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White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one and a willingness to take charge of their own career. We value globally-minded citizens of the world who are eager to work across borders and cultures, and who are intrigued by solving problems within multiple legal systems. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a solid 2.1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.?
How to apply and deadlines
Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)
Application deadline: 16 October 2022
Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates)
Application deadline: 15 January 2023
Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates)
Application deadline: 15 January 2023
Application deadline: 16 July 2023
8 November 2022 (application deadline 28 October 2022)
22 November 2022 (application deadline 28 October 2022)
First-year two-day insight scheme
3 – 4 May 2023 (application deadline 31 March 2023)
10 – 11 May 2023 (application deadline 31 March 2023)
How to applywww.whitecase.com
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Video interview
- Written exercise
White & Case is a global law firm of more than 2,600 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an unrivalled network of 45 offices in 31 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in over 200 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices. As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.
As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career. In London, our key areas of work include: debt finance (including regulatory compliance); financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).
Discover White & Case through the eyes of our people. Read more about our work and our people at inside.whitecase.com.
A vacation scheme provides a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a White & Case trainee. Playing an active part in the life of the London office you will receive real work from a dedicated supervisor, attend interactive, informative sessions and be given plenty of opportunities to network at social events.
You can apply to attend one of our London office open days for a useful insight into the firm and the training we offer. We are holding open days for second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates. Please see the dates below.
8 November 2022 (deadline 28 October 2022)
22 November 2022 (deadline 28 October 2022)
First-year two-day insight scheme
As a first-year student, you can apply for one of our two-day insight schemes which will take place from 3 – 4 May 2023 and 10 – 11 May 2023. Over the course of the two days you will attend presentations, workshops and work shadow a trainee.
White & Case virtual learning programme
Our virtual learning programme offers the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into life as a White & Case trainee and experience the realities of cross-border law.
There is no cost to access the programme; it is self-paced to fit around your schedule, and no application form or legal knowledge is required. You'll gain insight into the fast-paced cutting-edge projects our lawyers and trainees work on, and gain valuable skills by undertaking true-to-life legal tasks. Participation in the learning programme will be recognised on our application forms, and it is a great way to demonstrate your interest in law and White & Case.
Wherever you are based, we want to give everyone the opportunity to get to know us.
If you're globally minded and ambitious, join our virtual learning platform here.
The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. White & Case is a “high-stretch, high-support” workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success. We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.
White & Case celebrates and welcomes difference
We strive to create an environment where everyone can bring their authentic, full selves to work and thrive. Our culture promotes a respectful, supportive workplace environment, where all people feel accepted for who they are, experience a sense of belonging and are empowered to unite across differences.
For more information please visit www.whitecase.com/diversity/our-commitment-diversity.
We will cover your GDL and LPC fees and provide a maintenance grant of £17,000 for the GDL and £17,000 for the LPC.
In addition to our core benefits (including a pension, private medical insurance and life insurance) and flexible benefits (including cycle to work scheme, season ticket loan and dental insurance) every employee receives a wellness spending account where you can be reimbursed up to £500 per year towards the cost of fitness activities, gym memberships and relaxation services.
- Debt finance
- Capital markets
- Corporate M&A
- Corporate PE
- Compensation & benefits (ECB)
- Project & asset finance (EIPAF)
- social & governance (ESG)
- Financial restructuring & insolvency (FRI)
- Financial services regulatory (FSR)
- General counsel
- Intellectual property
- Litigation & arbitration
- Real estate
- White collar
- Corporate & Commercial
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
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- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- Los Angeles
- Mexico City
- New York
- Nur Sultan
- São Paulo
- Silicon Valley
- Washington DC
- *Associated firm
- Fair Trials International
- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
- TrustLaw Connect
- Whitechapel Mission
- Afro-Caribbean Network
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Solicitors Network
- Bright Network
- City Horizons
- Women in the City