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Ropes & Gray International LLP

  • 12 vacancies
  • 15 trainees
  • 25 partners
  • 221 staff

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Applications for the 2022 vacation schemes (for training contracts starting in 2022, 2023 and 2024) are accepted from 1 October 2021.

The deadline is 31 January 2022, with assessment centres taking place in March 2022.

Applications to

Ms Katy McAteer

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre

Ropes & Gray London is one of the largest offices in the Ropes & Gray network, and the hub of the firm’s EMEA network.

We are part of a world-leading US-based global law firm and set up in London in 2010. While we are now an established presence in the UK, we’ve retained all the buzz of our start-up years.

It makes us a little bit different: it means we have the stature and resources of a major international law firm combined with the pace, inclusivity and career progression of a specialist firm. Our clients like to work with us. We are, of course, always professional, but we are personal, and personable with it.

As a group, we’re international, diverse and our team is always professional, but uniquely personable. With around 23 partners, 92 fee earners and a trainee intake of 13, everybody in the office knows everyone else. That means that every hire we make is an important investment for the firm, because each team member has a distinct role to play in delivering excellent service to our clients. 

Internationally, Ropes & Gray is best known as the preeminent law firm for private capital clients. But we do more than just transactional PE work, in fact we also advise some of the world’s biggest businesses on their most challenging issues.

But don’t just take our word for it. In the UK, Ropes & Gray was named a Best Law Firm by The Times in 2018, while in the US, the firm has been ranked number one on The American Lawyer’s 2018 “A-List,” a ranking of the top 20 law firms in America. This is the eighth year in a row that the firm has been named in this elite list. The American Lawyer evaluates and ranks firms on the A-List by considering achievements in five key areas: firm performance, pro bono work, diversity, gender equity and associate satisfaction.

To find out what it is like to work at Ropes & Gray read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Our scheme is a really valuable opportunity for you to experience first-hand what it is like to be a trainee at the firm, and to understand the firm’s culture and expertise. You will also learn about how law firms work as a business, and how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

During the two-week scheme you will complete practice group and client work at trainee level. Before you join the scheme we’ll ask you for your practice group preferences and we’ll take these into account when allocating your supervisor. You will also be mentored and supported by your trainee ‘buddy’ and will be invited to an evening event with all of our trainee cohort. You can also expect to meet lawyers from each practice group, attend workshops, and you will have the opportunity to interact with our employees at social networking events.

Throughout the two weeks you will also be assessed for a training contact at the firm, and all students will be asked to research and write a short blog post, and work together in small groups (with support from our client development team) to research and present a mock pitch presentation using live client examples.

If you’re selected for a vacation scheme, you’ll get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a trainee at the firm. You’ll receive mentoring and support from your supervisor, meet lawyers from each practice group, attend workshops and interact with our employees at social networking events. In addition, all candidates will be asked to research and write a short blog post and work together in small groups (with support from our client development team) to present a mock pitch presentation, using live client examples. Our trainees are recruited exclusively from our vacation schemes. You will receive a payment of £800 for attending one of our vacation schemes and, most importantly, you’ll come away with a crucial network of contacts.

From September 2021, the routes to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales will change. A future trainee will have to complete two years of qualifying work experience and pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), a new, two-part centralised assessment being introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This will change the training requirements for our future trainees with a new updated Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for non-law graduates and an entirely new course (in place of the Legal Practice Course) for all future trainees that includes comprehensive preparation for the SQE assessments, as well as the knowledge and skills they will need for a career in City law practice. We will continue to keep our future trainees informed about these changes and guide them as to the best training route, depending on their planned start date with us.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment is one of our most important missions. Through the work of our London Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee we are working to build cultural awareness and cultural competence by enhancing programming that focuses on understanding bias, discrimination and racism, and on building allyship. We have several local employee networks, including a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion group, a Women’s Forum for lawyers, a Women’s Network for business support professionals and a Parent’s network.

We’ve partnered with diversity recruitment experts Rare and use their Contextual Recruitment System in our trainee recruitment process. The system enables us to further understand the context in which applicants’ experiences have been gained, and to identify outperformers that others may miss.

We also partner with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London, who introduce us to talented students from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to thrive as trainees at our firm.

We have a high level of female representation across all levels and practice groups, with women making up 42% of partners and 51% of associates.

We will pay tuition and examination fees for both the GDL, LPC and SQE.

Maintenance will be paid at the current rate of £10,000 per annum.

  • Finance
  • Asset management
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Data
  • Antitrust
  • Litigation & enforcement
  • Life science
  • Business restructuring
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

60 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AW
Phone: 020 3201 1500
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Minimum qualification: No minimum criteria
Start salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 575 (2021)
Retention rate: 100% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 58.0% male (2021)
  • 42.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 56.0% male (2021)
  • 44.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Silicon Valley
  • Tokyo
  • Washington DC
  • Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre
  • BPP Legal Advice Clinic
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • DiversCity
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London