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 offices on three continents around the world, 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 the coordinated legal advice necessary 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 provides clients with legal expertise at the highest level across its key practices of private equity, corporate/M&A, funds, banking and finance, structured finance, restructuring and dispute resolution, and has been involved in some of the most significant, high-profile and prestigious mandates across all its legal specialisms.

Weil offers a comprehensive and sophisticated training programme with direct input from leading partners alongside a tailor made approach to mentoring, career progression and development for each lawyer. Working in close knit partner-led teams provides much greater responsibility and early exposure to the Firm’s global network of clients and contacts.

Training Contract

Training contracts at Weil are designed to allow you to maximise your potential as quickly as possible. As part of a relatively small intake, we can see where you are excelling and where you need support and encouragement, which enables us to guide you accordingly. Our aim is to see you develop by constantly exposing you, in a supportive environment, to the very highest quality work. In one of the best training programmes in the City, you’ll get plenty of personal attention combined with early responsibility. 

Key dates

Applications open on 1 January 2019. The deadline for all applications is 31 July 2019. Interviews will take place at the London office in July and August 2019.

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 offer up to 30 places on their summer and spring vacation schemes. Each scheme lasts for two weeks.

Students spend each week in a different department, sharing an office with qualified lawyers.

The scheme gives hands-on experience of two different practice areas, where candidates work alongside some of Weil’s most senior lawyers carrying out similar tasks to Trainee Associates . To help students 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.

Students will be mentored and supported throughout the two weeks, and their supervisor will always be there to provide constructive feedback and answer  questions. Weil also organise a number of social events, so students can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting.

Weil’s vacation schemes are open to all university students except first-year undergraduates.

Weil do offer a first-year programme, please see their list of jobs for more information on their Fast Track Scheme and Brand Rep Roles.


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). You can apply for one of Weil’s vacation schemes at any stage of your university career, except during your first year as an undergraduate.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2018

Winner - Best Vacation Scheme – US Firm


Applications for vacation placements and training contracts can be accessed at https://www.apply4law.com/Weil/. 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 and a partner. 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