A career in law starts with choosing the right firm for you—a firm where you can develop the skills and attributes needed to become a successful and high-quality lawyer. At Morgan Lewis, we offer trainees the opportunity to work on complex and often cross-border matters for high-profile clients in a collegiate and supportive environment. Engagement and teamwork form the foundation of the training you will experience at Morgan Lewis. In the London office, our trainees work closely with partners and associates, often in teams. We offer a hands-on and varied experience, and our trainees are given early responsibility to help them build a thorough understanding of our firm’s business and clients.
We recruit up to ten trainee solicitors a year and our trainee intakes join us in either February or August each year.
As a trainee, you can expect to be an active member of a busy team and play a real part in doing challenging legal work. The work will be varied, complex, and most likely involve working across a variety of different jurisdictions. Training will begin with a comprehensive induction programme, designed to provide you with the tools and skills needed to make an immediate contribution to the firm. Each practice runs regular seminars and training sessions which all trainees are expected to attend, allowing you to continually further your knowledge and build on your proficiency throughout your training contract. You will receive regular feedback on your performance from a range of people throughout your seats, including your supervisors, peers, and colleagues. There will be an informal progress review midway through each seat, as well as a more formal evaluation with your supervisor at the end of each seat. You will be given opportunities to work on individual assignments, work in teams, and shadow lawyers on high-quality, challenging matters.
You will complete four six-month seats. We currently offer these in: Antitrust, Corporate & Business Transactions, Finance, Investment Management, Labour & Employment, Litigation and Structured Transactions. Due to the London office’s close connection with the firm’s international offices, seats may also be available in Brussels, Dubai and Singapore.
- 25 days holiday per annum
- Pension scheme
- Private medical and dental insurance
- Life assurance
- Cycle-to-work scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Income protection
- Interest free season ticket loans
Candidates who have accepted a training contract offer with Morgan Lewis will receive a maintenance grant of £10,000 (paid in instalments), as well as the full payment of fees for both the GDL and LPC. The firm does not provide retrospective funding for law school fees or maintenance grants.
Your first step to securing a training contract commencing in 2022 is to complete our online application form. Our online application form is the first opportunity for you to provide us with information that will help us to get to know you. We look for a range of prior work experience (a mixture of law and non-law), volunteering and extra-curricular activities to demonstrate the development of your skills and experience. In particular, we are looking for candidates to show us their commercial awareness, team spirit, resilience and passion for a career in law.
We are seeking applicants who have a consistently strong academic record, a well-rounded personality and a sense of humour. You should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, client service, and analytical skills, as well as a proven ability to work effectively both independently and within a team. You will need to combine intellectual rigour with ready lateral thinking, be open-minded, versatile and respond with confidence to opportunities to work on challenging assignments across a variety of areas.
The minimum entry requirement is AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and applicants should be on track for, or have attained, a high 2.1 degree in any discipline.
Applications should be made via www.morganlewis.com using our online application form.
Our training contract programme is open to penultimate year law students, final year non-law students, and graduates. Following submission of an online application form, successful candidates will be invited for a telephone interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team, followed by an invitation to attend one of our assessment centres. The full-day assessment will typically involve a partner interview, a comprehension or written exercise, and a group presentation, as well as the opportunity to sit down with some of our partners at an informal lunch.
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