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Gowling Graduate Careers

Welcome to Gowling WLG's law firm hub. This hub contains all the essential information you need to increase your knowledge of the firm. There's detail on training contracts and vacation schemes, and you can also find out more details about the Gowling WLG application process. 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is a thriving multinational law firm, originally based in Canada. With the merger of Canada-based Gowlings and UK-based Wragge Lawrence Graham in 2016, Gowling WLG has continued to flourish, with offices in 18 cities across ten countries. The firm are even the official legal advisors for the 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham. 

Despite this international presence, Gowling WLG still manages to make trainees feel valued and at home, with vacation scheme candidates getting the chance to work directly with clients. Past trainees have praised the firm’s “friendly working environment where the more senior lawyers are approachable” and the chance to “frequently work alongside partners, directors and senior associates alike.” 

Corporate responsibility is the name of the game, with the firm placing great importance on protecting the environment, promoting diversity and investing in the community. All lawyers get three days of paid volunteering a year, with the chance to give pro bono advice to charities and mentor GCSE and A-level students. With a variety of different practice areas and chances to undergo client and international secondments, trainees are rewarded well for their work. 

Trainees based in London receive a £40,000 starting salary (£28,000 in their other office in Birmingham), while newly qualified lawyers receive £71,000 (London) and £44,000 (Birmingham). This handsome salary is supplemented with benefits including private medical care, £1,000 interest free loan, and an active social club. This doesn’t mean you lose out on a work-life balance, with the firm offering flexible hours and freedom in where you work.

What the firm says

With 1,500 employees across 10 countries and three continents, Gowling WLG is renowned for its multinational approach. Practice areas range from artificial intelligence to cannabis law, working with household names like Coca Cola and TFL. Trainees thrive in a firm which aims to value every team member regardless of where they are in their career, allowing them to work closely with clients and senior associates. Embracing individuality and promoting diversity is also paramount, with internal and external networks working to support marginalised groups.

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Academic requirements

Penultimate-year law students, final-year non-law students and graduates. We welcome applications from exceptional candidates with well-rounded personalities from diverse cultures and different backgrounds. We’re not prescriptive when it comes to qualifications, so we don’t ask for particular grades at A level (or equivalent) or degree. If you are intelligent, talented, willing to learn and work hard, we think you deserve the chance to prove yourself.

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