Shoosmiths is a leading national law firm with a network of 13 locations working together as one national team, including Southampton, Belfast, Reading, London, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We are committed to giving our people the responsibility, confidence, recognition and support that they need to develop and succeed in their careers. This was recognised when we were awarded the best recruiter for a National/Large Regional Firm at the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards 2019, and The Law Society confirmed our ‘gold’ status in the Diversity and Inclusion Charter for another year.
Being awarded 'Best Company Culture', 'Best Social Media', 'Best for Growing Confidence', 'Best for Level of Support' and 'Best Vacation Scheme' at the All About Law awards 2019 demonstrates that we are an innovative, ambitious firm with a lack of hierarchy and zero tolerance for arrogance and believe that this makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
We offer a one-week paid placement during the summer to second-year law undergraduates and final year non-law and law undergraduates, and graduates. We also welcome applications from people who are further on in their legal studies, right through to post-LPC.
A summer placement at Shoosmiths is an opportunity to try out some real trainee-level work. It's direct but down-to-earth as we believe that the best way for you to get real value from the placement is to see what really goes on and get involved.
You'll get ‘buddied up’ with a current trainee who will provide an invaluable source of information on what it's really like to work at Shoosmiths as they guide you through the work and anything else that you would like to find out about.
As our offices are open plan, you get to sit with your whole team and get involved in everything that is going on. If we can take you to court or to a client meeting then we will, that's all part of the experience. We want to challenge you, but not overwhelm you, and work is pitched at a level that you feel comfortable with and which takes account of which stage of your legal studies you have reached. You will be given real responsibility and real case files. You will be set a non-law business development project to complete which will help you to get to know people in your office and the clients who we work with across the firm.
To find out more about the placements, read trainee blogs or watch our #ShoosmithsLIVE video series, please go to our website.