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Application details and method of selection
Applications for training contracts for 2020, 2021 and 2022 will open on 1 November 2018. Closing date is 30 June 2019 – apply online.
Firm description and career prospects
The key to our success is our ability to build lasting relationships: with clients and with each other. United through a culture defined by commitment to professional development, teamwork, diversity, pro bono and community support, we have grown to become one of the largest law firms in the world. Our 27 offices span three continents and London is currently the largest with over 600 people. Our offices benefit from an international framework, but each one retains key elements of the local business culture. The team in London is based in the Broadgate Tower, which boasts fantastic views of the city.
We are particularly well known for our work advising leading companies in the areas of financial services, life sciences, shipping, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media. We provide a wide range of commercial legal advice for all these clients, including a full spectrum of corporate, commercial and financial services, dispute resolution, real estate and employment advice. Much of our work is multi-jurisdictional.
GDL funding: Fees paid plus £6,000 maintenance.
LPC funding: Fees paid plus £7,000 maintenance.
Delegates spend two weeks in a department of their choice, shadowing associates and partners. In addition, delegates participate in bespoke training sessions and practical exercises to build their skills and knowledge of the law. They also enjoy a number of social events where we encourage engagement with current Reed Smith trainees.
We offer places to students who will, at the time of attending the scheme, have completed at least two years of undergraduate study. The closing date for our 2019 scheme is 31 January 2019.
Training contract programme
We offer a four-seat programme and our approach to training means trainees are given access to real work and the option to take part in community projects or pro bono work. Our departments are structured across offices so that trainees are regularly in touch with colleagues and clients in different offices.
There are also opportunities for secondments to clients and our overseas offices. Trainees also benefit from being able to take a wide range of training courses offered by our learning and development team.
We have developed a new version of the LPC that fully integrates legal and business learning and leads to a unique LLM qualification, the LLM Commercial Legal Practice course. Our bespoke programme is the first of its kind and allows students to study commercial and legal aspects in parallel, not separately, so that they complete the course before entering the training contract with us.
Corporate, real estate, employment, financial services, commercial disputes, tax, energy and natural resources, shipping and transportation, IP, tech and dates, entertainment and media.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
Abu Dhabi, Athens, Austin, Beijing, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, London, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Munich, Paris, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Richmond, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tysons, Washington DC, Wilmington
A4ID, Amicus, Aspire Foundation, Citizens Advice Bureau, Fair Trials International, LawWorks, Lawyers Without Borders, Liberty, PILnet (public interest law), Prince’s Trust, ProHelp, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, Reprieve, The National Pro Bono Centre, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, TrustLaw Connect
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Bright Network, Brokerage Citylink, DiversCity, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, MyPlus Consulting, PRIME, Stonewall, TARGETjobs Events, Urban Lawyers Careers Conference