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Training Contract

  • Places: 10-12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 40

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With 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice 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.

We are known for our utmost dedication to client service, commitment to excellence, creativity and resourcefulness in providing innovative advice and novel legal solutions.

Skadden advises clients on their most important matters, including M&A, private equity, banking and finance, corporate restructuring, capital markets, including high yield, investment management, tax, insurance, EU competition, financial regulatory, employment, government enforcement and white collar crime, as well as international litigation and arbitration.

Training Contract

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

The training contract is divided into four six-month seats, in which trainees can experience in corporate transactions and litigation/international arbitration. The second year provides an exciting 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.

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.

Shortly after qualifying, associates attend Skadden’s firm-wide retreat in New York to participate in an intensive four day 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 vacation scheme students.

Our vacation scheme programme provides students with a first-hand experience of working on 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 a 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. Undergraduate candidates need to have reached the penultimate year of their law degree or the final year of a non-law degree.

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 qualified 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 our practice areas. We hold vacation placement selection days February for our Easter and summer vacation schemes.


Applications should be completed and submitted online here

Vacation schemes

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2020.

Training Contract

Deadline for applications 31 July 2020.

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