As a member of the venerated Magic Circle with a history stretching back more than 170 years, Linklaters sits in the upper echelons of UK law. Boasting super heavyweight clients such as Citibank and RBS, Linklaters is one of the most recognised brands in law, as well as one of the largest law firms in the world by revenue.
Most impressive clients and deals.
- World class deals and work, especially on the corporate side
- Fantastic training with a wide range of courses available
- ‘Work hard, play hard’ culture
- Excellent name to have on your CV
- Long and unpredictable hours (as with all Magic Circle firms)
- Lack of personal mentoring and management communication at times
- High stress, high pressure and you'll bend over backwards to meet client demands
Training Contract: You’ll get more from your training contract at Linklaters. Join Linklaters and you become part of one of the world’s most prestigious law firms – a global network of exceptionally talented, highly motivated lawyers working as a team and learning from one another to fulfil our ambition of becoming the leading global law firm.
We are the only firm to have market-leading global teams across the full range of corporate, finance and commercial practice areas. This, partnered with our culture of innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurship, means that we have built strong relationships with the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments and are asked to advise them on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments.
Whether you are a law graduate or a non-law graduate, your training contract is built around six-month seats in four different practice areas. This will often include a seat in one of our international offices or a client secondment. Each practice group has a Group Trainee Solicitor Partner who is responsible for supporting and mentoring you as you develop. There are also specific seminars and training modules during each seat relevant to each practice area. You will receive excellent training throughout your contract courtesy of the Linklaters Law & Business School.
We will give you a say in the content of your training, as well as the flexibility to change your preferences as you go along. At key stages during your training contract you will discuss your progress with the Trainee Development team and draw up a plan for the remainder of your training.
Our training and development programme is widely acknowledged to be one of the best of its kind in the world. Bringing substantial investment, an innovative approach, an entrepreneurial focus and a global outlook to legal education, we’ve created a career-long learning programme that is consistent across our global network and uniquely focused on creating a new kind of international commercial lawyer. Over two-thirds of our Trainees undertake an international or client secondment, meaning that the experience gained by our lawyers is truly multi-dimensional.
When to apply: From 1 June 2013 until 31 July 2013, click here to apply.
Salary: £39,500 (Year 1), £64,000 (Newly Qualified)
Vacancies: 110 training contracts per year.
As a member of the venerated Magic Circle with a history stretching back more than 170 years, Linklaters sits in the upper echelons of UK law. Led by its deep-rooted foundation in M&A and capital markets, few firms can compete with the sheer scale and volume of its corporate deals. Boasting super heavyweight clients such as Citibank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, Linklaters is one of the most recognised brands in law, as well as one of the largest law firms in the world by revenue.
While Linklaters is a UK firm, a succession of global mergers and acquisitions has established a very strong international presence. In 2005, the firm was among the first to provide both international and domestic services in Japan; in 2006, it augmented 30 years of experience in the Middle East by setting up shop in Dubai; and 2007 and 2008 saw expansion in Germany and Italy respectively. This international expansion strategy now leaves Linklaters with 28 offices in 19 countries.
As well as a top M&A practice, Linklaters boasts thriving practices and capabilities in other areas – particularly in capital markets, private equity and structured products. The firm divides its work into three broad divisions: corporate, finance and projects, and commercial.
When not billing clients, Linklaters is giving back to the community. Despite high pressure jobs, in 2011/12 Linklaters employees clocked up over 24,000 volunteering hours, at least 68% of which used the professional skills of its people. Furthermore, Linklaters has reduced its CO2 emissions by 29% in five years, its business travel and the amount of waste sent to landfill. Closer to home, staff in the London office are actively encouraged to support the local community, in fact the firm commits 1% of its pre-tax profits to the community through donations and volunteer time.Read all 170 employee quotes
Got a 2:1 or above from a top 20 university? Then you're in with a chance of securing a highly sought after position at one of law's biggest names. While top grades are a definite prerequisite, candidates need to match these smarts with excellent social skills to secure a training contract with Linklaters. An array of extra-curricular activities will give any applicant a palpable edge, complementing the ‘work hard, play hard’ culture of the firm. Linklaters looks for motivated but well-rounded candidates who have a good mixture of commercial awareness and communication skills.
The application process comprises an application form and online test before candidates are invited for an interview, and covers the same basic ground whether you are applying for a vacation scheme or a training contract. It begins with the online application form which will give you a chance to set yourself apart from the other candidates. Successful candidates will then be invited to complete a Watson Glaser test, designed to assess candidates’ critical thinking abilities in the realms of logic and reasoning (Practice Watson Glaser Tests). Impress here and an invitation to attend an interview day will follow.
The interview day consists of a paper-based critical thinking test, a work simulation exercise and two interviews: one with HR and one with a managing associate and a partner at the firm. The work simulation is based on an email inbox and will require you to select email responses from a multiple choice list. This is to show how you make judgement calls and deal with challenging situations, but will also allow you to experience some of the tasks you may be facing on a day to day basis should you get the job.
At the end of the exercise, there is a timed written task that asks candidates to draft a response to one final email on the subject of an issue you will have been dealing with throughout the work simulation. Candidates are advised that, as this written work will form a basis for discussion during one of the interviews to follow, it’s wise to keep a focus on the target audience of the piece. Make sure you give it a logical structure and mind your spelling and grammar closely.
The interviews seek to get a clearer view of what you as a candidate would bring to the firm. These interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience and it is advised that you get as much practice as possible beforehand. It is also wise to have fully researched Linklaters, be up to date on current affairs and ready to answer questions on the subject of yourself, your CV, why you want to be a lawyer and why at Linklaters in particular.
For those who have completed a vacation scheme with Linklaters the application process for a training contract is somewhat different as you are automatically entitled to an interview. This will take place at the end of your vac scheme and lasts about 60 minutes.
Linklaters Graduate Recruitment Info
Training Contracts: 31st July 2013 and 6th January 2014
Vacation Schemes: 6th January 2014
No. of lawyers firm-wide: 2,200
No. of lawyers in London: 670
London trainee intake: 110
London trainees retained: 85% (March 2013)
LINKLATERS: 2013 LAW RANKINGS
# 4 Most Reputable Law Firm (8.17/10)
1st year trainee: £39,500
2nd year trainee: £45,000
Newly qualified: £64,000
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There is a fairly competitive working environment - always aiming to be the best - and this is reflected in how hard people work here. However, the friendliness of the people make working late more bearable. Social occasions are always enjoyable because people really let their hair down and enjoy themselves until the early hours.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
There is a card to get free and priority entry into some museums (e.g. Tate Modern). Whenever I find myself in a meeting room I always make sure to take advantage of the jelly beans!First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
We support the local primary and secondary schools, particularly doing training on business and, quite simply, how to get a job. We also support the Mary Ward centre and the FRU, with trainee secondments to both.Second year trainee, LondonHelpful?
I wanted an intellectual job where I could push myself and be stimulated. Make sure you have really thought through the work that you would do and the working lifestyle that you would have. Don't just jump on the conveyor belt as, especially at a top firm, you will come unstuck if you aren't motivated.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
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