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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

  • 15 vacancies
  • 22 trainees
  • 41 partners
  • 340 staff

About Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

International law firm, with over 1,100 lawyers worldwide and a reputation for providing first-class US and European legal advice.

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More info

For spring and summer vacation schemes please apply using the online application form from 10 September to 3 January 2021 (spring) and 17 January 2021 (summer).

How to apply

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

With approximately 1,100 lawyers across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice.

The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.

Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The firm’s people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.

A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a Weil trainee. You will spend each week in a different practice area and you will be able to submit preferences in advance. Throughout the scheme you will work alongside senior associates, carrying out trainee tasks and responsibilities.

You will be mentored and supported throughout the scheme, and your supervisor will always be there to provide constructive feedback and answer questions. You'll also have the support of a trainee buddy as well as lots of interaction with the Graduate Recruitment team. To help you get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops to attend on top of the day-to-day work.We also organise a number of social events, so you can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting.

We run two vacation schemes over the spring and summer holidays. Each scheme is two-weeks long and participants are paid £500 per week. There are 20 places available across the two schemes.

Spring vacation scheme

Monday 22 March – Thursday 1 April 2021

Deadline for applications: 3 January 2021

Summer vacation scheme

Monday 21 June – Friday 2 July 2021

Deadline for applications: 17 January 2021

Fast track scheme

Weil runs a fast track scheme for first year law students and second year non-law students. For further information, please visit

What we are looking for

A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful candidates will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team.

We are looking to recruit candidates from all universities and degree disciplines. Our academic requirements are AAB at A level or equivalent and a 2.1 degree (obtained or predicted). We take into account mitigating circumstances and use Rare’s contextualised recruitment system enabling us to measure an individual’s performance against the average grades of their school. We review all application forms holistically, which means if you fall slightly short of our academic requirements but demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered. Postgraduates and undergraduates are eligible to apply for a vacation scheme, but you must be able to start a training contract in 2023.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. Any candidates with a disability or a long-term health condition should feel able to be open about this at any point. The graduate recruitment team will work with you to establish the most suitable requirements, and make adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process. You can contact the graduate recruitment team on 020 7903 1000 or at

Weil’s training contract is designed to help you reach your potential as quickly as possible through constant exposure to high calibre work. We take an open and transparent approach to progression with a structure that makes sure you get the best start to your legal career.

As a trainee you will work on some of the most complex and sophisticated matters. The work will be varied, exciting and from the very start, you will be in the spotlight - tackling the problems our clients face.

During your training contract, you will complete four six month seats, one of which will be in corporate and one in finance. Our trainees have the option to undertake their seats in the following practice areas: private equity, private equity infrastructure, banking and finance, business finance restructuring, funds, structured finance, infrastructure finance, tax and litigation.

In each of your four seats, you will share an office with your supervisor, which means you will always have someone to guide you in your day-to-day work. In each seat you will have a mid-seat and end-of-seat performance review to help you identify areas of strength as well as areas for development.

The mentoring and support you receive as a Weil trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a partner mentor, who will be your go-to for advice and guidance throughout the full two years of your training.

We offer full sponsorship of both the GDL and LPC along with the following maintenance grants:

GDL - £8,000 per year

LPC - £10,000 per year

  • Private equity
  • Private equity infrastructure
  • Banking & finance
  • Business finance restructuring
  • Funds
  • Structured finance
  • Infrastructure finance
  • Tax
  • Litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

110 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AY
Phone: 020 7903 1000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 30
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree or equivalent
Start salary: £50,000
Training contract applications: 593 (2020)
Retention rate: 93% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 84.0% male (2020)
  • 16.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 42.0% male (2020)
  • 58.0% female
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • New York
  • Paris
  • London
  • Mary Ward Legal Advice Centre
  • Oxfam
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • DiversCity
  • IntoUniversity
  • Rare Recruitment
  • SEO London
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Warwick University Multicultural Scholars Programme