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Application details and method of selection
Apply using online application form by 31 July 2019 to begin training in 2021. Please note we give preference to those students who have previously completed a vacation placement with us.
Find out more and network with recruiters and lawyers from Vinson & Elkins RLLP at the LawCareersNetLIVE London student conference on Friday 6 December 2019. Apply before midnight on Wednesday 30 October 2019 to be considered for a place.
Firm description and career prospects
Vinson & Elkins is a leading US-based international law firm with more than 650 lawyers located in 16 cities across the globe. Over three decades ago we became one of the first US law firms to establish a practice in London. Since then we have built a dynamic office, doing work that has gained the respect of clients around the world. V&E is consistently recognised by independent reviews as one of the world's leading energy practices. Over the years, V&E has amassed a wealth of experience working on projects for clients in almost every country on the map.
We are accustomed to working not only in well-defined markets, but also in less familiar and challenging environments, under developing local regimes or with weak communications and infrastructure. We know how to adapt to local customs, cultures and laws, enabling us to handle matters quickly and effectively. We work in tandem with our clients, travelling wherever and whenever we're needed to get the job done. We know what it takes to make deals work and to win cases. This knowledge enables us to offer creative solutions for our clients engaged in leading-edge projects around the world.
Types of work
Our clients are predominantly in the energy, finance and infrastructure sectors and the London office specialises in M&A, project development and finance, international arbitration and litigation, corporate, structured finance, tax and construction.
Who should apply
We are looking to recruit ambitious individuals with strong academic results, sound commercial awareness and the ability to work as an integral member of a team. The ability to think laterally and creatively is essential.
GDL and LPC fees paid, plus a maintenance grant of up to £8,000 for the LPC and GDL years.
For Summer 2019 placements apply by 31 January 2019. Applications should be made by way of our online application form, available from our website from November 2018.
Vacation placements at V&E are designed to give you real experience as to what a training contract with us will be like, and will give you exposure to real deals, cases and clients.
If you are in the first year of a law degree or the penultimate year of a non-law degree, and would like to learn more about the firm, you may be interested in applying to attend our open day on 20 March 2019. The open day is dedicated to candidates at this earlier stage. Applications can be made at any time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, contact details, and your current stage of education. Please also confirm that you have achieved our minimum academic requirements of at least AAB at A level or equivalent. Open day places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Training contract programme
The firm operates a non-rotational training system and trainees work in all practice areas throughout their two years. Secondments to one of our international offices are a regular feature. The training is designed to provide variety, flexibility and responsibility from the start, and earned V&E the 'Best Trainer – US firm in the City' award in 2010 and the 'Best Trainer – Medium City Firm' award in 2006, both from LawCareers.Net. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 the scheme was shortlisted for the 'Best Trainer – US firm in the City' award. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the firm was further shortlisted for the 'Best Recruiter – US firm in the City' award. The firm also won 'Best Recruiter – US firm in the City' award in 2017 and Best Training Principal in 2018.
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Litigation/arbitration, finance, M&A, tax, energy, transactions, projects
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
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