Graduate recruitment at some of the top magic circle law firms in the UK have recently seen a refresh, just in time for Welcome Week, meaning that things are looking a little different this year.
The standout message is that all Vacation Schemes and Training Contract applications will now tend to be submitted in one window, typically opening in the Autumn until the end of the year. The good news is that the firm continue to encourage all students to apply, regardless of degree discipline – and are particularly keen to see anyone with maths skills.
So, what does this all mean for you if you’re interested in a career in corporate law? Crucially, it means that students can get real experience at the firm from their 1st year, and continue to do so every year till graduating, and after, as shown below.
1st years: Apply to specific First year undergraduate programmes
This involves a work experience programme and continuous support network, which is only on offer for 1st year undergraduates.
Penultimate or final year of study/Graduates (complete studies before July 2017)
Starting to look at law as a potential career: Apply for an open day
Opportunity to visit the firm’s central London offices, meet lawyers and trainees and get a feel for the realities of working at A&O.
Considering applying for a Training Contract: Apply for Vacation Schemes (taking place in Winter, Spring or Summer)
Gain real experience of assisting the teams, with the schemes taking place across the year and for varying lengths.
Definitely want a Training Contract: Apply for a Training Contract
Training contracts start in March/September 2018 or March/September 2019.
Second year in a 4 year course: Apply to Open Days
Offers for Training Contracts tend to be made at the end of the Vacation Scheme, or, if applying directly for a training contract, after the interview day.
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