Training Contract 2022

Latham & Watkins Latham & Watkins

  • US Law Firms
  • London

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  • Employees: Over 2,200 globally



A training contract at Latham & Watkins is designed to help you get the most out of a demanding role, whilst truly enjoying your first steps on a valuable and exciting career path. You will be one of a select group of new trainees and will get the opportunity to make an important contribution almost immediately.

Before you start

Like most leading law firms, we recruit the majority of our trainees two years in advance of their start date, and as a future trainee, you’ll be paired with a mentor to keep in touch with during this time. You’ll also be invited to a number of social events with Latham, so you’ll see some familiar faces when you join.

We also offer full sponsorship/reimbursement for the GDL and/or LPC for all our future trainees, as well as a maintenance grant and a £500 bonus for achieving a distinction.

The Training Contract

Our training contract starts with a comprehensive three-week induction programme, to enable you to hit the ground running from the first day in your seat. During this time you will complete part of the PSC (Professional Skills Course), attend firm-specific induction sessions, technical training and skills workshops, along with a variety of networking and social events.

In each seat of the training contract, you will be given real responsibility and will make a meaningful contribution to the client work product. As you progress through your training contract your confidence will grow, as will your skills. The work will depend on the seat, but it will be varied, fast-paced and exciting. Much of the work you do will be international, for example, more than 70% of the transactions we work on involve at least five of our offices.


Before joining the firm you will be assigned a trainee mentor. Mentoring is a key part of the support system at Latham and the firmwide program will be an essential component of your career development. As a trainee, you will be matched with an associate who will be your mentor throughout your training contract and your first year after qualification.

Application opening and closing dates:

2 December 2019 – 13 July 2020

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