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King & Spalding

4 vacancies
8 trainees
522 partners
2343 staff

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries.

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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.

Applications to

Ms Rebecca Babb

Method of application

Employer Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • 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 (SQE) 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. 

  • Banking
  • Disputes
  • Energy & Projects
  • Finance
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Islamic Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

125 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AR
Phone: 020 7551 7500
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 0
Start salary: £50,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Retention rate: 100% (2023)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dubai
  • Singapore
  • London
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Social Mobility Business Partnership