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Application details and method of selection
Applications for the 2018 vacation scheme (for training contracts starting in September 2020) are accepted from 26 October 2017.
The assessment days will now take place on 6 and 7 March 2018, and the 2018 vacation scheme is now taking place from 3 – 13 April 2018.
Applications for training contracts starting in September 2020 are accepted from 1 February 2018. The deadline is 31 July 2018. The assessment day will take place in September 2018.
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.
Each year we have eight places on our two-week vacation schemes which run in April. These schemes are 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. Your 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 client work at trainee level, and be mentored and supported by both your supervisor and trainee ‘buddy’. You can expect to attend workshops, training sessions and excursions to the nearby barristers’ chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice. You will also have the opportunity to interact with our employees at social networking events.You will be paid £350 per week.
For those candidates interested in applying for our 2018 vacation scheme, please apply online by 31 January 2018. Applications will be live on our website on 26 October 2017.
Training contract programme
The training contract in London is comprised of four six-month seats, rotating between practice groups and progress is reviewed every three months. We currently offer seats in antitrust, asset management, business and securities litigation, finance, government enforcement, intellectual property transactions, private investment funds, private equity, real estate, special situations and tax. We also offer an international seat in the finance team of our Hong Kong office. All trainees currently attend the University of Law trainee litigation programme.
We aim to distinguish our trainee programme by ensuring that our trainees receive the best training available to enable them to demonstrate that they are of the right quality to be offered jobs upon qualification and to then progress and develop their careers within the firm. While some of our trainees have read law at university, we welcome graduates from every discipline. The "best training available" in this context means both the formal training provided as part of the Professional Skills Course, in seminars, workshops and lectures together with practical hands-on training overseen by a supervising partner or senior associate. The small number of trainees in the firm enables us to ensure that trainees are offered early responsibility and challenging work, assisting with a variety of tasks on a range of transactions.
We provide continuous support for our trainees over their two-year contract, making sure that they’re given a dedicated HR contact who will deal with any personnel matters and ensure that their training and development needs are met.
When it comes to qualification, if you make the grade and would like to stay on with us, we'll make every effort to find the right place for you.
Finance, private investment funds, private equity, special situations, real estate, tax, intellectual property transactions, antitrust, business and securities litigation, government enforcement.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Washington DC
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