Osborne Clarke LLP Osborne Clarke LLP

  • International Law Firms
  • London, Reading, Bristol

Training Contract

  • Places: 35

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 70

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 680




Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational law firm. We’ve grown rapidly, with 26 global offices and we’re proud to say that our influence and impact can be applied almost anywhere. The core sectors we work in all thrive on innovation; digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment and transport. Our sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, effortlessly blending expertise, insight and enthusiasm. Crucially, we think sector-first, organising ourselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries we serve, rather than traditional legal practice areas. It helps keep us one step ahead.

Like any private practice, legal expertise is at the heart of everything we do. But what makes us distinctive? For a start, you can expect to get involved in truly fascinating work. The variety of our deals and the diversity of our clients provide an exciting and immersive commercial framework. This is a firm where fresh ideas (and the confidence and conviction to see them through) are highly prized, and we’re never afraid to take a view. It is also firm with a coherent commercial vision, with a clear direction, supported by a compelling sense of purpose and identity. Put simply, we’re going places. And you can put our positive, can-do attitude down to sustained success, in terms of both profile and performance.

Finally, there’s our culture. When we asked our recent recruits what attracted them to us, they used words like ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’. To our clients we are ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’. 

Training Contract

Our high profile clients expect us to be brilliant, so we put a lot of effort into helping our people be the best they can throughout their careers – not just at the start of it. We foster the brightest and the best, with class-leading training and development programmes, and a unique climate of learning and discovery for everyone. We place value on individuals and respect their needs, motivations and choices. Our workplaces are designed to promote collaboration, often featuring open plan structures that make it easy to get involved. You’ll also find flexible and imaginative approaches to everyone’s work/life needs, with a connected infrastructure that is adaptive and tailored to bringing out the best in people. As a trainee, you’ll complete four seats: corporate or banking, real estate, litigation, and one other. In each seat, a senior lawyer will supervise your day-to-day progress and give you regular feedback, so you know how you’re doing. They’re there to help you up your game. Every three months, you’ll have a formal progress review to help you track your development. Our trainees get lots of responsibility. And they find that it’s what differentiates their training contracts from others.

Vacation Scheme

Each of our vacation scheme placements runs for two weeks over the summer and offers a great opportunity for candidates to really get to know the firm. The placement follows a structured programme which allows candidates to spend time in two different departments and get involved in real client work. Beyond work there are plenty of social events organised by our trainees.

Salary & Benefits

The firm pays GDL and LPC course fees, which future trainees should study at BPP if not already completed elsewhere. Fees are payable only in instances where not more than half the course is complete when the offer is accepted. The firm also provides an annual maintenance grant of £8,000 per course.

Trainees in the Bristol office receive a salary of £41,500, in the first year and £47,500 in London and Reading offices. Benefits covered are 25 days of annual leave, a Christmas shopping day, season ticket loan, life, permanent health and private medical insurance and pension.


Training contracts and vacation schemes are open to penultimate-year law students, final year non-law students and beyond (including graduates and those considering a change of career). Candidates should have earned ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades at A-levels and have achieved, or are expecting to achieve, a 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Candidates should have achieved, or are expecting to achieve, a 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline.


If you’d like to apply to Osborne Clarke LLP you need to complete an online application form which can be accessed through the website. Deadline for both vacation scheme and training contract applications is 15 January.

If you have any further questions about training at Osborne Clarke LLP please contact a member of the Trainee Recruitment Team at or 0117 917 3484.

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