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Reed Smith

Reed Smith

Broadgate Tower

Reed Smith is a global law firm, with more than 1,800 lawyers in 26 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

The firm represents leading international businesses, from FTSE 100 corporations to dynamic mid-market and emerging enterprises. Our lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services, regulatory counsel, and legal advice on the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media, shipping, real estate, manufacturing, and education.

See ourselves differently

For students and graduates interested in a career as a solicitor in the City we offer a number of opportunities.

Training contracts: we are looking for exceptional trainees to contribute to our future growth in the London office and offer first-rate work in an informative, challenging and busy atmosphere where your contribution counts from day one. Trainees undertake four seats of six months’ duration and you will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines as well as international and client secondments. Applications for training contracts open on 1st November. Click here to apply.

Summer vacation scheme: our summer vacation scheme is an excellent opportunity for you to experience life at Reed Smith and find out what it takes to be a Reed Smith lawyer.

The scheme runs twice each year and there are twelve spots on each scheme which take place in June and July. Once on the scheme, you will have the opportunity to experience two mini-seats in our wide variety of practice areas, plus take part in a range of skills sessions and social activities. You will also be offered the opportunity to interview for a training contract with us. The scheme is aimed at penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.

Since 2013 we have offered five places on our summer vacation scheme to candidates with disabilities. Applications open on 1st November. Click here to apply.

Open days: our open days are targeted at both undergraduates and graduates and are one-day events designed to help you develop your overall business awareness and learn more about a career in law. We will give you hints and tips on our recruitment process and you will have the opportunity to see if you think you could be a Reed Smith Lawyer.

Applications open on 1st November. Click here to apply.

Every year we visit a wide range of universities across the UK and we also hold a number of events for students and graduates at our offices.

University law fairs (Autumn Term)

We visit the following universities:

  • Nottingham
  • King's College London
  • Cambridge
  • Queen Mary
  • Bristol
  • London School of Economics
  • Warwick
  • University College London
  • Manchester
  • Southampton
  • Durham
  • BPP Law School
Insight into City law opportunities

In partnership with GoThinkBig, we will be running a number of “Insight into City law sessions” for young people interested in a career in law. These half day opportunities will include a number of talks and sessions aimed at providing attendees with a greater understanding of the route into a career in law and also the different areas of law available from Media to Private Equity.

Click here to learn more.

Diversity and inclusion are essential to our business. The talent pool is changing rapidly and we are determined to attract candidates from the widest pool possible, to continue to be competitive and to ensure the very best service for our clients. We value individual differences and we work hard to ensure a fair and inclusive environment for all, where the unique insights, perspectives and backgrounds of individuals are recognised. Our priority is to recruit, retain and promote individuals not just without regard to their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability, but because of these unique qualities and the value they bring to our organisation and clients.

A key aspect of our diversity and inclusion programme focuses on attracting and recruiting candidates with disabilities. We realise that disability affects every aspect of business – employees, clients, markets, suppliers and stakeholders – and we understand that being a disability-smart organisation is a facilitator for increased productivity and effectiveness. We want to emphasise that jobs for disabled candidates are both available and achievable at the top of the legal profession.

We are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions. If you consider yourself to have a disability or a long-term health condition, please feel able to be open about this at any point during the recruitment process. 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. If you do not feel comfortable with being open about your disability we would be happy to provide you with the support required based on the information you give to us. Please note that our online application form includes a section which allows you to advise us of any extenuating circumstances that are relevant for us to consider when reviewing your application form.

If you would like to talk to a member of the graduate recruitment team in relation to any queries you may have on your disability or long-term health condition and the recruitment process, please login or sign up to become a Great With Disability member to view the relevant contact details.

We are working to improve access to the legal profession for disabled candidates with initiatives such as our summer vacation scheme. Since 2013 we have offered five places on our summer vacation scheme to candidates with disabilities. Click on the below link to watch a video clip which provides an insight into some of the recent work we have undertaken in relation to supporting our summer vacation scheme students with disabilities at Reed Smith.

  • Our Disability Task Force was created in the London office in 2012 with the objective of widening our recruitment outreach to a more diverse population and partnering with charities that assist those with disabilities in gaining skills and meaningful employment.
  • We are working with the Lawyers with Disabilities Division at The Law Society to recruit and retain more disabled lawyers. In 2013, our Disability Task Force hosted (in partnership with The Law Society) two Lawyers with Disabilities Division events.
  • We participated in the Department for Work and Pensions’ Disability Employment Conference in July 2013.
  • In April 2014, in partnership with EmployAbility, we hosted an event for over 40 students and graduates with disabilities. We participated in this event to emphasise to students and graduates that jobs for disabled candidates are both available and achievable at the top of the legal profession.
  • In October 2014, we will be hosting and taking part in the Access to Employment Event organised by the London School of Economics and Imperial College London. The key aim of this event is to provide information and inspire confidence in disabled students and graduates and help raise employer profiles as genuinely accessible organisations.
  • In December 2014, we will be taking part in OPEN, a careers event targeted at students and graduates interested in a career in law that raises awareness on the subject of disability and the workplace.