Weil Gotshal & Manges Weil Gotshal & Manges

  • US Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 15

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 30

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 300




With approximately 1,100 lawyers in 16 offices across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives.

Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.

Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The firm’s people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.

Training Contract

A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright, articulate candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful applicants will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as work effectively in a team.

Key dates

Applications open on 1 June 2020. The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2020. Interviews will take place at the London office in July and August.

Before you start

Depending on whether or not you have studied a law degree, you may be required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

Vacation Scheme

Each year Weil offers up to 20 places on the two-week paid summer and spring vacation schemes. Applications are open to all post-graduates and undergraduates who are able to start a training contact in 2022, whatever degree discipline you are studying or have studied.

The scheme gives hands-on experience in different practice areas, where you will work alongside some of Weil’s most senior lawyers carrying out similar tasks to trainee associates. To help you get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops to attend on top of the day-to-day work.

You will be mentored and supported throughout, and your supervisor will always be there to provide constructive feedback and answer questions. You'll also have the support of a trainee buddy as well as lots of interaction with the Graduate Recruitment team. We also organise a number of social events, so you can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting. You'll also be paid £500 per week.

Key dates

Spring Vacation Scheme

Scheme Dates: Monday 30 March to Thursday 9 April 2020

Deadline for Applications: 31 December 2019

Summer Vacation Scheme

Scheme Dates: Monday 22 June to Friday 3 July 2020

Deadline for Applications: 17 January 2020

Weil also runs a Fast Track programme for first year law students and second year non-law students. For further information, please see their list of jobs.


Weil believe in rewarding every member of the team and as such their pay and benefits package is one of the best in the City.

GDL and LPC fees are covered by the firm and trainees also receive an annual grant of £8,000 for the GDL and £10,000 for the LPC. Trainees start on a salary of £50,000 which increases to £55,000 in the second year. Trainee Associates are also eligible to receive a performance-based annual bonus and on qualification, can expect a starting salary of £130,000.

The firm offers a benefits package comprised of core and flexible benefits, the latter can be purchased by employees if they wish to do so. The core benefits include 25-day annual vacation which increases by one day with additional year of employment; one-day holiday on the employee’s birthday; 6% non-contributory pension; life assurance; permanent health cover; health screening; and private medical insurance.

Optional benefits which can be purchased include an interest-free season ticket loan; dental insurance; Ride2Work vouchers; sell/buy up to two days of annual vacation each year; and well-being allowance, which can be used to select benefits such as a gym membership.


Weil looks for business minded high achievers with confidence and self-belief. Individuals that will always push themselves to keep developing and improving and who can work effectively in a team.

Weil welcomes candidates from all universities and in all degree disciplines. The minimum entry requirements are AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted).   


AllAboutLaw Awards 2018

Winner - Best Vacation Scheme – US Firm


Applications for vacation schemes, the fast track scheme, insight days and training contracts can be accessed here. The selection process for vacation placements consists of an online application form, online critical reasoning test, followed by a short online video interview, and finally a 45-minute interview with an associate, a partner and a member of the graduate recruitment team. Candidates are also asked to complete a 60-minute written exercise.

The selection process for training contracts consists of the application form, online test and interviews and assessments mentioned above; shortlisted candidates attend a final interview at the London office, with two partners.

All queries can be sent to Lara Machnicki, Graduate Recruitment & Development Manager at graduate.recruitment@weil.com

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