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Welcome to Reed Smith's law firm hub. This is your essential resource to find out more about the firm, from office locations to practice areas to opportunities!

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Reed Smith

Ambitious and entrepreneurial graduates are rewarded at Reed Smith with a training programme that is supportive, challenging and exciting, offering unparalleled client and international secondments. The firm's unique culture, which allows trainees to turn passions into careers, is one of the reasons Reed Smith's lawyers remain with for the firm for such a long time, moving seats, jobs roles and even countries, but sticking with the firm.

The firm's London office, based in The Broadgate Tower, is now the largest in the firm. This state-of-the-art building provides an exceptional workspace and 360-degree views from our cafeteria on the 31st floor. You can join Reed Smith in this office for a spring or summer vacation scheme, and perhaps even your training contract.

What the firm says

We are a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Unusually, we operate as one global partnership, rather than separate country-specific partnerships, which is why we’re so good at collaborating across borders to support our clients. 

As a leading advisor to industries including financial services, energy and natural resources, entertainment and media, real estate and shipping, our lawyers work with some of the most innovative organisations in the world – from multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley giants to national banks. We have even represented some of the biggest pop stars on the planet.

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Academic requirements

Reed Smith looks for candidates with a strong academic background. The minimum requirement is a 2:1 at undergraduate level (achieved or predicted) in any subject. However, we do take into consideration mitigating circumstances.

Candidates should demonstrate research, analysis, communication, teamwork, leadership and client relationship skills.

If you receive your training contract offer prior to completing the GDL/SQE, we will sponsor your GDL course through King’s College London and your SQE course with Barbri. We have a sole provider agreement with both King’s College and Barbri, meaning all our future trainees are expected to attend these institutes. The idea behind this is so we can build relationships with our future trainees before they join and ensure everyone receives the same foundational training.

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