Latham & Watkins Trainee Recruitment

Training Contract/Vacation Schemes

London, Singapore and Hong Kong
£45,000 first year trainee salary, rising to £48,00 in the second year.
08 May 2017
31 Dec 2018
Full Time
Experience Level

About Us

Latham & Watkins has more than 2,200 fee earners in offices across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. Its non-hierarchical, consensus based management style and ‘one firm’ culture makes Latham & Watkins a unique place to work. Over 70% of the firm’s transactions involve five or more Latham offices and the collaborative atmosphere is strengthened by the firm’s diversity.

Described as a ‘Game Changer’ by the Financial Times’ 2015 report of the most innovative European law firms, Latham’s award-winning London office is home to almost 300 lawyers and recognised for its work advising some of the world’s leading corporates, financial institutions and private equity firms on their most significant transactions and disputes.

Vacation Scheme

Accepting a training contract is an important decision. Our vacation schemes are an exciting opportunity not only for us to get to know you, but also for you to get to know us. You will be exposed to real work, with real clients, experiencing the real life of our lawyers.

During the course of two weeks, you will sit in two practice areas. You will share an office with your supervisor each week, and you will also have the support of a trainee mentor and the graduate recruitment team. You can expect to be involved in client calls, court visits, Q&As and training, as well as group work and social events.

Towards the end of the two weeks, once you have had a chance to experience the work and culture at Latham, you will have the opportunity to interview for our Training Contract.

Applications for 2018 schemes open October 2017 – January 7th 2018

Training Contracts

Latham offers  a very different training experience, each trainee receives bespoke supervision and outstanding support while being afforded meaningful responsibility from the outset and significant legal experience on qualification. In addition to training organised by each department, trainees also benefit from a core 3 week ‘trainee foundation’ curriculum designed to bridge the gap between law school and practice.

After induction you will complete four, six-month seats. Two of these will be in our Corporate and Finance groups both of which sit at the heart of our London practice. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a secondment in either your third or fourth seat. This will either be to one of our international offices or to one of our clients.

Applications for 2019 Training Contracts open now until July 2nd 2017.


The firm  recruits trainees with a view to retaining them upon qualification and average retention over the last five years has been 93%.


£350 per week for the vacation scheme

£45,000 first year trainee salary, rising to £48,00 in the second year.

Requirements for Application

We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background, which means we expect a minimum 2:1 degree and grades of at least AAB at A-level or equivalent.

Whilst our trainees demonstrate a diverse set of skills, they all show initiative, proactivity, and enthusiasm, in addition to a consistent record of high academic achievement.

We are interested in finding out about you as a person rather than using psychometric testing or ‘trick’ questions. We also review all applications after the closing date, rather than on a rolling basis.

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