Our opportunities

Outstanding training 

We believe what makes us stand out as an employer, is the attention we give to training and support. We offer the fully rounded programme you need to rapidly develop your understanding of commercial law and build your skills. Providing the foundation you need to become a successful lawyer. This dedication is paying dividends, as our trainees choose to stay with us year after year. 

Our Programmes

UK Programmes

Two days

This virtual insight and developmental programme offers a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm. And it's intended to put you in the best possible position to secure a place on our Vacation Schemes.

Over two days, you'll learn about our culture, work and strategy and attend workshops to develop your commercial understanding. You'll get to spend time with Trainees, Associates and the Trainee Recruitment team to ask questions and find out more about life at Linklaters. To help you make the right impression and build confidence, you'll also attend a personal impact masterclass. There will be plenty of opportunity to network and meet your cohort throughout the programme, including a fun social (because it's not all about work). 

We value ongoing development and support, so after the two days we will keep in contact with you and you'll get exclusive access to resources and a number of sessions, including the chance to speak to a lawyer from an area of your choice. Finally, you'll be fast-tracked through the application process for a Vacation Scheme.

Pathfinder is open to first-year undergraduates studying any degree at UK and Irish universities. Or if you're taking a four-year undergraduate degree, you can apply in the second year. 

Tailored series

Are you a final year student or graduate and interested in a career in commercial law? Get Ahead by joining our tailored series designed to give candidates from Black and other underrepresented minority ethnic backgrounds including those with Asian Bangladeshi/Pakistani heritage, members of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) community and individuals with refugee status a head start in Vacation Scheme and Training Contract applications.      


Successful applicants will benefit from focused webinars designed to develop technical and professional skills. As well as invaluable support through the Vacation Scheme and Training Contract process. 

 

 

Two to four weeks

For a head start in your career, apply to our Winter, Spring or Summer Vacation Schemes. They offer a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm, and they put you in the best possible position to secure a Training Contract here. We'll also pay you £450 per week while you're with us.

Our Winter, Spring and Summer Vacation Schemes are for penultimate and final-year undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates (studying Law and non-Law subjects).

You'll be involved in real deals, sit with a Principal, work hard and enjoy an active social life. You'll also attend professional development sessions. These offer a broader understanding of our global business strategy and practice areas, and help you to develop essential skills like negotiation and pitching.

More informally, you'll have the ear of experienced lawyers. A Trainee ‘buddy’ in each department is on hand to integrate you into the team, as well as a Principal, who is an Associate or Managing Associate. This reflects the support you can look forward to if you join us as a Trainee. You'll also get to know us, and other Vacation Scheme students, through our social events (often a highlight!).

After attending the Vacation Scheme, we'll automatically offer you a final interview for our Training Contract with one of our Partners. The selection process for our Schemes is tough, because they are there to help prepare you, and we want you to be successful in your Training Contract application.

2021/22 Vacation Scheme dates

- Winter Vacation Scheme: 6 December - 17 December 2021

- Spring Vacation Scheme: 4 April – 14 April 2022

- Summer Vacation Scheme: 27 June – 22 July 2022, 1 – 26 August 2022

Candidates must complete the short online form (30 minutes) and the Capp Online assessment by the application deadline. Candidates will have a 5-day deadline, from the date of their application, to complete the Watson Glaser online test.

 

Training Contracts

Two years

Over four six-month seats (placements), you'll work on a range of live projects and have real influence. There's no substitute for the depth and quality of insight that comes from spending six months in a department. You may also have the chance to take up an international or client secondment. And at the end of the Contract, you'll be able to make a well-informed decision about where to start your career.

 

Support and feedback

In each department, you'll sit with a Principal, who is on hand to train and supervise. A Group Trainee Solicitor Partner will also give you additional support. With ongoing feedback, you'll have ample opportunity to discuss progress with the Trainee Development Team and draw up a training plan. And as you define your interests, you'll also have the flexibility to change your preference as you go. You'll also benefit from seminars and training modules that are specific to your seat and practice area.

Two years

This is a unique opportunity to train and qualify as a lawyer in England and Wales before starting a commercial law career in Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai.
   
You'll start working on live client cases during four six-month seats. These take place in London as well as Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai (two seats will be in London and two in China offices). You'll build skills and experience in practice areas, and, with ongoing training and support, develop the professional skills you need. Once qualified, you'll then start your career as an Associate in Beijing, Hong Kong or Shanghai.
 
We're looking for native-level Mandarin-speaking students with a good command of English, who are currently on an undergraduate Law degree, Master of Law (LLM) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme at a UK university. To meet our needs, you'll need to demonstrate a global outlook, drive and ambition, backed up by abilities like intelligence and commercial awareness.

Two years

This is a unique opportunity to train and qualify as a lawyer in England and Wales before starting a commercial law career in the Middle East.
   
You'll start working on live client cases during four six-month seats. These take place in London as well as the Middle East. You'll build skills and experience in practice areas, and, with ongoing training and support, develop the professional skills you need. Once qualified, you'll then start your career as an Associate in the Middle East.
 
We're looking for fluent Arabic-speaking students with a good command of English, who are currently on an undergraduate Law degree, Master of Law (LLM) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme at a UK university. To meet our needs, you'll need to demonstrate skills such as teamwork, communication, commercial awareness, intellect, drive and motivation.

Two years

This is a unique opportunity to train and qualify as a lawyer in England and Wales before starting a commercial law career in Singapore.
   
You'll start working on live client cases during four six-month seats. These take place in London as well as Singapore. You'll build skills and experience in practice areas, and, with ongoing training and support, develop the professional skills you need. Once qualified, you'll then start your career as an Associate in Singapore.
 
