Student, trainee or junior lawyer

Join us as a student, trainee or junior lawyer at Linklaters and you will be exposed to complex global transactions.

You will be supported by pioneering development and training, work with some of the most experienced and talented lawyers in our industry, and experience an inclusive culture that encourages you to fulfil your potential.

We help the world’s top companies and financial institutions achieve their objectives by providing consistently sound legal advice. For our business, that means being wherever our clients need us to be. For you, it means global experience and constant global interaction. Whichever practice area or office you join, you can be sure that you will be involved in high-profile, challenging, multi-jurisdictional work.

We have opportunities for trainees and junior lawyers around the world. For the globally minded, academically gifted and commercially astute, there is no limit to where your ambition can take you.

Working at Linklaters

As a lawyer at Linklaters, you will discover a culture where people strive for excellence, value teamwork and encourage imagination.

You will work alongside colleagues from across the world who are determined to deliver results and solutions with commercial judgement and integrity. It is our collective desire to make Linklaters the leading premium global law firm. These are the values we live by. And these are the values that will guide your career.

Working as a lawyer at Linklaters will expose you to groundbreaking, complex, challenging global transactions. But life here is not just about billable hours. We don’t pretend that you won’t have to work extremely hard. However, complete your work to a high standard, within deadlines, and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a good work-life balance.

Often, the entrepreneurial nature of our work means you will find yourself creating a path through unexplored territory. Our ‘open door’ culture encourages you to share these challenges, helping to create an inclusive culture that embraces consultation and delivers results - even in the most unfamiliar of times. At Linklaters, you will find some of the most talented individuals practising law. But you won’t find unnecessary hierarchies when you need to ask advice – we all work as a team.

It is easy to see why our culture is one of our strongest competitive assets. It provides the confidence and common purpose we need to deliver outstanding client service, and the platform for you to achieve your aspirations.

Training and Development

World-class training and development for lawyers at Linklaters will help us achieve our vision of becoming the premium global law firm. This is why we created the Linklaters Law & Business School.

World-class development and training for lawyers at Linklaters will help us achieve our vision of becoming the premium global law firm. This is why we created the Linklaters Law & Business School.

The Linklaters Law & Business School is a framework for career-long learning and development, giving you the mix of expertise you need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Wherever you work, we guarantee that at every stage of your career, you will receive the same high-quality learning experience as your colleagues.

Our integrated learning structure has currency and credibility on a global stage, inside and beyond Linklaters. Our all-encompassing approach to learning and development enables us to unite our goals as a business with your own. With milestone programmes for every stage of your career, whether you join us as an associate, managing associate or partner, you will find the learning experience invaluable.

Junior lawyers

Our junior lawyers and trainees start their career at Linklaters on the New Lawyer Global Orientation Programme, which offers quality entry-level training, as well as valuable international networking opportunities.

Practice Diploma Programme

This programme is designed for your first four years as an associate to equip you with the knowledge needed to thrive in a changing global economy. It comprises three core areas:

  • Global Technical Core Skills: The first step in this pathway is a foundation course. This series of modules covers global technical legal training while introducing you to your practice area.
  • Global Associate Core Skills (GACS): This programme consists of two parts. GACS 1 is a two-day programme, focusing on self-awareness, self management and effective communication. GACS 2 is held over three days, and the emphasis is on client and internal interactions, matter management and developing others. These topics are all covered within the overarching theme of delivering exceptional client service. A variety of learning formats are employed on both programmes, including input from internal experts, group discussion, case studies and role plays with professional actors. Elective programmes are also offered in different skills areas, including presentation skills, delegation skills and influencing skills.
  • Further technical and other skills: This programme contains further global and local technical training relevant to your office, jurisdiction and practice.
Managing Associate Diploma Programme

The Managing Associate Diploma Programme is a structured training programme focusing on enhancing your client, business and commercial skills. Many of the legal aspects of the programme will be based around your contribution to our expertise as a global law firm. All Managing Associates will attend a two day development centre which aims to further enhance performance in their current role and support individuals as they start to think about their future career progression. In addition, elective programmes are offered to support individual development needs in areas such as business development, negotiation skills and performance coaching.

The Linklaters Leadership Programme

Over the last four years, almost 300 of our partners have attended the Linklaters Leadership Programme – a five-day course run by professors from Harvard Business School. The programme analyses case studies covering a range of topics from strategy to crisis management. Each is designed to help you understand what it takes to be a leader at Linklaters – and equip you with the skills to become one.