Placement

South East +4

Womble Bond Dickinson is a progressive and forward thinking firm, with a strong regional heritage through longstanding connections within the communities in which we operate. We are a top 20 law firm by revenue with more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the UK and 19 offices in the US. This ensures that we’re always close to our clients’ needs while bringing a transatlantic perspective and extended jurisdictional reach.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations, wealthy individuals and over 100 rural landowners; including National Trust and English Heritage.

With a focus on twelve key sectors (Public, Government and Third Sector; Technology,  Healthcare; Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth).

Our clients include Nissan, HSBC, Grainger, Bellway, Sainsbury’s, New Look, Atom Bank, HS2 and Five Guys. Whether we’re working with a FTSE 100 business, a government organisation or a privately managed company, our approach is to build productive, trusting long-term relationships.

We always put ourselves in our clients’ shoes and ask the right questions so that we can really understand and anticipate their needs. That’s why we look for trainees who take the time to listen and who want to work for a firm where integrity and reliability matter every bit as much as insight and legal expertise.

We take our commitment to being a Responsible Business very seriously and care about the impact of our actions on our people, our local community and the environment.

Building sustainable relationships through partnerships with charities, community projects and our own initiatives and networks, we are determined to play a strong role in creating better places to live, work and do business. 

We want our actions to have real social value impact, and so focus our activity on social mobility, BAME and LGBTQ+ communities. Hoping to give empowerment and unlock potential with Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Early careers opportunities 2021 and 2022

Would you like to develop key skills needed for employment and get your first insight into life at a transatlantic law firm?

Work experience is an invaluable tool and we recognise the importance of gaining employability skills to kick start your career. 

Womble Bond Dickinson has a number of opportunities across each of our locations, to help you develop your skills and gain experience, as part of our early careers programme. 

Whether you're thinking about your GCSE's, completing your A-Levels or starting university, we have a variety of workshops and placements to introduce you to the work of a commercial law firm and to help you with your career choices. You'll do this through skills workshops, presentations and networking sessions which also allow you the opportunity to meet people from around our business.

Our programmes – steps to success

Inspire

If you are age 14 or above, studying towards your GCSEs or equivalent, and would like to learn more about career opportunities and the skills needed for employment apply for our Inspire programme. Inspire offers two hour workshops throughout the year where you will be introduced to Womble Bond Dickinson, the range of careers available in a law firm and some of the skills that are important for your future.

Insight

If you are age 16 and above and studying for your A-Levels or equivalent apply for our Insight programme to learn more about Womble Bond Dickinson, career paths, and a variety of activities to build on your skills. In a jam-packed, yet fun and interactive day, you will have the opportunity to network with peers, meet colleagues from around the business and learn more about teamwork, negotiation, research and other important skills. 

Experience

If you are aged 16 or above, studying towards your A-Levels or equivalent, and looking to secure your first work experience our Experience programme may be for you. Experience offers the opportunity to spend a number of days with a variety of teams across the business – not only gaining experience in your desired career but experience of a business and how teams successfully work together.

Please note the Experience programme is not open to those with previous legal work experience, studying at university or graduated.

Open Days 

If you are in the early stages of your degree or a graduate and considering a career in law join us on an open day to learn more about Womble Bond Dickinson. Taking part in group tasks and mock recruitment exercises the day will help you feel more confident with future assessment days and the skills needed at a commercial law firm.

Other schools and organisations

We work with a number of schools and organisations throughout the UK, delivering skills workshops, offering work experience programmes and attending careers events. Some examples of our current programmes and organisations we work with include PRIME, Pathways to Law, NE1 Can and Business in the Community.

If you're a student, parent, or education establishment and would like to know more about these opportunities we'd love to hear from you.

Apprenticeships

Are you looking for an alternative to university and interested in joining a top law firm? Click here to learn more about an apprenticeship with us and visit our vacancies page to apply for current opportunities.

Graduate recruitment

Final year of a non-law degree, penultimate year of a law degree or university graduate? Please visit our dedicated microsite for more information and apply online.

More Details

Apply by

31.07.2022

Locations

Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton.

Regions

South East, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, Greater London, Scotland

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