Law firms aren’t just after law graduates. They look for a broad range of skills when taking on trainees. Whatever you're studying at university, there are excellent opportunities to get into the law sector.
Both Law and non-Law graduates will be required to pass both stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) to fully qualify as a Solicitor. Although this is an extra qualification on top of your undergraduate degree, it's just as important if you want to be hired by the big law firms. There's even possibilities to be sponsored by firms while you work your way into the legal profession.
We’ve put together a list of some of the law firms who are looking to take trainees from a wide range of subject areas.
Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.
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Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal firm. Their global footprint means that we have outstanding professionals and ambitious clients across the globe. For you, this means opportunity and mobility on a grand scale. Join them and it’s almost certain that you will work overseas within your first two years. You will experience exciting global deals right from the start, and you will be able to draw on the insight and local knowledge of thousands of experienced colleagues worldwide.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May is regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. They advise on high-profile and ground-breaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list that includes leading corporations, financial institutions and governments. They are renowned for their commitment to excellence and for their ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex of legal problems. Slaughter and May’s reputation is confirmed by their rankings in the legal directories and by their pre-eminent position in numerous league tables.
Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, standing at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow. Acting as legal advisors to well-known clients in progressive and cutting-edge sectors, they’re a firm for the ground breakers, the smart thinkers and the trail blazers. Their focus on the industries of tomorrow - technology, media and communications, life sciences, private wealth and energy - means that alongside law students, they also recruit a wide range of students who have studied non-law degrees.
Travers Smith have spent the past 150 years quietly building a reputation for excellence. The key to their reputation is an uncompromising focus and iron grip on quality control. This, when allied to one of the highest retention rates in the City, means Travers Smith are able to present clients with consistent teams of uniformly excellent lawyers. They have placed great emphasis on creating an environment where people enjoy working, whether as a lawyer or one of our support team. The firm are looking for bold modern thinkers who are looking to be challenged from the start, stretched by top quality work for blue chip clients and inspired by the leading lawyers in their fields.
White & Case
White & Case is a prestigious global law firm with over 2,200 lawyers worldwide. Their network of 39 offices provides a full range of legal services of the highest quality in almost every major commercial centre and emerging market. The firm’s clients are predominantly multinational and include companies and financial institutions; additionally, they also act for governments and state-owned entities. White & Case is looking to recruit ambitious trainees who have a desire to gain hands-on practical experience from day one. They should have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a high 2:1.
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