Simmons & Simmons LLP
Erin Rose is a strong advocate of work experience, especially as a means of distinguishing yourself from the many excellent candidates vying for training contracts. Read on for more advice and insight into life as a Simmons’ trainee.
Being a trainee at Simmons is a steep learning curve. On my very first day I was asked to attend an important meeting and involved in a complicated restructuring deal. By the end of the week I was directly fielding questions from the client. This is definitely a firm where individuals who are willing to challenge themselves and take responsibility are given the opportunity to do so.
Simmons gives you the opportunity to be involved with interesting work, and provides a supportive environment for you to learn. Right now, I am on a secondment to our Tokyo office and assisting on exciting cross-border matters.
- Applications to: Miss Jenny Daniel
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2018: 28/02/2016 Winter work placement: 01/11/2015 Summer work placement: 15/01/2016 Spring work placement: 01/02/2016
|Number of work placements:||80|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree (or equivalent)|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications for our training contract should be made online via our graduate website.
Penultimate-year law students, all final-year students and graduates should apply from 15 October 2015 - 28 February 2016.
Firm description and career prospects
Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working throughout 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.
From our offices in major business and financial centres, 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.
To find out what it is like to work at Simmons & Simmons read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
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. You will have the option of taking a £2,000 loan prior to the start of your training contract.
Our internships are one of the primary means of selecting candidates for a career at Simmons & Simmons. Your placement 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.
Summer vacation scheme
The summer vacation scheme will be open to penultimate-year law and non-law students, final-year students and graduates.
Our summer vacation scheme provides a unique insight into working life at Simmons & Simmons. We run two, two-week schemes over the summer, which enable you to get a genuine feel of the firm. During your time with us, you will gain first-hand experience of a legal working environment, our service areas and the kind of deals and transactions we work on.
Spring insight scheme
Our spring insight scheme is a two-day workship 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 are open to first-year law and non-law students and penultimate-year non-law students.
Winter vacation scheme
We run a week long winter vacation scheme. Applications are open to all final-year students and graduates.
Training contract programme
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, trainees complete four six-month seats in different practice areas ensuring you will 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.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Funchal*, Hong Kong, Jeddah**, Lisbon*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Riyadh**, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo. *Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa in association with Simmons & Simmons**Simmons & Simmons is in alliance with Hammad & Al-Mehdar
A4ID, Battersea Legal Advice Centre, LawWorks, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Prisoners’ Advice Service, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, TrustLaw Connect
Diversity access schemes
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