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Applicants should have a strong and consistent academic record and be on track for, or have obtained, a 2.1 degree at minimum.
You will need to demonstrate that you are solution-driven and interested in business law.
Successful candidates for vacation schemes and training contract applications will be invited to meet with our graduate recruitment panel. Our interview style is a conversational and open process, to allow you to get a good insight into the work and culture at the firm.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Panel interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Akin Gump provides commercial legal solutions for high-profile cases. Our work is always fast-paced and often precedent-setting.
Akin Gump’s London office is the main hub for the firm’s international offices. It is an integrated office practising at the top of its markets. The firm’s strategy in London has been to grow practices that complement core strengths of the firm. The firm has 20 offices worldwide and clients range from corporations and financial institutions to foreign governments and individuals.
The firm's market leading practices include: financial restructuring, corporate and equity capital markets, private equity, debt finance, project finance, energy, litigation and international arbitration, financial services regulatory, investment funds, international trade, EU competition and tax.
An important part of Akin Gump’s culture is its commitment to pro bono. Trainees are encouraged to take part and are represented on local and firm-wide pro bono committees, including a unique scholarship programme. The firm has an inclusive working culture and actively supports a broad diversity strategy for its continued success.
Our teams are supportive, friendly and work collaboratively which allows for multiple opportunities for you to get to know everyone. There is a high level of partner involvement and trainees will learn through first-hand experience working side by side with our lawyers on commercial matters within interesting multi-discipline practice areas and by attaining early responsibility.
Akin Gump’s two-week summer vacation scheme provides an excellent opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the day-to-day work of trainees in an international law firm. Through training sessions, mentoring and social activities, you will get to know our firm. Through working side by side with partners and associates on live deals, you will get to know our practices and clients.
We welcome applications from law students in their penultimate year of study, non-law students in their final year and graduates looking to commence a training path in two years’ time. Participants are offered a training contract interview at the end of the programme.
By focusing on a smaller intake we maintain flexibility and seek to grow through our junior lawyer retention. You will have the choice of sitting within the financial restructuring, corporate/M&A/energy, finance, financial regulatory, funds/investment management, disputes, international trade/EU competition or tax practice areas. Seats can be tailored to three or six month durations across the two year training programme to provide a breadth of experience.
With the introduction of the SQE Akin Gump will continue to provide an immersive, hands-on training experience. Our expectation is that our 2024 intake will be the first to have completed the SQE route to undertake two years’ of Qualifying Work Experience. We have partnered with the University of Law to provide an exceptional legal education and training programme, and will continue to provide financial assistance for these studies to those joining the firm. Applications from an LPC study route can still be given due consideration.
Akin Gump works with The University of Law, which is the firm’s legal education provider, to finalise arrangements for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. Successful applicants will be required to complete a programme of further study as directed by the firm to equip them with essential skills prior to starting our training programme. These studies will be funded by the firm and we will continue to provide a maintenance grant of £10,000 per year of study to our future trainees.
- International trade
- EU/UK competition
- Financial services regulatory
- Investment management
- Financial restructuring
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Training contract applications:||450 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||83% (2020)|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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