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Application details and method of selection
Online application form and verbal reasoning test
Your application form and verbal reasoning test are reviewed in combination. The application includes your personal details, academics, work experience and a mix of research based and situational questions. The verbal reasoning test asks you to read a written passage followed by a series of questions with possible true, false or cannot say response. The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Within your application you can also advise us of any extenuating circumstances that are relevant for us to consider. In addition we use Rare contextual recruitment system when screening applications to increase greater diversity of backgrounds at entry level.
After your application has been reviewed and if you meet our benchmark, you’ll then be progressed to the next stage of our application process;
The assessment centre includes a drafting exercise, role play exercise and negotiation. If applying to a vacation scheme and you are successful at this stage you will be offered a position, your application will be progressed to (3) vacation scheme, if applying directly for a training contract please refer to (4) partner interview.
3. Vacation scheme
The vacation scheme is 1-2 weeks in duration depending on what intake you are in. You’ll be provided with a trainee buddy and partner buddy for the duration of your time at BCLP. Throughout the vacation scheme you’ll be assigned various tasks, including at least one piece of written work to assess your drafting skills. The scheme will also include department workshops, an interview skills workshop, partner lunch and social events. We collect feedback from your buddies, they will include feedback including recommendation to recruit or not. Whilst on your vacation scheme you will also complete a (4) partner interview this will complete their assessment and determine if they will be hired or not
4. Partner interview
The partner interview is scheduled for 1 hour, be expected to interview with two senior representative of the firm.
If successful at partner interview you’ll be offered a training contract – congratulations! Successful candidates will typically have four weeks to accept our offer.
Firm description and career prospects
Formed by the merger of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner, global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is purposely structured in a way few other law firms are, as a fully integrated international team that provides clients with clear, connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it.
GDL and LPC course fees plus maintenance grant.
BCLP's training contract consists of four six-month rotations across two years, we have the following seat options available:
Real estate: real estate, planning and zoning, commercial construction and engineering
Corporate department: investment management , M&A and corporate finance, technology and commercial, tax advice and controversy, private client
Finance department: banking, Goldman Sachs secondment, structured debt, energy, environment and infrastructure, asset finance, real estate finance, restructuring and insolvency
Litigation and corporate risk department: real estate disputes, investigations, financial regulation and white collar crime, commercial disputes, antitrust and competition (non-contentious), international arbitration and construction disputes, labour and employment
In addition there is an opportunity for trainees to second to Abu Dhabi, Brussles, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Training contract programme
Trainees from Hong Kong, London and Manchester, will participate in a comprehensive centralised induction programme based in London which is designed to prepare them for practice and to equip them with the practical skills needed to excel as a trainee at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Trainees work on challenging projects from the outset and are given a high level of responsibility. Hong Kong and London trainees rotate through four, six-month seats in different parts of the business. Trainees in Manchester are allocated work on a pooled basis, gaining contentious, non-contentious experience with some of the most prestigious clients during their two-year training contract. We encourage trainees to undertake a secondment to one of our clients or an international secondment to one of our overseas offices.
Trainees will have a lot of guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, they will meet with their partner mentor and a member of the graduate recruitment and development team, to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet those goals. We work hard to match seat preferences with the needs of the business.
Trainees will receive in-depth department training at the beginning and during each seat, which will give them the legal know-how to succeed in their department. Support from a dedicated training team and can expect to receive 232 hours of training by the time you are a qualified lawyer.
When approaching qualification, we will meet with trainees several times during the qualification process to talk through the direction that they want to go in, the options open to you and to understand what you are looking for from their career. We work hard at ensuring that trainees stay within the firm, placing them in areas of work in which the trainee wishes to pursue a career. Our intention is to be open with you, and to try to ensure, ultimately, that you stay with us beyond the training contract.
Real estate, planning and environment, construction and engineering (non-contentious), investment management, corporate finance, restructuring and insolvency, commercial, employment, banking, structured debt and capital markets, project finance, asset finance, real estate finance, real estate disputes, insurance, commercial dispute resolution, antitrust and competition, contentious construction, IP, corporate tax, private client.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
London, Manchester, Hong Kong
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