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- Applications to: Mr James Baker
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
At the half-way stage, I look back on the litigation and property seats with a sense of achievement. Experiencing such a variety of transactions and cases, ways of working, and nuances of communication skills when dealing with clients and solicitors on the other side has been fascinating, challenging and rewarding.
|Number of work placements:||18|
|Minimum qualification:||We prefer a 2.1 in any discipline.|
|Start salary:||£30,500 (2016)|
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Application details and method of selection
All applications for training contracts and vacation schemes must be made using the online application form which must be submitted by 30 April 2017. Every application submitted is carefully reviewed by those responsible for graduate recruitment, currently two partners and the practice director.
In the past Teacher Stern have benefited from a strong mix of law and non law students and welcomes a diversity of academic disciplines and backgrounds.
Up to 50 candidates will be shortlisted and invited to attend an open day assessment held at the firm's office. The day will comprise a variety of group and individual exercises, written and verbal, and interviews with the clear intention of assessing the core competencies. In addition all attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with a range of fee earners but particularly the current trainees.
18 candidates will be selected from this process and be invited to attend the vacation scheme which is detailed below.
Firm description and career prospects
Teacher Stern was established in Holborn in central London in 1967 as a full-service commercial law firm specialising in property, dispute resolution, corporate/commercial, employment and private client matters. With a current staff of 110 we are not a large firm but we pride ourselves on having the quality of clients and work normally attributed to much larger practices.
We currently have 80 fee earners of which 28 are partners. The partners have either trained with the firm or joined from a range of large City and regional firms, each of them contributing a variety of skills and experience gained from diverse backgrounds.
At present, we have nine trainees at various stages of their training contracts and we are delighted that the three trainees who qualified in October have all been kept on.
Working in a challenging and interesting environment with ambitious and committed fee earners, the career prospects are excellent and we believe that anyone joining us will agree.
We offer a grant of £7,500 and a further loan of £7,500 to candidates who have not yet commenced their LPC.
The vacation schemes are run over three weeks, each lasting a week, in the last two weeks of June and the first week of July. Offers for a place on one of the vacation schemes are primarily for those who have accepted or are applying for training contracts and are limited to 18 places.
During the scheme attendees will have the opportunity to work alongside fee earners on actual matters, learn more about the firm and then life of a trainee and be involved in a number of group and individual exercises which will assist us in making a selection for training contract offers.
To apply for the 2017 vacation scheme, you will need to apply for a 2018 and/or a 2019 training contract before 30 April 2017.
Training contract programme
The training contracts start in late September and throughout the two years there is a strong emphasis on learning on the job with excellent guidance and support from senior fee earners.
Trainees will spend six months with a partner or senior associate in each of our three departments, namely dispute resolution, commercial property and corporate commercial. Exposure to work in the employment, immigration and private client departments is also likely to form part of then training. The final seat will either repeat one of these departments or be in another smaller team.
During each seat, they will be exposed to a number of different areas of law and will have the opportunity to work with a variety of partners and assistants in the department. They will have access to high quality work and senior and long established client contacts.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, Niche