We understand that you may have questions and these are the ones we get asked most often. If you can't find the answer you are looking for then please get in touch. You can find the graduate recruitment team's details on the contacts page.
Yes, we recruit directly from our vacation schemes.
We will be screening on a rolling basis, however, each application has a fixed deadline. Please note that our application form has been designed to assess your research and analysis skills, among others, and it gives you the opportunity to really show off your knowledge and abilities. The form will get you thinking about, and using, the skills you will need as a trainee, and we would highly recommend that you start your application in good time to avoid disappointment.
Yes. We aim to ensure our intake is as diverse as possible.
No. Our spring vacation scheme is for graduates and career changers only. You can apply for a summer vacation scheme instead.
The first stage of the process is an application form, which is completed online. If successful at this stage, you will then be asked to complete a situational strengths test (SST), again online. If you meet the standard on the SST, then you will be invited in for a case study exercise and strengths-based interview at our offices. However, due to Covid-19, this is subject to change.
We hope that by next year we will be able to welcome you to the firm in person. However, that is dependent on the circumstances at the time. It may be that the scheme is a mix of face-to-face and virtual sessions, or it may be entirely virtual. Either way, you will still have the opportunity to work within a practice area, network with a range of people across the business, and experience the culture of the firm.
Yes, if we you receive your training contract offer prior to completing the GDL/ LPC, we will sponsor your course(s) through BPP Law School. We have a sole provider agreement with BPP and all future trainees are expected to attend BPP in Holborn. The idea behind this is so that we can start to build relationships with our future trainees before they join and that all trainees receive the same training.
We ask students to complete the Private Acquisitions elective, along with a choice of two from Equity Finance, Debt Finance and Advanced Commercial Litigation.
We will pay your course fees for both the GDL and LPC plus a maintenance grant of £6000 while studying for the GDL and £7000 to assist during the LPC.
Scottish students study a four year LLB degree course and are required to undertake the CPE/PgDL. Students at the following universities are able to gain at least four exemptions from modules on the CPE/PgDL: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Napier (Edinburgh), Glasgow and Strathclyde. Scottish law students should apply for the summer vacation scheme in the January of their penultimate degree year.
If you did not obtain a 2:1 or a First (or the equivalent), we would expect to see exceptional academic ability demonstrated elsewhere. We do take into account mitigating circumstances.
You might feel an LLM would improve your chances if, for example, you did not achieve a 2:1 in your degree (or the equivalent); it certainly does show added commitment. However, we suggest you should only study for an LLM if you have a genuine interest in doing so. It is not a factor which we would usually take into account for selection purposes.
You are able to select which departments you want to sit in throughout your training contract, provided there is sufficient availability and that you satisfy Law Society requirements by gaining both contentious and non-contentious experience.
Yes, we currently run trainee secondments to Athens, Dubai, Paris and Singapore. We also offer a wide range of client secondments. We review secondments on an annual basis.
We only recruit a small number of trainees a year. This is because we are not only committed to giving you the best possible training, but also to retaining our trainees upon qualification.
One of our summer students recently observed, "Reed Smith’s sociable ethos was carried over after working hours. It was good to see that people didn’t spend their whole lives at their desk, and the evenings out were always well attended." There are various sports teams, including softball, football and cricket – spectators are always welcome. The firm also often arranges socials; including all members of staff. Impromptu drinks are often suggested after work.
Yes, and you can access our graduate recruitment brochure on our website.
Yes, we are happy for candidates to reapply in the next recruitment year.
We ask candidates to wait at least 12 months before reapplying.
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