Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

  • US Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 4

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 8

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 190+



  • 020 7661 5300
  • Akin Gump LLP, Eighth Floor
    Ten Bishops Square
    E1 6EG


Akin Gump provides commercial legal solutions for high-profile cases.  Our work is always fast-paced and often precedent-setting. 

We have 22 offices worldwide and our clients range from individuals to corporations, financial institutions and foreign governments.

Our London office is the nexus for the firm’s international practice.  Our strategy in London has been to focus our growth around practices that complement the core strengths of the firm.  This has resulted in a fully integrated office practicing at the top of its markets.  The core strengths on which the office is founded are financial restructuring, corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity), finance, energy, debt and equity capital markets, financial services regulatory, disputes, investment funds (hedge, private equity, real estate and infrastructure), EU competition and tax.  The integrated nature of the practice means that the lawyers based in London regularly work closely with their counterparts in the firm’s other international practices as well as those in the firm’s U.S. offices.

Our teams are supportive, friendly and work collaboratively which allows for multiple opportunities for you to get to know everyone.  There is a high level of partner involvement and trainees will learn through first-hand experience working side by side with our lawyers on commercial matters within interesting multi-discipline practice areas and by attaining early responsibility.  

Training Contract

Our London office is an exciting and inspiring environment to train as a lawyer.  We offer up to four trainee places per year.

By focusing on a smaller intake we maintain flexibility and seek to grow through our junior lawyer retention.  You will always be supervised by England and Wales qualified senior lawyers, and will have the choice of sitting within the financial restructuring, corporate/M&A, energy, finance, financial regulatory, funds/investment management, litigation/arbitration, competition or tax practice areas.

Seats can be tailored to three or six month durations across the two year training programme to provide a breadth of experience.  Some of our trainees have enjoyed the experience of a seat in an overseas office.

Vacation Scheme

Summer Work Placements

Our summer work placement is an excellent opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the day-to-day work of trainees in an international law firm.  During the programme, we will place you in one or more practice areas that interest you.  Through training sessions, mentoring and social activities, you will get to know our firm. Through working side by side with partners and associates on live deals, you will get to know our clients and practices.

As places are limited, we focus on second year law undergraduates and third year non- law undergraduates studying in the UK.  The deadline for applications is 31 January. Apply here.

Salary & Benefits

As a first year trainee at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, you will enjoy an annual salary of £48,000 plus benefits. This will then increase to £52,000 in the second year of your training contract.

If you’re accepted onto Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's training programme, your LPC and GDL fees will be covered. You will also be given an £8,000 maintenance grant for each year of study.


Applicants should have a strong and consistent academic record and be on track for, or have obtained, a 2:1 degree at minimum.

You will need to demonstrate that you are solution-driven and interested in business law. The deadline for trainee solicitor programmes starting in two years’ time is 31 July. Apply here.

Successful candidates for work placements and training contract applications will be invited to meet with our graduate recruitment panel.  Our interview style is a conversational and open process, to allow you to get a good insight into the work and culture at the firm.

*BIG TIP* Don’t waste application word counts by telling us facts we already know about the firm. Instead tell us in your own words what attracts you to Akin Gump and how our practices and client focus match your own commercial interests and career aspirations.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 85.9%

Vacation Scheme Score: 89.4%

Winner - Best Training Contract - US Firm


If you're interested in joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's training programme, the first step is to complete an online application form. Click on the "Apply Here" button at the top of the page to get started. The deadline for applications is July 31st.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to an initial screening meeting with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's Legal Recruiting Manager. You will then be invited to take part in a series of interviews with a number of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's employees, including partners and other key staff members.

More information and links to their online application form and graduate recruitment brochure can be found at: www.akingump.com/