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Application details and method of selection
How to apply
Apply online between 1 October 2019 and 5 January 2020 for spring and summer vacation schemes in 2020, and between 1 June 2020 and 12 July 2020 for training contracts beginning in September 2022. An online application form will be available on the firm's website during these times. Anyone interested in a training contract with Debevoise is strongly encouraged to apply for a vacation scheme place.
What we’re looking for
Students whose personal qualities, academic record and other achievements demonstrate exceptional ability, motivation and potential. Applicants will make a significant contribution to our firm and thrive in our unique culture. We look for an ability to listen actively, think creatively and interact successfully. We also look for maturity and leadership qualities.
Firm description and career prospects
Who we are
Debevoise & Plimpton is a leading international law firm with market-leading practices with offices in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. The London office works on many of the highest profile and most complex transactions in Europe and worldwide. We do this by virtue of our English and New York law expertise and our close integration with our other offices. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. The firm’s culture fosters a collaborative approach across disciplines and regions, and, as a result, clients benefit from the dedication, cohesiveness and superior quality that we bring to all of our work worldwide.
What we do
In developing our practice in London, we have sought to replicate the core strengths of our practice worldwide. Our focus is on private equity, insurance, international disputes and investigations, financial institutions, M&A, finance, capital markets and tax.
Full tuition fees are paid for the GDL and LPC, together with a maintenance grant of £9,000 per year.
Bonus, private medical and dental insurance, life assurance, group income protection, pension, computer allowance, cycle scheme, interest-free season ticket loan and subsidised on-site café.
Training contract programme
What you’ll do
One of Debevoise’s basic principles is that each of our associates should become a ‘well rounded’ lawyer – an effective counsellor, advisor, and advocate – who can combine specific legal knowledge with the ability to deal with a broad range of situations. We believe that lawyers best develop their skills through a combination of formal training and on-the-job experience, in a respectful and collegial environment. The two years are split into four six-month seats and trainees have the opportunity to gain experience in at least three distinct areas of law with a mandatory seat in litigation/arbitration. Trainees may also have the opportunity to spend time in the Hong Kong and Moscow offices.
Corporate, Litigation, Tax, Finance, Funds
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Practice
New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo
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Diversity access schemes