Shoosmiths offer a training contract and a vacation scheme. If the firm is actively recruiting for any of these positions, opportunities will be listed below.
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Trainees at Shoosmiths complete four seats, each lasting six months. There are no compulsory seats, but you must sit in one non-contentious and one contentious seat. There are a variety of different practice areas available, such as commercial, corporate and real estate.
Other practice areas like intellectual property and construction offer seats on a less regular basis. One of these seats could even be with a client’s in-house legal team, allowing you to gain a greater understanding of the client’s needs and the firm can best serve them.
Shoosmiths ensure that there is only one trainee with each team, so you’ll work closely with senior lawyers and receive a high level of responsibility from day one. You’ll work directly with clients and have your own case files to manage, giving you confidence in your abilities.
Trainees also get the chance to meet the trainees from other offices on a residential, and are encouraged to get involved in the firm’s corporate responsibility initiatives. Past trainees have donated food parcels to food banks and held bake sales to raise money for different charities.
The firm offers 40 placements each Summer for students who are interested in a career in law. During the week-long scheme, you'll work on real-life cases, reading case files and attending meetings with clients. You’ll also be set a mini project to complete so you can get a feel for the culture and values at the firm.
Candidates are also paired up with a current trainee, who will be on hand to provide you with support and answer any questions you may have. There will also be several socials to provide you with networking opportunities and you’ll also be able to attend events at the firm throughout the year.