Getting to know each other
We understand that applying may feel daunting and time-consuming but we'll do everything we can to make it an enjoyable experience. Selection is mutual. It allows us to find more about you. But it's also an opportunity for you to decide whether we’re right for you. So ask questions, allow time to think and do your research.
Above all, we're looking for individuals, not robots. We're interested in what you can bring to the firm. So throughout the recruitment process, take every opportunity to demonstrate your many skills: commercial awareness, communication skills, drive, motivation, intellect, teamwork and attention to detail.
First things first
The first step to join Linklaters Belgium offices is to click here and to check our opportunities. By clicking on the opportunity, you are asked to fill out an online application form, which should include your Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter explaining your interest in the firm and your detailed academic transcripts.
Before putting fingers to keyboard, make sure you’re clear in your own mind. Why have you chosen Linklaters? Why do you want to become a commercial lawyer? What is it that excites you about our work?
We'll need you to complete some basic information: personal details, a summary of your education, languages and background. We estimate this will take around 15 minutes.
If you have specific personal requirements, please also explain them in the appropriate section so that we can take them into consideration.
Also, attention to detail is essential for a lawyer, so check the whole form thoroughly to eradicate grammar and spelling errors.
Step by step
- Once you've completed your application form, upload your application form to our internal system by clicking 'Send my application’.
- To save your work at any time, click the 'Save and finish later’ button at the bottom of each screen.
- You can retrieve your work via the 'Log in' button on the website. Select 'Saved drafts'.
- When you're happy everything is complete, submit your form.
- Every application form is personally reviewed by a member of our Human Resources team.
Meet with us!
We provide many opportunities for students to meet us throughout the year - including law fairs, presentations at universities across Belgium and other off campus events.
Our sequence of interviews is set up to get to know you. It is just as much an opportunity for you to learn more about Linklaters Belgium as it is for us to learn about you as a person and as a future member of the Team.
During the interviews, you will meet with a member of the Human Resources as well as with Partners, Counsel and/or (Managing) Associates. Throughout the interviews, we like to make a personal connection. This is also a chance to discuss more general topics around commercial awareness and assess your technical skills.
We’ll also discuss a legal business scenario with you based on a client case which will help us to understand how you deal with important issues and all its implications, how you articulate your critical and logical thinking and structure your thoughts when formulating conclusions and recommendations to a client.
You'll also have lunch or coffee with some lawyers who will give you candid answers to any questions you might have.
The interviewing journey is an opportunity both to show us what you can do and to see if Linklaters is right for you.
We have a clear idea of the qualities and aptitudes that make a successful Linklaters lawyer: teamwork, communication, motivation, time management and commercial thinking.
To get the best out of your interview, remind yourself of our approach and what we are looking for.
We aim to provide the interview feedback within one week. Regardless of the outcome we strive to provide everyone with personal feedback.
As a final step, we extend our offer where we provide the details and conditions of our collaboration.
Note that candidates applying for the Summer Associates Programme or the Academic/Legal Internships won't be required to go through the same process.