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Application details and method of selection
We will be accepting applications to start in September 2020/March 2021 from 1 October 2017. There will be two windows to apply for training contracts with the firm. These will be from 1 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 and then again from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018.
The two windows are to ensure you have an opportunity to apply at a time that best suits you. The early window is for those candidates who feel ready to apply for a training contract straight away. If you have applied for and are planning to undertake a summer vacation scheme later in the year, you should wait until the summer to apply. You can apply at either time if you are a penultimate-year law student and beyond, or a graduate or finalist studying a non-law subject.
We will be accepting applications for our 2017/18 schemes (one in winter and two in the summer) from 1 September 2017. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 November 2017 for the winter scheme, and 7 January 2018 for the summer schemes. Early applications are recommended as we will be interviewing from October 2017 to February 2018.
Firm description and career prospects
With 25 offices in 15 countries and a number of referral relationships we offer the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. Our 400 partners and further 1,000 lawyers work across 10 different time zones, responding to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.
Our clients are at the heart of our thinking, our ambition is to be our clients' most incisive partner. You will see we have a prestigious client base, with whom we build strong partnerships working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver incisive and insightful commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities for our people to work in numerous jurisdictions with leading international organisations across the world.
At Ashurst you will work as part of a team of high calibre individuals operating in a high performance environment. We are creative, innovative, agile and incisive thinkers always looking for new and better ways of doing things.
You will enjoy an inclusive culture which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce. As part of a truly collaborative team working in partnership together with openness and respect across offices, geographies and specialisms, we support each other to achieve great things for our clients. We take exactly the same approach with our people: we’re interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and simply enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer.
To find out what it is like to work at Ashurst read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
For the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC), we offer scholarships that cover your course fees and provide £8,000 per year towards the cost of maintenance (£7,000 if you choose to study the GDL outside London).
The best way to understand what it feels like to work here is to actually work here. Every year, we hold four vacation schemes – a single one-week scheme in spring for first-year law students; two three-week summer schemes and a single one-week scheme in the winter – each designed to give you an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do.
We work hard to make sure they're as useful and as stimulating as possible; in fact, we organise the schemes along with a committee of trainees who've been where you've been and know the best way to introduce you to the firm.
You'll see either one or two different departments and will be supervised by a qualified solicitor who'll get you involved in real work. You'll learn about our specialist areas by attending workshops and exploring a case study that's based on a recent transaction.
There's also a chance to get involved in team-building events to experience the way we work together, and social events to get to know our associates and current trainees away from the bustle of daily life.
Winter vacation scheme: 11 – 15 December 2017
First-year spring vacation scheme: 9 – 13 April 2018
Summer vacation scheme one: 25 June 2018 – 13 July 2018
Summer vacation scheme two: 23 July 2018 – 10 August 2018
To find out what it's like to undertake a placement at Ashurst LLP read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.
Training contract programme
A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.
This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.
Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.
Dispute resolution, technology and communications, employment, commercial real estate, corporate M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, securities and derivatives, restructuring and insolvency, tax, financial regulation, competition, corporate projects (energy, infrastructure, oil and gas).
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Canberra, Dubai, Frankfurt, Glasgow (support office), Hong Kong, Jakarta (associated office), Jeddah (associated office), London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Port Moresby, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington DC
A4ID, African Prisons Project, AIRE Centre, Amicus, Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme, Fair Trials International, Free Representation Unit, iProbono, IPSEA, LawWorks, PILnet (public interest law), Reprieve, The Bingham Centre, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, Tower Hamlets Law Centre, Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre, TrustLaw Connect, UnLtd
Diversity access schemes
Brokerage Citylink, Future First, Legal and Social Mobility Partnership, PRIME, Social Mobility Foundation, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership