Traineeships - Various

Reference
VAC-10430
Contract Type
Traineeship
Practice Area
Other
Location
London / Bristol
Salary
Competitive
Expiry Date
18/10/2017
Scratch the surface of Simmons & Simmons and you’ll discover a leading law firm of over 1,600 colleagues, offering expert legal advice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Job Description

We operate across four key sectors and through a range of services to help clients navigate all kinds of legal challenges, from buying and selling national chain stores to patenting the latest technology. We work in the areas that matter the most to everyone’s future, from Life Sciences to Technology, Media and Telecommunications. So whatever you do, wherever you go, you’ll see developments we’ve been involved in. All you need to do is look, and you’ll uncover the world of law.

Trainee profile/who we are looking for

We’re looking for perceptive, ambitious future lawyers. You see the finer detail - the intricate legal framework that powers and shapes our everyday - and you’ve got the drive to be part of it. We are looking for students who are on course for at least a 2:1 in any degree subject. That said, academic performance isn’t everything: that’s why we look for raw talent and potential throughout our assessment process.

Training environment/About the trainee programme

Our training contracts are offered in both London and Bristol, and either way, you’ll spend two years discovering the innovation we’re known for. As well as moving through four six-month seats across our sectors, you’ll also benefit from the Compass programme; our unique and progressive trainee skills academy that offers a combination of practical learning, mentoring and online tools. Our teams will teach you everything they know about the world of law, and you’ll find your niche in the process, qualifying into your choice of practice area.

Vacation placements

Get right to the heart of life as a trainee lawyer on our vacation schemes. Over one or two weeks in either Bristol or London, you’ll experience the work, the reach and the day-to-day buzz of our international firm. In short, it’s the chance for us to get to know each other on a deeper level. That’s why it’s also the best route to a training contract with us, with many vacation schemers returning as trainees.

Winter vacation scheme (London): A one-week scheme aimed specifically at final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 01 October 2017.

Spring insight scheme (London): A two-day workshop for first year students of all disciplines, as well as penultimate year non-law students. Applications open 15 January 2018.

Summer vacation scheme (London): A two-week scheme open to penultimate and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2017.

Summer vacation scheme (Bristol): A one-week scheme open to penultimate year law students and final year students and graduates of all disciplines. Applications open 15 October 2017.

A series of open days are also available in London and Bristol to all students and graduates, running throughout the year.

Sponsorship

We will cover your full tuition fees for law school and offer a maintenance grant of £7,000 for the GDL and £7,500 for the LPC.

Facts and figures

Training contracts starting: September 2020/ March 2021 (London), September 2020 (Bristol)

Training contract places: 30 (London), 3 (Bristol) – 30+

Vacation scheme places: 75 (Spring - 20, Summer - 37 (16, 16, 5), Winter - 18)

Vacation scheme payment: £360 per week (London), £310 per week (Bristol), £144 for 2 days (Spring)

Total staff: 1,600+

Partners: 250 +

Legal staff: 880

Trainees: 80

Offices: 21

Application process: online application form, online judgement test, verbal and logical reasoning tests, video interview and an assessment centre.

Application deadlines: Please note that we fill our roles on a first come first served basis. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Salary: London:  £42,000 (year 1), £47,000 (year 2), £71,000 (on qualification/ NQ); Bristol: £37,000 (year 1), £38,000 (year 2), £50,000 (on qualification, NQ).

Eligibility and Application Dates:

Scheme/Event

Dates

Who can apply

Applications open

Applications close

Training Contract (London)

September 2020

March 2021

Penultimate year law students, all final year students and graduates

01 December 2017

15 January 2018

Training Contract (Bristol)

September 2020

Penultimate year law students, all final year students and graduates

01 December 2017

15 January 2018

Winter Vacation Scheme (London)

14-20 December 2017

Final year students and graduates

01 October 2017

01 November 2017

Spring Insight Scheme (London)

10-11 April 2018

First year law and non-law students and penultimate year non-law students

15 January 2018

15 February 2018

Summer Vacation Schemes (London)

25 June - 06 July 2018

09 - 20 July 2018

Penultimate year law and non-law students, final year students and graduates

15 October 2017

15 January 2018

Summer Vacation Scheme (Bristol)

18 - 22 June 2018

Penultimate year law students, final year students and graduates

15 October 2017

15 January 2018

Open Days (London)

04 October 2017

18 October 2017

21 March 2018

27 June 2018

Open to anyone of undergraduate level and above

01 September 2017

Varies

Open Days (Bristol)

30 October 2017

29 November 2017

 

Open to anyone of undergraduate level and above

01 September 2017

Varies

Offices:

Amsterdam, Beijing, Bristol, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jeddah*, Lisbon*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Riyadh*, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo

*Associated offices

Social media:

Facebook: #SimmonsGraduates

Twitter: @SimmonsGrads

LinkedIn: Simmons & Simmons Graduates

YouTube: SimmonsGraduates

 

Benefits:

gym membership/subsidy, life assurance, pension scheme with company contributions, private healthcare, season ticket loan, subsidised restaurant