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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

  • 6 vacancies
  • 11 trainees
  • 41 partners
  • 220 staff

About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Entrepreneurial spirit. Innovative solutions. Akin Gump provides commercial legal solutions for high-profile cases. Our work is always fast-paced and often precedent-setting.

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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.

Our online application form can be found on the UK students page of our website.

How to apply

www.akingump.com

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Applications to

Ms Vicky Widdows

Method of application

Online 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 21 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/M&A and equity capital markets, debt finance (including debt capital markets and securitisation), energy, project finance, financial services regulatory, disputes (including international arbitration and civil fraud), investment funds (hedge, private equity, real estate and infrastructure), EU competition, international trade 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.

GDL/LPC plus £10,000 per year maintenance grant.

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.

  • Corporate/M&A
  • Disputes
  • International trade
  • EU/UK competition
  • Finance
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment management
  • Financial restructuring
  • Energy
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial

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Extra info

Eighth Floor, Ten Bishops Square, London, E1 6EG
Phone: 020 7012 9600
Email: graduaterecruitment@akingump.com
Web: www.akingump.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 8
Minimum qualification: 2.1
Start salary: £50,000
Starting salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 350 (2019)
Retention rate: 100% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 78.0% male (2016)
  • 22.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 45.0% male (2016)
  • 55.0% female
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • City Year
  • Islington Law Centre
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Reprieve
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Cityyear
  • Social Mobility Foundation