Sidley Austin LLP
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Firm description and career prospects
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms with approximately 1,900 lawyers practising in 20 offices on four continents (North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia). The firm provides a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of its clients across a multitude of industries.
To find out what it is like to work at Sidley Austin LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Who should apply
Sidley Austin LLP is looking for focused, intelligent and enthusiastic individuals who have a real interest in practising law in the commercial world. Trainees should have a consistently strong academic record and a 2.1 degree (not necessarily in law).
GDL and LPC fees paid. Maintenance grant also paid (up to £7,000 per annum). Trainees undertake the fast-track LPC at BPP Law School.
We run a one-week winter vacation scheme and two-week vacation schemes in spring and summer each year.
Students will spend time in at least two different departments and will share an office with a qualified lawyer. You will experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer at the firm and will have the opportunity to undertake real work rather than just observing or shadowing. This practical experience will be supplemented by a programme of presentations and workshops that will ensure you get to know as much about the firm as you possibly can during the placement.
There will also be some organised social events to help you get to know our current trainees.
Our winter vacation scheme runs for one week from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 December 2017.
Our spring vacation scheme runs for two weeks from 3 to 13 April 2018.
Our summer schemes will run for two weeks across the following dates:
11 - 22 June
25 June - 6 July
9 - 20 July
Application and selection
Applications for the 2017/2018 vacation schemes will open on the 1 October 2017.
Training contract programme
The firm is not a typical City firm and it is not a 'legal factory' so there is no risk of you being just a number. The team in London is dynamic and collegiate. Everyone is encouraged to be proactive and to create their own niche when they are ready to do so. Trainees spend a period of time in the firm's main groups. In each group, trainees will sit with a partner or senior associate. We aim to provide individual training that is both effective and based on 'hands on' experience.
A formal appraisal takes place at the end of the seat. Regular meetings with the training principal and the input of partners with responsibility for work allocation, aims to ensure both the quantity and quality of your experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.
Capital markets, corporate, competition, employment, disputes, funds, finance, insolvency, insurance, regulatory, tax.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington D.C.
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment