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Arnold & Porter LLP

3 vacancies
4 trainees
21 partners
108 staff

Located in the heart of the City in London's financial district, Arnold & Porter is trusted adviser to a wide range of leading organisations.

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More info

For our first year insight day (12 April 2023), please apply by 12 March 2023.

For our 2023 summer vacation scheme (3-17 July 2023), please apply by 26 February 2023.

For training contracts commencing in September 2025, please apply by 18 June 2023.

Please apply online via our application page.

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Panel interview
  • Written exercise

Arnold & Porter is a firm of nearly 1,000 lawyers, providing sophisticated litigation and transactional capabilities, renowned regulatory experience and market-leading multidisciplinary practices in the life sciences and financial services industries. Client-driven and industry focused, our lawyers practice across more than 30 practice areas, including bankruptcy, corporate finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax, to help clients with complex needs stay ahead of the global market, anticipate opportunities and address issues that impact the very value of their businesses. Our global reach, experience and deep knowledge allow us to work across geographic, cultural, technological and ideological borders, to offer clients forward-looking, results-oriented solutions that resolve their US, international and cross-border legal needs.

Located in the heart of the city in London's financial district, Arnold & Porter is trusted adviser to a wide range of leading multinational and domestic organisations for our full range of regulatory, transactional, and litigation services.

Many of our lawyers have experience working in industry or government. Clients say this experience is invaluable to assist them with strategic and collaborative problem solving. Our London office has a well established record for handling ground breaking cases since opening in 1997. We are known for our seamless multidisciplinary team working across the firm's offices and network of partner firms around the world. Wrap-around industry knowledge, experience and regulatory input is the reason clients continue to entrust us with some of their most complex and high stakes business issues.

We are passionate about pro bono in the London office. Colleagues work collaboratively on what are sometimes highly controversial or complex issues affecting NGOs, charitable organisations, individuals and minorities. Colleagues frequently give a very significant amount of time to advocate for those who need it most. Diversity is paramount to the firm. Our London office is a vigorous supporter in every aspect to promote an inclusive, fair and ethical work place. We are proudly committed to several initiatives to encourage and maintain Arnold & Porter's diverse community of professionals.

Types of work

Arnold & Porter’s London lawyers advise on a full range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters, with a particular focus on intellectual property and technology transactions and litigation, pharmaceuticals and medical device regulation and litigation, internet and media and technology, employment, competition and trade regulation, international arbitration, white collar crime UK enforcement and dispute resolution, corporate and securities, bankruptcy, finance, investment management and product liability advice and commercial litigation. Providing clients with an excellent service is Arnold & Porter’s number one priority, and the firm’s lawyers need to be commercially minded, approachable and able to work with clients as part of a team on complex and often high-profile legal issues.

Who should apply

The firm looks for talented law and non-law graduates from all backgrounds who share the firm’s commitment to excellence, and want to be part of the continued growth of its London office. Candidates need to demonstrate a consistently high academic background; the firm looks for well-rounded individuals who can demonstrate their participation in a range of extra-curricular activities and achievements.

Four six-month seats: life sciences and healthcare regulatory, intellectual property, white collar crime, international arbitration, corporate and securities, competition or commercial litigation.

The firm takes around 10 summer vacation students each recruiting year. Whether you are a law or non-law student, the firm will introduce you to life in a busy City law firm. You will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects and workshops with partners and associates throughout the London office. Apply online via our application page.

Trainees will have the opportunity to spend six months working within four of our practice groups: life sciences and healthcare regulatory, intellectual property, white collar crime, international arbitration, corporate and securities, competition or commercial litigation. Arnold & Porter encourages individuals to work across specialisms, so trainees may find that whilst they are working in one practice group, they undertake work in a variety of different areas, and for a variety of partners and fee-earners throughout the firm.

Trainees will be expected to work on several matters at once, and to assume responsibility at an early stage. Trainees may have an opportunity to go on for client secondments and where the occasion permits, to work on projects with our US offices.

Trainees are encouraged to take part in our pro bono programme, and devote 15% of their time to it. The reflects the firm's strong commitment to pro bono and helps young lawyers to develop their client managements skills from an early stage.

Diversity and inclusion are core values for Arnold & Porter. We are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive work environment, where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect.

One of our most active initiatives is our affinity groups. These firmwide groups not only serve as support networks, but they also accelerate the attainment of professional and business development skills through enhanced mentoring opportunities and a variety of speaker programs. Additionally, the groups help the firm identify strategies that support our diversity efforts while fostering a stronger sense of community within the firm.

APCares: Supports parents and caregivers by providing relevant programs and content, collegial support communities and firm resources.

Pride: Addresses topics of interest to and provides a professional and social network for the firm's LGBTQ attorneys. The group provides mentoring opportunities and sponsors social events and educational opportunities.

Women's Initiative for Success and Empowerment (WISE): Dedicates its efforts to recruiting, developing, retaining, and advancing women at the firm. Specifically, WISE's steering committee of partners, counsel and associates implements programs focused on leadership training, business development and work-life integration.

Arnold & Porter will pay your fees for post-graduate education relevant to qualification. In addition we will pay a maintenance grant over the duration of the course.

Other benefits include our healthy incentive bonus, Christmas bonus, private health insurance, private dental insurance, life assurance, season ticket loan.

  • Life sciences & healthcare regulatory
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporate & securities
  • Financial services
  • Competition
  • International arbitration
  • White collar crime
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
Phone: 020 7786 6100
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 10
Minimum qualification: 2.1
Start salary: £55,660
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Training contract applications: 625 (2015)
Retention rate: 50% (2017)
Partner diversity:
  • 76.0% male (2022)
  • 24.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 59.0% male (2022)
  • 41.0% female
  • Brussels
  • Amsterdam
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Silicon Valley
  • Washington DC
  • West Palm Beach
  • Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Kids in Need of Defense
  • LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group)
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • Single Homeless Project
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • UK collaborative pro bono plan
  • Waterloo Legal Advice Clinic
  • #10000BlackInterns
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • DiversCity
  • East London Business Alliance
  • InterLaw Diversity Forum
  • Social Mobility Business Partnership
  • Stonewall