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We welcome applications from all degree disciplines, and universities backgrounds.
We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate keen motivation, intellectual curiosity, innovative thinking, initiative and a strong desire to grow and develop within a Top 30 global law firm.
To be eligible to apply to a training contract with us you should be in the penultimate year of a law degree, final year or a non-law degree or you may have already graduated.
Application process as follows:
- completion of the application form;
- half day assessment centre at our London office (includes an interview with two partners/counsel from our interview panel, a written exercise and a negotiation exercise); and
- partner panel interview where you will present on a commercial topic of choice, this will be followed by a short Q&A to learn more about you and the topic of choice.
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Method of applicationEmployer Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,300 lawyers in 23 offices globally, we deliver tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.
We do not currently offer a vacation scheme programme.
Our London office recruits four trainees per year. We recruit two trainees across two intakes, March and September each year. London trainees gain direct experience in multiple practice areas and industries, including banking, disputes, energy and projects, finance, international arbitration, international trade, Islamic finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and tax. The seat rotations will provide you with broad training and lots of responsibility and exposure to our clients from day one, but in a supportive and collaborative environment.
We are recruiting for March 2025, March and September 2026; and March 2027.
Applications open on 1 September 2023 and close on 12 February 2024.
Under the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination we require law graduates to undertake SQE a year before commencing a training contract with us. We require non-law graduates to undertake a conversion course followed by the SQE.
King & Spalding is a disability inclusive employer. Please e-mail Rebecca Babb on [email protected] should you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. We would be happy to schedule in a time for a confidential call to discuss the assessment process and to understand how we can best support you through this process.
We offer full sponsorship of the SQE1 and 2 and the conversion course and SQE for non-law graduates.
We offer a £17,000 maintenance grant for each year of postgraduate study.
- Energy & projects
- International arbitration
- International trade
- Islamic finance
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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 involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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