Training Contract/Vacation Schemes
Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout offices in 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.
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.
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 we will also ensure trainees 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.
The firm's internship schemes are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement in the 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.
Winter vacation scheme: one week scheme aimed specifically at final year students, graduates and career changers. Applications open 01 October 2015.
Spring insight scheme: two day workshop, designed to equip you with a range of key skills and commercial knowledge you will need, to help you make your first steps towards your career in law. Applications open to first year law and non-law students and penultimate year non-law students 01 January 2016.
Summer vacation scheme: two week scheme open to penultimate year law and non-law students, final year students and graduates. Applications open 15 October 2015.
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.
£40,000 1st and 2nd seat (London)
£45,000 3rd and 4th seat (London)
£36,000 1st and 2nd seat (Bristol)
£37,000 3rd and 4th seat (Bristol)
Holiday entitlement 25 days
% of trainees with a non-law degree p.a. 50%
No. of seats available abroad p.a. varies
Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, Hong Kong, Jeddah*, Lisbon*, London, Luxembourg Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Riyadh*, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo *Associated office
Fee earners 800+
Total Trainees 80+