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Candidates should be in the penultimate year of a law degree, or final year of a non-law degree or beyond to apply for our vacation schemes or training contract. We would expect all candidates to have achieved AAB at A level (or equivalent) and a 2.1 in their undergraduate degree where applicable.
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Graduate Recruitment Team
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm with internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas.
Our teams of sharp and intelligent people have built one of the few global law firms with truly integrated strength in the major financial centres across Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. As our teams are smaller than those in many large UK law firms, we’re looking for energetic people who are ready to make an important contribution almost immediately in our growing London office – people who will relish playing a key role in international projects and working alongside fellow lawyers worldwide.
Working at Latham & Watkins offers the best of both worlds. You’ll rapidly assume a high level of responsibility and enjoy significantly more partner and client interaction than at other leading law firms, coupled with an established mentoring program and continuous support.
In a nutshell, you’ll gain real responsibility to enable you to develop a really rewarding career here at Latham.
If this environment is for you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Accepting a training contract is an important decision. Our vacation schemes are an exciting opportunity not only for us to get to know you, but also for you to get to know us. You will be exposed to real work, with real clients, experiencing the real life of our lawyers.
We offer vacation schemes in London, Singapore and Dubai. For Singapore and Dubai you can find more information at www.lwcareers.com.
We offer vacation schemes throughout the year. Our vacation schemes are open to penultimate-year law students, all final-year students, and graduates.
31 October 2021 (Winter)
2 January 2022 (Summer)
During the course of two weeks (one week for the winter vacation scheme), you will sit in two practice areas (we will ask you for your preferred areas before the scheme starts). You will share an office with your supervisor each week, and you will also have the support of a trainee mentor and the graduate recruitment team.
You can expect to be involved in client calls, court visits, Q&As and training, as well as group work and social events.
Towards the end of the scheme, once you have had a chance to experience the work and culture at Latham, you will have the opportunity to interview for our training contract.
We offer training contracts in our London and Singapore offices.
Induction for trainees at Latham lasts for three weeks and will cover everything required to get you prepared for the first day in your new seat. You will complete part of the professional skills course, receive comprehensive training on IT, time recording and knowledge management and learn more about the firm you have joined. You will also have the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, including partners, your fellow trainees and the graduate development team.
You will complete four, six-month seats. Two of these will be in our corporate and finance groups both of which sit at the heart of our London practice. We encourage all trainees to complete a contentious seat in our litigation department if possible, however a litigation course is available to those who do not have this opportunity. Towards the end of each seat you will be invited to submit preferences for your next seat.
The graduate development team will work with you to ensure you spend time with teams that will aid your development, suit your skills and challenge you to build an excellent foundation for your career.
You will have the opportunity to apply for a secondment in either your third or fourth seat. This will either be to one of our international offices or to one of our clients. Both international and client secondments offer invaluable learning experiences, as they involve high levels of responsibility and the chance to experience a different culture.
Before joining the firm you will be assigned a trainee mentor. Mentoring is a key part of the support system at Latham and the firm-wide program will be an essential component of your career development. As a trainee you will be matched with an associate who will be your mentor throughout your training contract and your first year after qualification.
In each seat, you will be part of a small team, so will have high levels of responsibility coupled with a strong support network. On a day-to-day basis you will be supervised by an associate or a partner who will provide you with feedback and guidance.
Your progress in each seat is reviewed regularly, with formal performance management at the middle and end of each seat. You will also meet regularly with the recruiting committee and graduate development team to discuss your performance, seat preferences and options for qualification.
In each department you will be given real responsibility and will make a meaningful contribution to the client work product. As you progress through your training contract your confidence will grow, as will your skills. The work will depend on the seat, but it will be varied, fast-paced and exciting. Much of the work you do will be international, for example, more than 70% of the transactions we work on involve at least five of our offices.
The firm is actively reviewing how it will embed the SQE within its training programme to ensure our future trainees can get the most out of their study and training at the firm.
We are excited about the opportunity to implement positive change, and look forward to sharing further details in due course.
Latham & Watkins’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is incorporated at every level of the firm. The mission of our diversity leadership committee (DLC) is to enhance diversity at all levels of our lawyers’ careers including through recruitment, development, retention, promotion, and leadership.
The DLC works closely with our executive committee and the committees who oversee recruitment, evaluations, and progression to strengthen and promote the firm as a workplace where the best and brightest attorneys from all groups, including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal industry, excel and find the opportunities and support to fulfill their potential to become firm and industry leaders.
Once you receive your training contract offer, we ask you to enrol for the GDL and LPC (where applicable) at BPP. We support you financially during your studies, paying your fees and a maintenance grant of £10,500 per year. If you have already completed the GDL and/or LPC we will reimburse your fees in full. If you achieve, or have achieved a distinction in your LPC you will receive a £500 bonus.
- Private equity
- Technology transactions
- Capital markets
- Project finance
- Financial regulatory
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
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
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
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.
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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
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.
The life sciences sector combines a diverse range of practice areas, demanding advice in areas like food, healthcare and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Training contract applications:||1,000 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2021)|
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