About Morgan Lewis & Bockius
From our 31 offices in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and with a footprint across Africa and Latin America, we work with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups.
We provide comprehensive litigation, corporate, finance, restructuring, employment and benefits, and intellectual property services in all major industries, helping clients to anticipate, address, and overcome challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes. We approach every representation with an equal commitment to first understanding, and then efficiently and effectively advancing, the interests of our clients to help them arrive at the best results.
Our team encompasses more than 2,200 legal professionals, including lawyers, patent agents, employee benefits advisers, regulatory scientists, and other specialists. If a client has a question, we’ll immediately find the person in our global network with the answer. If there’s a shift in the legal landscape, we’re on top of it, and our clients will be too.
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.
Training Contract and Summer Scheme:
Our training programme is designed to provide you with the breadth of experience needed to become a confident and successful commercial lawyer. The programme starts with a comprehensive induction into the firm that provides all the tools you will need to hit the ground running. During the training contract, you will be given the opportunity to sit in four different practice areas, including a secondment to one of our international offices, giving you exposure to as much of our business as possible. Regular in-house seminars and training sessions provide ongoing learning opportunities to help you further develop your knowledge and proficiency.
Our collaborative culture underpins everything we do. As a trainee at Morgan Lewis, you will be supported by colleagues who will be on hand to encourage, mentor, and guide you throughout your training contract. They will provide regular advice and feedback on your progress and performance to help you succeed and transition into becoming an accomplished associate.
Our two-week summer vacation scheme provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the firm, meet some of our people, and gain insight into life at Morgan Lewis. During the scheme, students will be given as much hands-on experience as possible, as well as be given the opportunity to attend seminars, workshops and various social activities. Summer scheme students will be assessed for a training contract during the course of the two-week placement.
Candidates applying for either our summer scheme or training contract will need a strong academic record, including a minimum of AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 (predicted or gained) in their undergraduate degree.
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. If successful you will be invited to a 20 minute phone interview with HR, the next stage is an assessment centre, which includes a partner interview, group activity, written exercise and discussion panel with partners.
Applications for both our summer scheme and training contract programmes are open to penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates.
- Training contract deadline, 2024 start: 08 July 2022
- Summer vacation scheme deadline: 26 January 2022
- Open Day deadline: 25 February 2022
1st year: £50,000
2nd year: £55,000
NQ Salary: £135,000
Our Open Day runs in the spring of each year. The one-day programme is a great way to learn more about Morgan Lewis as a firm and about commercial law in general. We will introduce you to our key practice areas in the London office and give you the opportunity to meet with some of our trainees during a Q&A session. You will also sit down with some of our partners and associates over an informal lunch, before attending a number of skills sessions. Our Open Days are open to anyone in their first year of a law degree, or penultimate year of a non-law degree. Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining why you wish to attend. If your application is successful, you will be invited for a telephone interview with HR, before being offered a place on the day.
Culture and values
Every person at Morgan Lewis is treated with respect, supported with extensive resources and training, and exposed to a broad range of experiences.
We are committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Our leadership is actively involved in managing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and fostering a culture that creates opportunities for everyone, provides a safe and respectful workplace, and prohibits harassment in any form. We apply this same level of commitment in promoting the well-being of our lawyers and professional staff and in serving our communities.
Equality and diversity
A commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a core value at Morgan Lewis. We are committed to D&I not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is integral to how we do business. It influences how we service clients, collaborate with colleagues, and recruit prospective Morgan Lewis lawyers and administrative professionals, and how we engage the communities in which we live and practice.
Our D&I program also includes focusing on the career development of women lawyers, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers. This involves close attention to the work assignment process to ensure that our diverse lawyers receive the right opportunities and exposure, and paying for and encouraging them to attend and actively participate in external programs that enhance their professional development, while also providing networking and leadership opportunities.
Our firm has several internal lawyer networks (also known as affinity groups) that serve as resources for our diverse lawyers. Participation is voluntary, based on self-identification, and open to all lawyers interested in learning more about or participating in the groups’ activities. Each group—led by two influential partners and other lawyers—meets regularly, shares information, and enables junior and mid-level lawyers to gain valuable insight from more senior lawyers. The networks also play a vital role in the development and retention of diverse lawyers and help to create a more inclusive firm culture by bringing community, understanding, and enhanced opportunities to everyone at the firm.
Asian American/Asian Lawyer Network
Black Lawyer Network
Hispanic/Latino Lawyer Network
LGBTQ+ Lawyer Network
Middle Eastern/North African
Parent Lawyer Network