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Top 5 law firms for formal training

Which law firms offer the highest standards of training, in the eyes of their graduate recruits? The training provided can vary across a broad range of skills and areas of expertise, from industry and regulatory knowledge to IT and accounting and soft skills. What systems are in place to support training and track progress, and how supportive can you expect your supervisors to be?

We have compiled a list of the top five law firms for formal training, based on the Inside Buzz surveys on TARGETjobs in summer 2018, to help with your research as you decide where to apply. You can find out what graduate recruits have to say about a range of employers from our Inside Buzz surveys.

1. Clifford Chance – 9.2/10

‘The firm has very structured training programmes: both general and within specific departments. These programmes offer both intellectual and practical skills.’

‘No stone is left unturned in training, especially that on offer when you are moving departments to help you refresh your learning.’

‘The Clifford Chance Academy provides a full training programme and we undertake induction programmes at the beginning of each new seat to aid our development and learning.’

2. Burges Salmon – 9.1/10

‘There's excellent structured training but it's also flexible depending on your needs. Ask and it shall be given.’

‘The training programmes vary between departments with disputes having very good training material throughout your seat. The learning and development team also send out monthly tips and offer additional IT training that you can book on to.’

‘Excellent. There's great constructive feedback as well as sector-based updates and legal lectures.’

3. Osborne Clarke – 9.1/10

‘Comprehensive and supportive training ensures any areas for improvement are quickly picked up.’

‘The training programme is professionally run. We have an online system to record our progress so that we can ensure that we are achieving the objectives set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.’

‘Supportive supervisors and challenging work make for great training!’

4. Slaughter and May – 8.9/10

‘Excellent variety of legal training and soft skills. There is department, firm-wide and trainee-specific training. I think it is one of the key factors that makes the firm stand out.’

‘Lots of training, all very good. Some given by internal people, some external.’

‘Best in the industry by far according to the discussions I have had with my peers at other firms. I have picked up very good IT skills, commercial/finance/accounting skills, industry knowledge (eg oil and gas) and very good legal analysis skills.’

5. Mayer Brown – 8.9/10

‘Regular professional skills courses on soft skills and industry/regulatory knowledge. Departmental training on specific issues to that department. Comprehensive IT training during induction.’

‘There is a large amount of additional training that is practice area and non-practice area specific.’

‘The training is excellent at Mayer Brown. You get department-specific as well as general training throughout your two years and lots of it. You are therefore prepared for most situations that are thrown your way.’

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