White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an enviable network of 43 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 159 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.
As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career. In London, our key areas of work include: banking, financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (including regulatory compliance, high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).
The Training Programme
White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one and a willingness to take charge of their own career. We value globally-minded citizens of the world who are eager to work across borders and cultures, and who are intrigued by solving problems within multiple legal systems. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.
The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, Tashkent and Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and senior associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. White & Case is a “high-stretch, high-support” workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success. We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.
How to apply & deadlines
Apply online at www.whitecasetrainee.com
A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a White & Case trainee. Playing an active part in the life and work of the London office, you’ll be sharing an office with your supervisor, helping them with their work, attending conference calls and meetings. You can also learn more about White & Case, the structure of our Firm and importantly, about the training contract. There are a number of informal presentations, a group exercise and a research based task to complete. Throughout the scheme, you’ll receive continued support and feedback from your supervisor and the Graduate Resourcing team. The social side of office life is important too and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network at social events, such as sushi-making classes, dragon boat racing and go-karting.
Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)
Monday 11 – Thursday 21 December 2017 (deadline 5 November 2017)
Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 19 – Thursday 29 March 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)
Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)
Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2018
The purpose of our open days is to provide participants with a useful insight into the Firm and the training we offer. During our open days there will be an introduction to our business and an opportunity to hear about the role of a trainee from some of our current intake. Participants will be able to chat with members of the Firm over lunch before receiving practical tips on applications.
Thursday 9 November 2017 (deadline 31 October 2017)
Wednesday 29 November 2017 (deadline 17 November 2017)
First Year Two-Day Insight Scheme
As a first year student studying any degree discipline, you can apply for our insight scheme. Over the course of the scheme, you will be invited to presentations, skills sessions and workshops to help introduce you to the role of a solicitor in a City firm and prepare you for the application process ahead. You’ll also spend time work-shadowing, giving you a great opportunity to observe the day-to-day life of a trainee solicitor at White & Case.
Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 May 2018 (deadline 31 March 2018)
Salary & Benefits
1st Year: £46,000
2nd Year: £50,000
GDL and LPC sponsored. A maintenance grant is provided.
In addition to our core and flexible benefits every employee receives a Health-Wellness account where you can be reimbursed up to £500 per year towards the cost of fitness activities, gym memberships and relaxation services