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White & Case LLP

White & Case is a global law firm with nearly 2000 lawyers worldwide. We’ve built an enviable network of 43 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for our client work in 159 countries today. Complex client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. Many White & Case clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple offices.  As part of our training contract, we offer every trainee a guaranteed six-month overseas seat.

What we do

As a White & Case lawyer, you’ll work on fast-paced cutting-edge cross-border projects from the outset of your career.  In London, our key areas of work include: banking, financial restructuring and insolvency; capital markets (including regulatory compliance, high yield and securitisation); dispute resolution (including antitrust, commercial litigation, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade, white collar and construction and engineering); energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance (EIPAF); corporate (including M&A, private equity, employment, compensation and benefits, investment funds, real estate and tax).

Trainee profile

White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one and a willingness to take charge of their own career. We value globally-minded citizens of the world who are eager to work across borders and cultures, and who are intrigued by solving problems within multiple legal systems. They should have an understanding of international commercial issues and an interest in working on big-ticket, cross-border work. We recruit both law and non-law students and owing to the nature of our work, language skills are of interest. Applicants will be welcomed for their individuality, their ability to contribute to the cutting-edge work we do and the energy with which they approach the job at hand. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1, have a positive and friendly attitude, be enthusiastic and work well in teams.

Training Programme

The training contract consists of four six-month seats, one of which is guaranteed to be spent in one of our overseas offices, including Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston (Texas), Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Stockholm, Tashkent and Tokyo. The remaining three seats can be spent in any one of the Firm’s practice groups in London. Receiving a high level of partner and senior associate contact from day one, our trainees can be confident that they will receive high-quality, stimulating and rewarding work. Trainees work in small, focused teams, so their colleagues trust them to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. White & Case is a “high-stretch, high-support” workplace that celebrates individual excellence and team success.  We actively encourage our trainees to take early responsibility, and there is a strong emphasis on practical training, with plenty of support and feedback. Alongside the training contract, our trainees are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of our globally-renowned pro bono programme, often working directly with clients and even managing small matters. White & Case recruits and develops trainee solicitors with the aim of retaining them on qualification.

Vacation Schemes

A vacation scheme provides a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a White & Case trainee. Playing an active part in the life of the London office you will receive real work from a dedicated supervisor, attend interactive, informative sessions and be given plenty of opportunities to network at social events.

Students will be paid £400 per week.

Winter vacation scheme (for finalists and graduates)

Monday 11 – Thursday 21 December 2017 (deadline 5 November 2017)

Spring vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

Monday 19 – Thursday 29 March 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)

Summer vacation scheme (for penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

Monday 18 – Friday 29 June 2018 (deadline 31 January 2018)

Open Days

You can apply to attend one of our London office open days for a useful insight into the Firm and the training we offer. We are holding open days on 9 November 2017 and 29 November 2017 for second year students, penultimate year students, finalists and graduates.

First year two-day insight scheme 

As a first year student, you can apply for our two-day insight scheme from 16-17 May 2018 which includes presentations, workshops and work-shadowing.

Training Contracts

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2018

Salary and benefits


  • First year: £46,000
  • Second year: £50,000
  • Post-qualification: £105,000

Benefits include:

In addition to our core and flexible benefits every employee receives a Health-Wellness account where you can be reimbursed up to £500 per year towards the cost of fitness activities, gym memberships and relaxation service.

Core benefits include:

  • Income protection
  • Life insurance
  • Personal pension plan
  • Private medical insurance with annual health assessment
  • Vision care
  • Back-up child/adult/elder care
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Employment support programme
  • Health & wellness account of £500

Optional benefits include:

  • Interest-free loan of £4,000 on arrival
  • Private GP services
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Cycle to work
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Retail vouchers
  • Charity giving
  • Workplace ISA    


Abu Dhabi, Astana, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Bratislava, Brussels, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta*, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh*, São Paulo, Seoul, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tashkent, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC.

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