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We review all applications and no longer use an online verbal reasoning test. The application includes your personal details, academics, work experience and a mix of research based and situational questions.
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, business style role play, negotiation exercise and a 30 minute interview with a member of HR and or a senior associate. 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 one 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.
How to applytrainee.bclplaw.com
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
We are Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. If you're looking for the most invigorating and inspiring start to your career in law, there's no other firm quite like us.
BCLP is where 1,400 talented lawyers in 31 offices around the globe come together to provide clear, connected legal advice to high profile clients in every time zone. Unlike many other global law firms, we are truly one firm with one profit pool, rather than a Swiss Verein.
It's where cutting-edge technology meets true thought leadership and where everyone from the newest trainee to the most senior partner contributes to a culture that's friendly, supportive and hugely rewarding.
If you share our progressive attitude and fresh-thinking approach, BCLP is where your ambition meets the future of law.
Our two-week summer vacation schemes give you the chance to gain some first-hand experience of life at BCLP and the work we do. We run two each year at our London office – one in June and one in July – each for around 15-20 students. Here, you'll be very much part of the team, doing live work, and getting involved in everything from research and client meetings to court runs and presentations. Recent topics have included advising a charity on how they could help prevent the use of the death penalty in Sri Lanka, and delivering a mock M&A pitch to a client. You'll also get to attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, have a sit down lunch with partners and meet regularly with your supervisor. It will all help to develop your skill sets and your knowledge of the firm. It is not all 'work and no play', there is a speed networking lunch and evening social events so you can network with people outside of your department.
We also offer a summer vacation scheme in our Hong Kong office, these are four weeks in length and take place in June and July. We invite up to five candidates per scheme and you will very much be viewed as part of the team. You will be given 'real work' which could be anything from attending a client meeting or call as well as listening to talks lead by partners where you can learn about the different practice areas on offer. All interns are asked to take part in our monthly ‘In the Know’ sessions where trainees and associates give presentations on hot topics relevant to their departments and the legal sector as a whole. We also give you a taste of the social life in Hong Kong with a series of 'happy hour' Friday drinks with some ping pong, a charity day out of the office, a dinner with partners, yoga Fridays and much more.
Our week-long insight scheme (for first-year law students and second year non-law students) provides a window into BCLP's work and culture. Through a series of talks and workshops, you'll learn what life is like in a major law firm and start to build the skill sets you need for a successful career in law. You'll also be assigned a trainee buddy and get to see what their day-to-day work involves. Impress us and you'll even have the chance to apply for a training contract before other candidates.
The firm is structured into four large departments: real estate, corporate, finance, and litigation and corporate risk. Trainees work on challenging projects from the outset and are given a high level of responsibility. A handful of our internationally renowned clients are names such as Deliveroo, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Heathrow, EDF, BT, Deutsche Bank, Tesco and eBay to name a few.
At BCLP we are fully committed to providing continual, high-quality training and support to our trainee cohort. We offer four seat rotations of six months, with flexible seat choices across all core departments and a wide range of practice areas in the business. Each trainee receives regular 1:1 support from the graduate recruitment team and the training principal, a partner mentor to provide wider career guidance and a designated supervisor within each department. Trainees have access to individual coaching and training from the learning and development team, as well as quarterly ‘Lunch and Learn’ updates. We aim to continuously improve our trainee experience and accordingly run a trainee discussion forum with representatives from each trainee intake to facilitate active information sharing between management and trainees. We also have an active trainee social committee to organise regular opportunities for trainees to get together outside of the office.
We currently offer international secondments in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Brussels. Trainees can also spend six months on a client secondment with names such as Argent, AIG, Goldman Sachs, MUFG Bank, Heathrow and Reprieve.
We sponsor your Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), as well as providing a maintenance grant for each course.
- Investment management
- Corporate finance
- Technology & commercial
- Data privacy
- Tax advice & controversy
- Private client
- Commercial construction & engineering
- Planning & zoning
- Core real estate
- Structured finance
- Asset finance
- Real estate finance
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Real estate disputes
- Financial regulation & white collar crime
- Commercial disputes
- Antitrust & competition
- International arbitration & construction disputes
- Commercial construction
- Construction disputes
- Labour & employment
- Office of General Counsel
- Risk & compliance
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£660,000 (2012)|
|Retention rate:||83% (2012)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- Colorado Springs
- Irvine (Orange County)
- Jefferson City
- Kansas City
- New York
- San Francisco
- Santa Monica
- St. Louis
- Washington DC
- Sonali Gardens Legal Advice Centre
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Business Disability Forum
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- Urban Lawyers Careers Conference