We're looking for students currently on an undergraduate Law degree, Master of Law (LLM) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) programme at a UK university. To meet our needs, you'll need to demonstrate a global outlook, drive and ambition, backed up by abilities like intelligence and commercial awareness.

 

International Programmes

Four weeks

In November and December, we run a Clerkship for law students with undergraduate degrees from African universities who want to start their careers in London. This is a great opportunity to discover if commercial law and Linklaters are right for you. This scheme is open to individuals from across Africa but only international students studying at South African universities.

 

The African Clerkship is similar to our UK Vacation Schemes. After an induction, you'll be treated just like a Trainee, because we want you to get to know us properly. You'll be involved in real deals, sit with a Principal, work hard and enjoy an active social life.

 

If the programme is in person, we'll organise and pay for your visa, flight and accommodation for the duration of the scheme, as well as paying you £450 per week. In the event the scheme is virtual we will provide access to the internet where required.

 

You'll also attend professional development sessions. You'll take away a broader understanding of our global business strategy and practice areas, and develop skills like negotiation and pitching. More informally, you'll be supported by our experienced lawyers and Trainees.

Once you complete the Clerkship, we'll automatically offer you an interview for a London Training Contract. If successful, you can then return to Africa to finish your degree, with the security of a Training Contract to start when you graduate.

Our strategic alliance

Linklaters has formed a successful strategic alliance with Allens.

Allens is a leading international law firm that has maintained some of the world’s longest client relationships, some stretching back almost 200 years. Clients are diverse, and include 55 of the world’s top 100 companies and more than 75 of Australia’s top 100 companies.

Working for them, you'll join around 769 (631 legal professionals and 138 Partners) lawyers across Asia and Australia. You'll have access to accelerated technical and skills development and Partners who'll help you be the best you can be. The Clerkship and graduate programmes equip lawyers to lead the market even in this rapidly changing business environment.

Allens accepts applications from students in the penultimate year of their law degree and run Clerkship programmes throughout the Australian summer in all offices.

In Perth and Melbourne, Allens programmes coincide with the Australian winter holidays. The alliance accepts applications from students who would like to complete Clerkships in London and Australia.

Two years

If you’re an ambitious, penultimate-year Law student at an Australasian university, you can apply for a direct Training Contract with us. Over four six-month seats (placements), you'll work on a range of live projects and have real influence. There's no substitute for the depth and quality of insight that comes from spending six months in a department. You may also have the chance to take up an international or client secondment. And at the end of the Contract, you'll be able to make a well-informed decision about where to start your career.

 

Prior to starting your Training Contract in London, you’ll get to complete a Clerkship at Allens and experience the alliance first-hand. We will support you through the qualification process, both at home and in the UK, ensuring that you’ll be dual-qualified in England and Wales as well as in your home jurisdiction. We’ll also arrange your relocation to London and be on hand to guide you through the process.

 

We welcome applications from penultimate-year Law students at all leading Australasian universities. You'll need to show you are committed to a career with the firm, starting in London, and the selection process is rigorous, so do your homework. To apply for our Australasian Training Contract 2024, the first step is to complete an online application form. If selected, you’ll be invited to a virtual assessment centre in May 2021.

 

Four weeks

In November and December, we run an Internship in London for penultimate-year law students at Indian universities who want to start their careers in London. If you're at a leading law school in India, this is your opportunity to discover if commercial law - and Linklaters - are right for you.

The Indian Internship is similar to our UK Vacation Schemes. After an induction, you'll be treated just like a Trainee, because we want you to get to know us properly. You'll be involved in real deals, sit with a Principal, work hard and enjoy an active social life.

If the programme is in person, we'll organise and pay for your visa, flight and accommodation for the duration of the scheme, as well as paying you £450 per week. In the event the scheme is virtual we will provide access to the internet where required.

You'll also attend professional development sessions. You'll take away a broader understanding of our global business strategy and practice areas, and develop skills like negotiation and pitching. More informally, you'll best supported by our experienced lawyers and Trainees.

Once you complete the Internship, we'll automatically offer you an interview for our London Training Contract. If successful, you can then return to India to finish your degree, with the security of a Training Contract to start when you graduate.

Five weeks

For a unique opportunity to spend time in both the London and Seoul office, apply to our Seoul-London Summer Vacation Scheme. It offers a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm, and puts you in the best possible position to secure a Training Contract here. We'll also pay you £450 per week while you're with us.

Our Seoul-London Summer Vacation Scheme is for penultimate and final-year undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates (studying Law and non-Law subjects) who are fluent in Korean. You'll spend four weeks in our London office, followed by one week in our Seoul office.

Throughout the five weeks, you'll be involved in real deals, sit with a Principal, work hard and enjoy an active social life. You'll also attend professional development sessions. These offer a broader understanding of our global business strategy and practice areas, and help you to develop essential skills like negotiation and pitching.

More informally, you'll have the ear of experienced lawyers. A Trainee ‘buddy’ in each department is on hand to integrate you into the team, as well as a Principal, who is an Associate or Managing Associate. This reflects the support you can look forward to if you join us as a Trainee. You'll also get to know us, and other Vacation Scheme students, through our social events (often a highlight!).

After attending the Vacation Scheme, we'll automatically offer you a final interview for our Training Contract with one of our Partners. The selection process for our Schemes is tough, because they are there to help prepare you, and we want you to be successful in your Training Contract application.

2022 Summer Vacation Scheme dates

- Summer Vacation Scheme: 27 June – 22 July 2022, 1 – 26 August 2022

Candidates must complete the short online form (30 minutes) and the Capp Online assessment by the application deadline. Candidates will have a 5-day deadline, from the date of their application, to complete the Watson Glaser online test.