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Training Contract

  • Places: 100

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  • Total employees: 5,340




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 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 fulfil 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

We believe what makes us stand out as an employer, is the attention we give to training and support. We offer the fully-rounded programme you need to rapidly develop your understanding of commercial law, and your skills, and become a successful, lawyer. And this dedication is paying dividends, as our trainees choose to stay with us year after year. 

Offering four six-month seats (placements) over two years, you'll work on a range of live projects, and have real influence. There's no substitute for the depth and quality of insight that comes from spending six months in a department. You may also have the chance to take up an international or client secondment. And at the end of your contract, you'll be able to make a well-informed decision about where to focus.

In each department, you'll sit with an principal, who is your mentor, on hand to train and supervise. A group trainee solicitor partner will also give you additional support. With ongoing feedback, you'll have ample opportunity to discuss progress with the trainee development team and draw up a training plan. And as you define your interests, you’ll also have the flexibility to change your preference as you go. You’ll also benefit from specific seminars and training modules relevant to your seat and practice area.

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

Vacation Scheme

After attending the vacation scheme, we'll automatically offer you a final interview for our Training Contract with a partner and managing associate. 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. 


Linklaters do not currently have an apprenticeship programme.

Salary & Benefits

  • £47,000 – Training Contract year 1
  • £52,500 – Training Contract year 2
  • £450 per week - Vacation Scheme


To be considered for any of our schemes, you’ll need a strong academic record and be on track for a 2:1 degree in any discipline. We removed our A-Level requirement a number of years ago.


Applications for vacation placements and training contracts can be accessed at careers.linklaters.com


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