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About Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

With approximately 1,100 lawyers across the US, Europe and Asia, Weil operates according to the “one firm” principle, allowing it to bring the right mix of firm wide skill and local market presence to deliver coordinated legal advice to help its clients achieve their sophisticated goals and objectives. Established in 1996, Weil’s London office is the largest of its European offices and the hub of its European practice. The office is a leading player in the UK legal market and is consistently regarded as one of the most successful London offices of a US-based law firm. The firm supports a varied client base of European, US and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters. Weil’s strategy is focused on long-term investment in recruiting and retaining exceptional talent at all levels. The firm’s people celebrate diversity and inclusion, and its award-winning pro bono programme is deeply ingrained in the firm’s culture.

Main areas of work:

Weil provides clients with legal expertise at the highest level across its key practices of private equity, corporate/M&A, funds, banking and finance, structured finance, restructuring and dispute resolution, and has been involved in some of the most significant, high-profile and prestigious mandates across all its legal specialisms. The majority of the firm’s work involves multidisciplinary teams across the specialist fields of competition, corporate governance and compliance, employment, intellectual property, management incentives, pensions, real estate, tax and technology, leveraging the expertise of its full service capabilities for its clients.

Trainee profile:

A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful candidates will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team.

Mentoring and support:

As you grow and progress in your role at Weil, we will ensure that you receive extensive support and mentoring to help you develop and achieve your potential. Upon joining the firm, each trainee is allocated a Trainee Responsible Partner (TRP). The partner remains their TRP for the full two years of training and is there to provide objective mentoring and advice, as well as to help the trainee raise their profile within the office.

Vacation schemes:

A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a Weil trainee. You will spend each week in a different practice area and you will be able to submit preferences in advance. Throughout the scheme you will work alongside senior associates, carrying out trainee tasks and responsibilities. You will be mentored and supported throughout the scheme, and your supervisor will always be there to provide constructive feedback and answer questions. You'll also have the support of a trainee buddy as well as lots of interaction with the Graduate Recruitment team. To help you get even more of an insight into life at Weil, there will be various talks and workshops to attend on top of the day-to-day work. We also organise a number of social events, so you can get to know Weil’s lawyers and staff in a more relaxed setting.  We run two vacation schemes over the spring and summer holidays. Each scheme is two-weeks long and participants are paid £500 per week. Post-graduates and undergraduates are eligible to apply for a vacation scheme, but you must be able to start a training contract in 2023.

Fast track schemes:

Our fast track scheme is for first year law students and second year non-law students who are keen to start developing their career and looking to secure a training contract early on in their academic studies. The fast track scheme is a fantastic way to gain an insight into the legal profession and to understand the work of a trainee at Weil. The one-week placement will see you sharing an office with an associate who will supervise you, as you get involved in trainee-level work. If you perform well on the scheme you will be automatically fast tracked to a training contract assessment day. You will also be paid £500 for the week.

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