White & Case LLP Trainee Recruitment

Training Contract/Vacation Schemes

London (Central), London (Greater)
£44,000 rising to £48,000 in the second year
04 Aug 2016
31 Jul 2017
Full Time
Experience Level

White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. Our network of 39 offices provide the full range of legal services of the highest quality in almost every major commercial centre and emerging market. We are proud to represent some of the world's longest established and most respected names alongside many start-up visionaries. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.

In London, our key areas of work include

  • Banking, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency and Capital Markets (including Regulatory, High Yield and Securitisation)
  •  Dispute Resolution (including Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Trade, White Collar and Construction)
  • Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance
  • Corporate (including M&A, Private Equity, Employment, Compensation and Benefits, Investment Funds, Real Estate and Tax)

What we are looking for:

White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one. 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.

Training contracts: September 2019 and March 2020

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, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm and Tokyo. The remaining three seats will be spent in 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. 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.

Deadline: 31 July 2017

Vacation schemes: Winter 2016, Spring & Summer 2017

We offer two-week vacation scheme placements over the winter, spring and summer holidays. The aim of our placements is to allow candidates the opportunity to gain experience of how a global law firm operates and to introduce them to the type of work our lawyers are involved in on a day-to-day basis. During the placements, candidates are invited to attend a number of informal presentations and group exercises as well as some fantastic social events. There are 20 places available on each scheme. Remuneration: £400 per week.

Vacation schemes dates & deadlines:

Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)

Monday 12 – Wednesday 21 December 2016 (deadline 2 November 2016)

Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

Monday 3 – Thursday 13 April 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Summer vacation scheme 1 (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

Monday 19 June – Friday 30 June 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Summer vacation scheme 2 (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

Monday 10 July – Friday 21 July 2017 (deadline 31 January 2017)

Open days:

You can apply to attend one of our London office open days for a useful insight into the Firm and the training we offer. We are holding open days on 24 November 2016 and 12 January 2017 for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates.

Open day deadlines:

10 November 2016 (24 November 2016 open day) 

14 December 2016 (12 January 2017 open day)

First year two-day insight scheme:

As a first year student, you can apply for our insight scheme from 17-18 May 2017 which includes presentations, workshops and work-shadowing.

Deadline: 31 March.

How to apply

Apply online at www.whitecasetrainee.com

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