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Ashurst Graduate Careers

Welcome to the law firm hub for Ashurst. Here you will discover all the information you need about this international law firm, from its application process and secondment opportunities to its diversity initiatives and the firm's latest job vacancies for graduates and students. 

Direct Training Contract 2026/2027

  • Employer Ashurst
  • Salary(First Year) £52,000
  • Salary(Second Year) £57,000
  • Location London
  • Vacancies 40-45
  • Deadline29/03/2024

Ashurst in Action: A virtual experience for Student and Graduates

  • Employer Ashurst
  • Salary(N/A) N/A
  • Location Online
  • Vacancies
  • Deadline31/01/2025

The AllAboutLaw perspective on Ashurst

If you’d like to work for a large international law firm, which strives to ensure their employees are as diverse as their clientele, Ashurst is the firm for you. Founded in 1822, Ashurst has grown to become a global law firm, with 30 offices worldwide. Trainees regularly work with clients and lawyers around the world, finalising deals worth billions of pounds. A recent venture involved the firm advising Aristocrat Leisure, a leading global gaming and tech company, on a deal worth £2.1 billion.

Trainees at Ashurst complete four seats, each lasting six months, with opportunities in the firm’s finance, funds and restructuring practice, as well as corporate and contentious seats. There’s even the chance to spend six months away, during a client or international secondment.

Life at Ashurst isn’t just high-profile deals, given the firm’s strong commitment to pro-bono work. The firm has four priority areas for their work: citizenship and global displacement, gender rights and diversity, racial justice and modern slavery. All trainees are greatly encouraged to get involved and give back to their community. 

What the firm says

With 30 offices in 20 countries and 11 time zones, Ashurst offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. Our 1850 partners and lawyers work across 11 different time zones, responding to our clients wherever and whenever they need us. Our clients are at the heart of our thinking and our ambition is to be the most progressive global law firm. We are able to achieve this by being at the forefront of legal technology innovation with initiatives such as Ashurst Advance Digital, which is dedicated to designing, developing and delivering technology-based solutions for our clients' ever-evolving needs. We build strong partnerships with our prestigious client base, working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver incisive commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities for our people to work in numerous jurisdictions with leading international organisations across the world. We also foster an inclusive working environment which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international commercial lawyer.

A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust. This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries. Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.

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Diversity interests

Ashurst believes that diversity is essential for a global law firm, and they believe that their employees work best in a supportive and inclusive environment. The firm has numerous diversity networks, providing those from different backgrounds with the chance to gather and share their experiences. The firm does not just encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, but actively recruits them, and even holds a paid work experience scheme for Year 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

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