co.uk
Tips for applying
- Demonstrate your understanding of the differences Demonstrating your understanding of the differences between commercial and other areas of law. Having a good understanding of the business world and the issues affecting the firm and our clients
- Show your research on the firm Showing your research on the firm, and highlighting what it is about it that attracts you and what makes it different from others
- Think about what sets you apart Thinking about what sets you apart from other applicants and do not be afraid to sell yourself, so use a range of examples to highlight your skills and achievements
- Time management
If you consider yourself to have a disability you should feel confident to disclose this at any point during the recruitment process. There may not be the need to disclose your actual disability as long as we can provide the right level of support based on the information you give us. If you are not sure what adjustments you require, or if they are needed, we will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process and beyond
Where necessary the HR department may refer you to Occupational Health or the Health and Safety team who work closely to identify any adjustments required for each individual and will endeavour to ensure that any reasonable adjustments are made to meet your needs.
Both our Occupational Health and Health & Safety functions operate an ‘open door’ policy whereby any of our employees can speak to a member of the team and discuss any concerns that they may have. If there is anything further needed, they will liaise with the relevant HR contact and the individual to arrange any reasonable adjustments. We also have GPs available onsite for further support who are able to liaise with Occupational Health/Health & Safety and/or HR with the permission of the individual.
We also have private health cover that is available to all (as a taxable benefit) which covers pre-existing medical conditions, and an Income Protection benefit that insures individuals should they become too ill to work.
Financial concerns The cost of any reasonable adjustments required for you to carry out your work will be met by the firm and where necessary we are able to investigate if an individual is entitled to additional financial support by external organisations.
Adjustments There are a number of adjustments that can be made to meet each individuals needs. We work to best practice by offering workstation assessments for staff to ensure their comfort and safety and will ensure that all reasonable adjustments are implemented.
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