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Paul Hastings Graduate Careers

Welcome to the Paul Hastings law firm hub. Here you can discover everything you need to know about the firm before completing your application, including the firm’s values, commitments to diversity, academic requirements and available opportunities.  

Training Contract 2026

  • Employer Paul Hastings
  • Salary(First year) £55,000
  • Salary(Second year) £60,000
  • Location London
  • Vacancies
  • Deadline31/07/2024

PHirst Steps – Summer Work Placement Scheme 2024

  • Employer Paul Hastings
  • Salary(Per week) £500
  • Location London
  • Vacancies
  • Deadline29/02/2024

The AllAboutLaw perspective on Paul Hastings

Due to their client-centred approach, investing time in understanding their client’s business, Paul Hastings attract the world’s leading financial services organisations, building their reputation as a leading international law firm. The firm has experienced great expansion in the last five years, being shortlisted as ‘City Firm of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2023 in recognition of the growth of their London office, which has doubled in revenue and headcount in the last five years. They are determined to expand their potential, promising to strengthen their global practices further, building on previous success to maintain exceptional service for their clients. 

Throughout their training contract, trainees can gain experience in a wide range of practice areas, with the opportunity to complete four seats in areas such as corporate, real estate, cybersecurity, litigation, employment and tax. Trainees are also offered an extensive mentoring programme, with associates providing dedicated mentoring sessions and daily supervision to ensure trainees are supported in their professional growth with Paul Hastings. 

In line with their culture of ‘collaboration and collegiality’, employee support at Paul Hastings continues far beyond trainee level. They offer a variety of measures, such as an expanded parental leave policy, an ‘Active Wellbeing Plan’, and a global Employee Assistance Programme, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to creating a flexible and inclusive working environment. This is extended outside the firm through Paul Hastings’ pro bono efforts, with over 75,000 hours being devoted to pro bono in 2021 alone. Employees have used their expertise to create positive change worldwide, tackling global issues such as racial justice, policing, immigration and children’s rights, aiming to extend their impact as far as possible. 

What the firm says

With lawyers serving clients from 22 worldwide offices, we provide a wide range of services across Europe, Asia and the US. Our position as a leading international firm is built on our ability to understand, manage and complete transactions by drawing upon resources of our globally integrated practice areas. We are client-focused professionals with a commercial mindset and a collaborative approach to delivering value in everything we do. We combine business acumen, industry knowledge and deep legal expertise. We think and act creatively and proactively to meet the needs of our clients. As well as being client-centric, we are people-centric. We value each individual and their unique perspective. Paul Hastings is not for the hierarchical or the entitled but for the inclusive, creative and entrepreneurial. We hire smart people from diverse backgrounds who are the right fit for our collegial, client-centric and future-focused culture.

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Academic requirements

Paul Hastings is in search of individuals who possess distinguished academic credentials. The firm holds the expectation that candidates exhibit a high level of achievement both in A Levels (or equivalent qualifications) and at the degree level. Typically, this entails the attainment of an upper second or first-class degree, accompanied by a majority of A grades at A Level.

Diversity interests

At Paul Hastings, they are dedicated to acting with integrity, valuing knowledge, and embracing diversity. The firm has a robust global diversity and inclusion program in place, focusing on recruiting, retention, and development. This program addresses the firm's brand and upholds their commitment to enhancing the well-being of their attorneys and staff.

The commitment to the professional growth and career aspirations of the people at Paul Hastings is strong. The firm brings in exceptional individuals and offers development programs designed to assist associates in attaining their goals, whether that involves progressing towards partnership, transitioning in-house with a client, or exploring opportunities with other organizations. The overarching aim is to cultivate an inclusive work environment where diverse perspectives and ideas are not only welcomed but are recognized as crucial to generating innovative solutions for clients.

Recent initiatives within the London office have included the organization of a Wellness Week in January, designed to promote health and well-being in the workplace. They have also introduced the Active Wellbeing Plan benefit, which provides a contribution towards employees' chosen ongoing sports, fitness, health, and well-being expenses. Furthermore, they have equalized and enhanced their parental leave benefit, now accessible to both birthing and non-birthing parents. By partnering with SupportLinc, they offer a global Employee Assistance Program that provides practical information and counseling services to all Paul Hastings employees, partners, and their families.

Paul Hastings is a proud signatory of the Mindful Business Charter, a set of best practices aimed at reducing avoidable stress. The firm actively encourages all partners and employees to uphold these commitments, fostering a healthy work environment that empowers employees to excel and deliver optimal client service.

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