Graduate scheme

Greater London


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.

The training contract

Weil’s training contract is designed to help you reach your potential as quickly as possible through constant exposure to high calibre work. We take an open and transparent approach to progression with a structure that makes sure you get the best start to your legal career. As a Trainee you will work on some of the most complex and sophisticated matters. The work will be varied, exciting and from the very start, you will be in the spotlight - tackling the problems our clients face.

During your training contract, you will complete four six month seats, one of which will be in Corporate and one in Finance. In each of your four seats, you will share an office with your Supervisor, which means you will always have someone to guide you in your day-to-day work. The mentoring and support you receive as a Weil Trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a Partner Mentor, who will be your go-to for advice and guidance throughout the full two years of your training. You can apply for a direct training contract if you are able to start in 2023 or 2024.

Applications open

1 June 2022

Applications close

31 July 2022

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. We are looking to recruit candidates from all universities and degree disciplines. Our academic requirements are AAB at A-Level or equivalent and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted). We review all application forms holistically, which means if you fall slightly short of our academic requirements but demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered.

Salary & benefits

Trainees start on a salary of £50,000 which increases to £55,000 in their second year, and on qualification will increase to £145,000. In addition to a £500 wellbeing allowance, the Firm offers a flexible benefits package which you can tailor to your individual needs.

Law school sponsorship

PGDL and SQE prep courses/exams are covered by the Firm and Future Trainees will receive a maintenance grant of £12,000 a year whilst studying. If you are a GDL or LPC student or graduate, you will also continue to be financially supported.

How to apply

Online via our website . If you require any additional support throughout the recruitment process, please contact the Graduate Recruitment team to have a confidential conversation on 020 7903 1000 or at .

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Virtual events

At our virtual events, in addition to developing your commercial awareness, you’ll have the chance to meet our people, build your network and discover our culture, as well as ask any questions you have about the application process. Click here ( for a list of upcoming events.

Virtual experience programme

Our virtual experience programme will allow you to gain hands-on experience of the type of tasks a Trainee would get involved in while working in our Private Equity, Banking & Finance and Restructuring teams. Click here to get started . Please use Google Chrome or Firefox.

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