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Welcome to BCLP's law firm hub. You're in the right place to find out everything about the firm's opportunities for students and graduates. Our detailed guide to a career with BCLP includes everything from the firm's areas of expertise to its application process.

Direct Training Contract - Commencing in 2025 or 2026

  • Employer BCLP
  • Salary(Y1 London) £50,000
  • Salary(Y1 Manchester) £33,000
  • Salary(Y1 Hong Kong) 535,920HKD
  • Location London, Hong Kong, Manchester
  • Vacancies
  • Deadline31/05/2024

London Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme 2024

  • Employer BCLP
  • Salary(Per week) £450
  • Location London
  • Vacancies 15 per scheme
  • Deadline17/04/2024

The AllAboutLaw perspective on BCLP

When Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner merged in 2018 to form BCLP, it was one of the biggest transatlantic mergers in history. This merger helped the firm grow into the thriving multinational enterprise that it is today, with 1,200 lawyers across 30 offices worldwide. The firm even provides advice to household names like Deliveroo, Nike and Goldman Sachs.

BCLP focuses on a variety of different practice areas, ranging from Commercial Disputes to Real Estate, so you’ll never get bored of the work on offer. No matter what area you’re in, every lawyer is an expert in their field, with the firm’s Real Estate team ranking number 1 in Chambers and the Legal 500 for fifteen years. BCLP was even the first major law firm to use artificial intelligence. 

The fact that BCLP has offices worldwide has several different advantages for lawyers, as they’ll be able to work with clients all over the world, gaining an understanding of different legal jurisdictions in the process. This will increase your breadth of legal knowledge. The firm’s M&A and Corporate Finance team works with clients in New York, Paris, Germany and The Middle East. 

There are even plenty of opportunities to work abroad with a client, or do a six-month international secondment. Recently, the firm recruited volunteers from 16 offices to provide advice to attorneys representing those who are at risk of receiving the death penalty, to ensure they receive a fair trial. 

What the firm says

Trainees at BCLP get the unique opportunity to work with highly successful international brands, to find cutting-edge solutions. Currently, the firm works with over 100 media companies, over 400 financial institutions and represents over 60% of the world’s largest banks. Recently, BCLP even helped turn over $75 billion (£54 billion) in real estate projects in just two years. Even though you’re working with brands worth millions of pounds, BCLP is incredibly down-to-earth and supportive of trainees. Past trainees have praised the firm's “positive and healthy work environment” and the fact that “trainees can approach associate directors and clients freely.



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Academic requirements

We are looking for 32 trainees in the London office and we typically take 2-3 trainees per year in Manchester and Hong Kong.  

We seek applicants with an ABB at A Level or higher and those that are on track or have achieved a 2.1 or higher. That said, we take mitigating circumstances into account and every applicant is screened without there being minimum academic criteria. 

There is no typical BCLP trainee. Our trainees come from a variety of degree disciplines and backgrounds.