Law training contract


Osborne Clarke is a successful law firm with a global footprint and a clear strategic vision, working alongside interesting clients on their most vital matters. We are a firm that never stands still, that cares about its people, and invests in the future.

At Osborne Clarke the challenges of tomorrow are the focus of today. By zeroing in on Digitalisation, Decarbonisation and Urban Dynamics as the key areas transforming the way we live, work and do business, we've been able to hone our knowledge and expertise to the changes that will have the biggest impact for both our clients, and the world around us. Our three-dimensional approach to client service combines sharp legal expertise, in-depth understanding of our clients and the sectors they operate in, and the global issues driving transformation across their business.

Like any private practice, legal expertise is at the heart of everything we do. But what makes us distinctive? For a start, you will get involved in truly fascinating work. The variety of our deals and the diversity of our clients provide an exciting and immersive commercial framework. This is a firm where fresh ideas are highly prized, and we're never afraid to take a view. It is also firm with a coherent commercial vision, with a clear direction, supported by a compelling sense of purpose and identity. Finally, there's our culture. We know first-hand what inviting a diversity of perspectives delivers – creativity, innovation and a truly inspiring workplace. That’s why there's no one type of Osborne Clarke lawyer. And why your story, your ideas and who you are matters from Day 1.

Our training programme

Your training at Osborne Clarke is exactly that: Yours. We offer a bespoke programme that evolves through continuous review and communication, created with your skills, your ambitions and your passions as the guiding principle. Following your time with BPP completing the SQE preparation courses and examinations, you'll embark on two-years of different placements throughout the firm, each one building on the growth gained by the one before. These placements will give you the opportunity to broaden your social and networking skills through high levels of client exposure from the get-go. By the time you reach qualification you'll know what you want to do and be prepared – and inspired – to do it. And it doesn’t stop there. Unlike other training programmes, ours extends into your first year as a qualified lawyer, where you'll be given further support to develop specialist "future of work" skills, grow your network and, if you haven’t already, experience a secondment.

Beyond ensuring that our future lawyers have all the legal and technical training to succeed, we're just as focused on what the human behind them needs. All of our trainees have a trusted support system that includes dedicated development managers and supervisors, mentors and of course a peer network active from the moment you accept your training contract offer. We also offer a flexible approach to connected working, with no expectation of five days in the office.

What we're looking for

We're looking for the qualities that make a great Osborne Clarke lawyer. The ability to listen, learn and collaborate; a passion for client service; a genuine interest in the business environment; a problem-solving approach; and – of course – the drive and motivation to succeed. We have no minimum academic criteria, and use the Rare Contextual System to allow added appreciation of the context in which your academic achievements have been gained.

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