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  • Places: 110

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  • Total employees: 5,100




Great change is here. Get ready.

New markets, new technology, new demands. The world is changing at a dramatic pace, presenting businesses with complex challenges. At Linklaters, we offer the market-leading expertise they need to succeed. We are business partners as well as legal advisors. Guided by experts from the world of law and beyond, we are our clients' guide to global trends, and their commercial implications.

Rather than specialise in just one area, we’re proud to have leading practices in Corporate, Finance and Projects and Dispute Resolution. As a Linklaters colleague, this breadth of expertise means that, wherever you focus, you’ll be involved in the very best work.

Join us though, and you’ll discover it's our approach that sets us apart as much as our expertise. Wherever you are, you’ll find people you want to work with. We're supportive, open-minded, and passionate. With cutting-edge work, we grasp client problems from every angle. Then we go out of our way to help. It's that unwavering commitment that fuels our expertise and fantastic client service. And our culture makes for great teams. Teams that are more united, even when separated by hundreds of miles.

To sustain our culture, we attract – and develop – exceptional talent. Regardless of your background, and whether you choose to stay or pursue opportunities elsewhere, we want you to fulfill your potential. So even as a trainee, you'll be involved in high-profile, multi-jurisdiction work for leading organisations. Along with highly competitive rewards, we'll provide the very best training throughout your career, with open feedback. And we’ll reward your commitment to learning, with the flexibility you need to steer your own path.

Training Contract


Key programmes and opportunities – Graduates

Live Your Ambition

Our commitment to training – and support – sets us apart, and it sets intellectually curious lawyers on the way to achieving their goals.

To help you decide where to specialise, you’ll take four six-month “seats”, each in a different practice area, and possibly a different country, too. Many of our Trainees take an international seat or client secondment. And as we have market-leading expertise across the full range of practice areas, you’ll get to work on high-profile deals wherever you go, most of them across borders.

You’ll be well supported, too, with a senior colleague to guide and mentor you, a structured personal development plan and continuous training and feedback. Our Trainees have shown they appreciate our approach in the best way possible: this year 91% of our qualifying Trainees chose to stay with us.

If you're a non-law student, we’ll enrol you on the Graduate Diploma in Law – a conversion course offering the legal knowledge to start your career. From there, you’ll join our law graduates on the Linklaters Legal Practice Course. And, like them, you’ll receive ongoing, tailored training, before and after you qualify.

High-profile, flexible and expertly-guided: join us, and get the support you need to live your ambition.

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Vacation Scheme

Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes

To kickstart your career, apply to our Spring or Summer Vacation Schemes. They offer a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm. And they put you in the best possible position to secure a Training Contract here. We'll also pay you £450 per week while you're with us.

After an induction, you'll be treated just like a trainee, because we want you to take away a vivid picture of what we're like. So, you'll be involved in real deals, sit with a principal, work hard and enjoy an active social life. You'll also attend professional development sessions. These offer a broader understanding of our global business strategy and practice areas, and help you to develop those essential skills, like negotiation and pitching.

More informally, you'll have the ear of experienced lawyers and trainees. A trainee ‘buddy’ in each department, is on hand to integrate you into the team, as well as an associate principal. This reflects the support you can look forward to if you join us as a trainee. You'll also get to know us, and other vacation scheme students, through our social events (often a highlight!).

After attending the vacation scheme, we'll automatically offer you a final interview for our Training Contract with one of our partners. The selection process is tough, because our Vacation Schemes are there to help prepare you, and we want you to be successful in your Training Contract application. Our Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes are open now.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate and final-year undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.


Linklaters do not currently have an apprenticeship programme.

Salary & Benefits

£43,000 annually - Training Contracts

£450 per week - Vacation Scheme


To be considered for any of our schemes, you’ll need a strong academic record, a minimum of AAB at A-Level (or equivalent) and to be on track for a 2:1 degree in any discipline.


Law Awards 2016

Training Contract Score: 87%

Vacation Scheme Score: 94%


WINNER - Top Law Firm for Training Contracts & Vacation Schemes

WINNER - Best Opportunities for Career Progression - Vacation Scheme

WINNER - Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Training Contract

RUNNER UP - Best Vacation Scheme – International or City Firm

RUNNER UP - Best Opportunities for Career Progression - Training Contract

FINALIST - Best Training Contract

FINALIST - Best Vacation Scheme

FINALIST - Best for Job Satisfaction - Training Contract

FINALIST - Best Level of Support - Vacation Scheme

FINALIST - Best Training - Vacation Scheme



Applications for vacation placements and training contracts can be accessed at linklatersgraduates.co.uk


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