Latham & Watkins Trainee Recruitment

Training Contract/Vacation Schemes

About Us

Latham & Watkins has more than 2,700 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.

Why Latham?

We’re proud to be one of the largest law firms in the world. Yet our culture, our practice breadth, and our global footprint truly set us apart. Our strengths can make all the difference for your success.

As an open and supportive community, we  value every opinion. We’re interested in getting to know you — because we best serve our clients when we engage critical thinkers with different experiences and perspectives.

Your energy and positivity matter to us just as much as your technical knowledge. We need keen, creative thinkers to work in small, collaborative teams and break new    
ground alongside senior lawyers. Through open feedback and mutual respect, you’ll have all the coaching you need to be the best lawyer you can be.

Vacation Scheme

Our vacation schemes are the perfect way for you to get your foot in the door at Latham. These schemes are a great opportunity to get involved with real, client-facing work alongside your peers, giving you a taste of life as a trainee lawyer.

We have a one-week Winter scheme, and a two-week Summer scheme (we no longer run a Spring vacation scheme and instead have a First Year Spring Scheme – more details can be found here)

Our one-week winter vacation scheme will focus your experience on one practice area, while our two-week summer vacation schemes will span two designated practice areas. You’ll be exposed to many opportunities to work closely with our experienced lawyers , and you will be best-placed to start thinking about what kind of lawyer you want to be.

When you finish your vacation scheme, you’ll have the opportunity to interview for a training contract.

Vacation scheme deadline is 3 January 2021

Training Contracts

The training contract you choose will help shape your career as a lawyer.

You’ll rotate across four seats ― two of which will be corporate and finance ― over a two-year period. Our Graduate Recruitment and Development team will ensure you’re exposed to areas and projects that interest you.

A trainee mentor, an associate mentor, and a supervisor will support you along the way.

Your fast-paced and international assignments will have a real impact in the market. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on secondment, depending on business demand. In the past, we have placed trainees on secondment  to our Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, Brussels, and Paris offices.

We actively invest in all our trainees ― as lawyers and individuals. Whichever path you choose, we  will equip you with all the resources to move your career forward. Because when you’re part of a firm that’s on your side, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

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