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Application details and method of selection
Applications for the 2019 spring vacation scheme (for training contracts starting in September 2021) are accepted from 25 October 2018.
The assessment days will take place in March 2019, and the 2019 vacation scheme is taking place in April 2019.
Firm description and career prospects
The firm’s London office – an integral part of Ropes & Gray’s global offering – has been developed to meet the needs of the firm’s sophisticated fund and investor client base, alongside corporate clients across a range of industries including life sciences, healthcare, financial services, asset management and TMT. Since opening our London office in January 2010, we have assembled a fully integrated team built around private equity, bank/bond financing, special situations, real estate, asset management, private investment funds, investment management, financial crime and disputes resolution, IP, data protection and tax. The bespoke London office compliments our firm's traditional core strengths, such as private equity and funds, while retaining the flexibility to identify and react to any future market needs. With a focus on sophisticated investors our firm’s work involves complex cross-border transactions, requiring our lawyers to have an in-depth understanding of the legal and business requirements of multiple jurisdictions.
High-quality international transfers and lateral recruits make up the London team, which collectively speaks over 38 languages and represents 28 nationalities. We are market insiders with a strong reputation within the UK and European business community and we have longstanding relationships with leading local firms in all major European and Asian jurisdictions.
Representative clients include: Altice, Bain Capital, BlackRock, Blackstone, CVC Credit Partners, GoldenTree Asset Management, Highbridge, JPMorgan, Liberty Global, MezzVest, Morgan Stanley, Nordic Capital, Partners Group, Sankaty Advisors, Smedvig Capital, TPG, Virgin Media and Vision Capital.
Our success has been recognised in the London market with a range of awards. In 2017, we were named Finance Team of the Year by Legal Business, for our innovative advice on two ground-breaking financings and we also won High Yield Deal of the Year at the IFLR Europe 2017 Awards. We’ve also been named US Law Firm of the Year twice – in 2013 and 2015 – by Legal Business.
We were ranked number one for formal training in the 2016 Vault guide released in July 2015, marking it the fifth year in a row that the firm has earned the top spot in this category. The firm also ranked number one for firm culture and was ranked second among US firms for “Best Law Firm to Work For,” a defining category in which the firm has ranked first or second in the country each of the past seven years.
We are looking for people with an entrepreneurial approach to dealing with clients and business development. Direct client contact is taken for granted, and not just at senior levels – all our lawyers are encouraged and supported in playing their own part in active business development. This is balanced by an open door policy ensuring candidates will have the support needed to build a successful career.
To find out what it is like to work at Ropes & Gray read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
We will pay tuition and examination fees for both the GDL and the LPC.
Maintenance will be paid at the current rate of £8,000 per annum.
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.
For those candidates interested in applying for our 2019 vacation scheme, please apply online by 31 January 2019.
Training contract programme
We want you to be the very best lawyer you can be, so we have created a ‘best in class’ trainee programme that provides you with the perfect platform from which you can go on to develop your career within the firm. The training involves:
A four-seat rotation giving you exposure to a number of legal disciplines. You will have a lot of guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, you will meet with your training principal to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet your goals. We work hard to match your seat preferences with the needs of the business.
Highly trained and dedicated supervisors to provide you with on-the-job training and feedback, together with objective mentoring and advice.
Professional Skills Core Courses (PSC), which are completed before your first day in the office together with 24 hours of PSC electives to be completed throughout the duration of the two year training contract.
A comprehensive training programme consists of in-house courses, specialist seminars and workshops. You will also complete a litigation training programme which is completed in the second year of your training contract.
A structured performance review system which ensures you receive feedback on your performance every three months to recognise achievements and identify any areas of development.
Finance, private investment funds, private equity, real estate, tax, privacy and cybersecurity, antitrust and litigation and enforcement
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
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
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