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Training Contract

  • Places: 10-12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 40

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Skadden or more fully Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (SA) is a large global firm with offices spread across 22 offices, with more than 1700 attorneys.

The firm was set up by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in 1948.

With over 50 practise areas, Skadden advises businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities around the world on their most complex, high-profile matters, providing the guidance they need to compete in today’s business environment.

Skadden’s London office advises on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, financings, restructurings and tax matters. We also have extensive experience in the fields of international arbitration and litigation, white collar crime and financial regulation. We advise clients on the most complex matters that require innovative solutions involving both domestic U.K. and multijurisdictional law.

Training Contract

The majority of our two-year training contracts are offered to participants in our vacation scheme program.

Seat Structure

The first year is divided into two six-month seats, in which trainees gain experience in corporate transactions and litigation/international arbitration. The second year provides the opportunity to gain exposure to other offices or practice areas in advance of qualifying as a solicitor, including undertaking an international seat in our Brussels, Hong Kong or New York office. Client secondments are arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Trainee Development

We pride ourselves on our broad and comprehensive training programme. In addition to completing your Professional Skills Course, you will have a regular training schedule. Drawing upon the experience and teaching abilities of our partners, associates and qualified external consultants, we also offer weekly training seminars, workshops and updates for associates at all levels and across our practice areas. In addition, training is offered in-house by providers such as Kaplan Altior and BPP Law School, as well as by external speakers who introduce online research tools and other professional services. Trainees also are invited to attend practice area discussions about current practice-specific developments, such as new legislation and court decisions.

Shortly after qualifying, associates attend Skadden’s firm-wide retreat in New York to participate in an intensive four-week program (with associates in the U.S. and German offices) that provides business and legal skills training.

Vacation Scheme

The majority of Skadden’s training contracts in our London office are offered to our vacation scheme students.

Our vacation scheme programme provides students with a first-hand experience of working on “real-life” global transactions with a diverse client base. It also provides insight into the working culture and atmosphere of Skadden. Each student is paired with an associate supervisor and trainee liaison who are tasked with identifying substantive work assignments.

Our two-week placements are offered over Easter break and the summer months. We remunerate vacation scheme students £500 per week to assist with expenses, and we are happy to help source accommodations. Undergraduate candidates need to have reached the penultimate year of their law degree or the final year of a non-law degree. In exceptional circumstances, we offer placements to penultimate year non-law students.

Salary & Benefits

GDL and LPC course fees are covered by the firm and students will receive an annual maintenance grant of £8000 throughout the duration of both courses.

Vacation scheme trainees are paid a weekly allowance of £500 and accommodation is arranged for those who require it.  First year trainees are paid a salary of £50,000, second year trainees are paid a salary of £55,000 and newly qulalified solicitors are paid a salary of £133,000. 

Skadden provides a highly competitive benefits package that is subject to regular review. The package includes:

  • Discretionary year-end bonus     
  • 25 days holiday per calendar year     
  • Technology allowance     
  • Health insurance     
  • Life insurance    
  • Disability insurance     
  • Private medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Subsidised cafeteria
  • Interest-free season ticket loan for rail travel
  • Gym allowance up to £500


To secure a training contract position at Skadden, we strongly encourage you to pursue a vacation scheme. We look for a record of outstanding academic achievements, including a minimum of a 2:1 at degree level or equivalent and a keen interest in Corporate Law and/or Litigation and International Arbitration. We hold vacation placement selection days in January or February for both our Easter and summer vacation schemes.


Applications should be completed and submitted online at: http://www.apply4law.com/skadden/

Vacation schemes

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2019.

Training Contract

Deadline for applications 31 July 2019.