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Ropes & Gray International LLP

  • 7 vacancies
  • 13 trainees
  • 23 partners
  • 208 staff

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Applications for the 2021 spring vacation scheme (for training contracts starting in 2022 and 2023) are accepted from 3 October 2020.

The deadline is 31 January 2021, with assessment centres taking place in March 2020. The spring vacation scheme will run from 6 April – 17 April 2021 and the summer vacation scheme from 28 June – 9 July 2021.

Applications to

Ms Katy McAteer

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre

Ropes & Gray is a leading global law firm focused on supporting the needs of funds and other sophisticated investors, alongside companies spanning a range of industries.

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 healthcare, infrastructure and TMT. The office features an international team of lawyers – from 27 countries and speaking more than 30 languages – that provides clients with a full service of transatlantic law capabilities coupled with an in-depth understanding of the market in the UK, Europe and Asia. The team additionally has strong and long-standing relationships with leading local firms across the EMEA region.

The world’s top talent is attracted to Ropes & Gray because they want to work at the forefront of our profession. Combining a highly supportive and collaborative culture with a premier global client base, world-class and diverse workforce, strength across multiple related legal specialties, and offices in key markets, the firm offers an exceptional platform for you to build an exceptional professional experience and a fulfilling career path.

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.

Diversity is part of the fabric of Ropes & Gray and the firm is committed to attracting retaining the very best talent regardless of background.  In London, we are proud that 48% of our partners and 46% of our associates in London are female.

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.

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.

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. We also offer an international seat in the finance team of the Hong Kong office.

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.

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.

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

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
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

60 Ludgate Hill, London, EC4M 7AW
Phone: 020 3201 1500
Work placement: Yes
Minimum qualification: No minimum criteria
Start salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 255 (2020)
Retention rate: 100% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 52.0% male (2020)
  • 48.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 54.0% male (2020)
  • 46.0% 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
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London