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Training Contract

  • Places: 25

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 24

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  • Total employees: 700




With lawyers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States, global law firm Reed Smith is known for its experience across a broad array of industry sectors. The firm is particularly well known for its work advising leading companies in the areas of financial services, life sciences, shipping, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media.

Based in The Broadgate Tower (which boasts fantastic views of the City), Reed Smith’s London office is its largest with nearly 300 fee earners, across a full range of commercial practice areas.

The Firm places a huge emphasis on its diversity and inclusion strategy and works closely with a number of external organisations to ensure that their opportunities reach students from the widest possible talent pool. Reed Smith works hard to ensure a fair and inclusive environment for all, where the unique insights, perspectives and backgrounds of individuals are recognised.

The Firm is recognised for its innovative thinking, in particular having recently developed the bespoke MA (LPC with Business) course with BPP University. This course allows students to study commercial and legal aspects in parallel and leads to a unique Master’s qualification.

Training Contract

The first few weeks of your training contract at Reed Smith will involve a detailed induction course which will give you an opportunity to develop some vital skills and find out how the firm functions. You will then complete four six-month seats over a two-year period.

Trainees at Reed Smith only work on commercial matters, but can choose seats from any of the following practice areas: company law, commercial and finance law, commercial litigation, employment law, media law, energy and natural resources law, shipping law or property law.

The only caveat is that you must choose at least one contentious and one non-contentious seat in order to satisfy Law Society requirements. Trainees can also choose to do an international or client secondment.

As part of the training contract, trainees will also benefit from regular in-house training sessions, which are designed to help them hone their practical skills, such as client care, drafting and transaction management.

Reed Smith trainees also benefit from a fantastic network of support throughout their training contract. Continuous feedback is given in the form of mid-seat and end of seat appraisals, which help trainees to evaluate their progress effectively.

Applications for training contracts will close on 30th June 2019.

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Vacation Scheme

We will be holding two vacation schemes, in June and July.

Once on the scheme you will have the opportunity to experience two mini-seats in our wide variety of practice areas, plus take part in a range of skills sessions and social activities. You will also be offered the opportunity to interview for a training contract with us.

The scheme is aimed at penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.

Applications for places in 2020 will open in September 2019. 

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Salary & Benefits

Trainees at Reed Smith enjoy an annual salary of £43,000 in the first year. Additional benefits include: health insurance, life assurance, private healthcare, discounted gym membership, a season ticket loan, a contributory pension scheme, subsidised meals in the firm’s cafeteria, lifestyle discount and concierge service, 25 days holiday, comprehensive flexible benefits package and an opportunity to take part in the firm’s cycle-to-work scheme.

If you’re accepted onto Reed Smith’s training programme, your LPC and GDL fees will be paid for in full. You will also be given a £6,000 maintenance grant for your GDL study year and £7,000 for your LPC study year.


Reed Smith looks for candidates with a strong  academic background. The minimum requirement is a 2:1 at undergraduate level (achieved or predicted) in any subject.

Candidates should demonstrate research, analysis, communication, teamwork, leadership and client relationship skills.

All future Reed Smith trainees are required to complete their LPC and GDL (if applicable) at BPP Law School in Holborn, London. As part of the LPC, students should complete the Private Acquisitions elective, and two more electives from the following three subjects: Equity Finance, Debt Finance and Advanced Commercial Litigation.

The firm has developed a new version of the LPC that fully integrates legal and business learning and leads to a unique Master’s qualification, the MA (LPC with Business). This bespoke programme is the first of its kind and allows future trainees of the firm to study commercial and legal aspects in parallel, and not separately, so the course is completed before you start the training contract.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2018

Winner - Best Vacation Scheme

Winner - Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Vacation Scheme

Winner- Best Vacation Scheme – International or City Firm


If you’re interested in joining Reed Smith, 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 30th June 2019.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to complete an online verbal reasoning test. Finally, you will then be invited to an assessment day, where you will be required to complete an interview, case study and group exercise.

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact Reed Smith’s graduate recruitment team at graduate.recruitment@reedsmith.com or call them on 020 3116 3000.