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Latham & Watkins Graduate Careers

Latham & Watkins have a training contract and vacation scheme, both of which are highly regarded and sought after. Opportunities that the firm is currently recruiting for will appear below. 

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Training Contract

Training contracts kick off with a three-week induction, allowing you to get to know your fellow colleagues and the firm. You’ll also attend numerous workshops detailing how to make the most of trainee life. At Latham & Watkins, trainees complete four seats, each lasting six months. Out of these four, two must be in the corporate and finance sector. There is also the opportunity for an international or client secondment, with past trainees going to Singapore, Los Angeles and New York. 

During each seat, you’ll receive rotation-specific training, but most of your training will be in-practice, so you’ll learn as you work. If this sounds nerve racking, you’ll receive plenty of support from the firm. You’ll be paired with a trainee mentor even before you start, and will also have an associate mentor and a supervisor for each seat. Aside from legal training, you’ll attend skills workshops about topics like grammar, networking and equality. 

Trainees also receive continuous feedback from everyone they’ve worked with (so not just their supervisor) meaning performance reviews are less of a surprise. In the past, Latham & Watkins have even organised practice retreats to make the training more enjoyable. 

Vacation Scheme

If you’re interested in completing a training contract at Latham & Watkins, it’s a good idea to do a vacation scheme. Candidates can either do a week-long scheme in the Winter, or a scheme lasting two weeks in the Summer. It’s a chance for you to network and get involved in real, client-facing work alongside experienced lawyers.

Depending on the length of the scheme, you’ll work in either one or two practice areas, and the firm will do their best to accommodate your preferences. Past candidates have had meetings with clients, visited court, completed tasks as part of a team and done legal research. During your downtime, there are several opportunities for you to relax and network, with previous candidates enjoying mini golf, brunch at the Ivy and leaving drinks at the Shard. 

You’ll be assessed throughout the scheme for a training contract.