London Trainee Solicitor Programme
Why Choose Sidley?
Sidley’s London office offers students the best of both worlds—the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms along with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here you will find high-quality work on par with Magic Circle firms and an energetic, meritocratic and supportive environment.
There is a world of opportunities for you to get involved and make your mark at Sidley, from trainee right through to partner. We have a reputation for working on innovative, complex transactions, which helps to make life here all the more interesting and challenging.
During Your Training
You will have many opportunities to learn and develop during your training. You will get involved in real work from day one, and will gain international experience not by constantly traveling but by working on multijurisdictional matters and with people from all around the world.
Trainees spend time in at least four of our practice groups, which include: Capital Markets; Corporate and Securities, Competition, Corporate Reorganisation and Bankruptcy, Disputes Resolution; Employment, Financial Services Regulation, Funds, Global Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, and Tax.
In each group, you will sit with a partner or a senior associate to ensure that you receive individual training, which is both effective and based on practical experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.
We take a flexible approach that is driven by your ability and willingness to contribute and develop. As a result, you can get as much as you like out of a particular seat, depending on how much you invest in it.
Salaries and Benefits
Our trainee solicitors currently receive an annual salary of £45,700 in their ﬁrst year and £49,900 in their second. Our newly qualiﬁed associate salary is £120,000.
As a trainee, you will also enjoy an exceptional range of benefits, including:
- 25 days holiday per year
- Non-contributory pension scheme
- Private medical insurance
- Life assurance
- Income protection insurance
- Free membership to in-house gym
- Season ticket loan
- Subsidised restaurant
- Free use of private clinics for GP appointments
- Employee assistance programme
GDL/LPC and Financial Assistance
We offer ﬁnancial assistance to our future trainee solicitors for the GDL (if applicable) and the fast-track LPC, and expect both courses to be studied at BPP Law School. We pay the course fees and provide an annual maintenance grant, which currently is £7,000.
Continuing Your Career with Us
When you join us, we’d like it to be for the long term. We have an excellent track record of retaining trainees on qualiﬁcation. Ideally, you will stay at Sidley once you’ve qualiﬁed and continue developing with us all the way to partnership.
How to apply
Each year we take on around 12 recruits. We’re looking for people who are bright, with outstanding academic qualifications. You’ll need to have a minimum of three A-levels (at least three A grades), and to have (or be expected to achieve) at least a 2.1 degree or equivalent (not necessarily in law).
Beyond pure academic ability, we’re looking for people who are genuinely intrigued by the commercial world. People who are sociable, who can work well with others and get on well with clients. People who have demonstrated self-discipline, the ability to persevere and use their initiative. If you can focus, analyse things and ask the right questions, you’ll be in a strong position.
Applications for the 2020 intake will open on 1 February 2018 and will close on the 20 July 2018. Please complete an application form here.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Vacation Scheme
We run a one-week winter vacation scheme and two-week vacation schemes in spring and summer each year.
Students will spend time in at least two different departments and will share an office with a qualified lawyer. You will experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer at the firm and will have the opportunity to undertake real work rather than just observing or shadowing. This practical experience will be supplemented by a programme of presentations and workshops that will ensure you get to know as much about the firm as you possibly can during the placement.
There will also be some organised social events to help you get to know our current trainees.
Students will receive £350 per week.
Application and selection
Applications for the 2017/18 vacation schemes are closed. Applications for the 2018/2019 vacation schemes open on 1 October 2018. If you have any questions, please emai email@example.com.
Sidley Austin LLP are offering first year law and non-law students the opportunity to attend an Open Day. Open Days will be held in March and June.
We hope the day will give you a real insight into life at Sidley and help you decide whether this is the firm at which you would like to train.
During the Open Day you will be given the chance to speak informally to Trainees, Associates and Partners. Our Graduate Recruitment team will also be available to offer advice on applying for training contracts.
You will be given an overview of the firm and its practice areas and shown around the office so that you get a feel for our environment and culture.
We are looking for candidates with excellent academics and who are expected to achieved a 2:1 or first class honours degree.
To apply for one of our Open Days, please write a statement detailing your academic results from GCSE (or equivalent) onwards. The statement should also cover what appeals to you about a career in a City law firm and detail a current commercial issue that has interested you. You should aim to keep your statement to one page of A4.
Please email your application to Nicole Katz, Graduate Recruitment Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 20 March
Deadline: Friday 23 February
Monday 4 June
Deadline: Friday 11 May
U.S. Summer Associate Program in London
We are pleased to announce that we will be recruiting this August for our Summer Associate Program in Sidley’s London office. Openings are available for a select number of eligible students who have completed their second year of law school and are interested in private equity. The 10-week program provides an exciting opportunity to gain insight into our thriving London office and to work closely with our team of extraordinary lawyers on a variety of complex transactional matters, including leveraged buyouts, distressed investments, debt and equity restructurings, growth equity investments, joint ventures, fund formations and management incentive plans.
Outlining Your Success
We have a reputation for representing sophisticated clients on innovative, challenging transactions, which makes life here at Sidley both engaging and incredibly rewarding. Our summer associate program is structured to provide law students with the opportunity to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in some of the most interesting private equity deals in Europe. While at Sidley, you will be surrounded by dynamic, driven individuals who not only are recognized leaders in their respective fields, but are also passionate about associate mentorship and training.
About the Firm
Sidley is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm is well regarded as an exceptional adviser to global businesses, with more than 1,900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to superior client service and to offering creative, commercial advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.
We are dedicated to offering an inclusive and welcoming culture, and to increasing the diversity of the legal profession as a whole. Our mission is to continually attract, retain and promote outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve.
Our London Office
The London office is Sidley’s largest in Europe, where we also have offices in Brussels, Geneva and Munich. Our lawyers work on domestic and cross-border matters in many European jurisdictions, and have led myriad high-profile transactions across our multidisciplinary practice areas.
Sidley has one of the preeminent private equity practices in Europe and will offer students the best of both worlds in London—the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms in the world with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here, you will be able to develop the skills required to become an entrepreneurial, well-rounded lawyer in an energetic and collegial environment.
Our office is located at Woolgate Exchange in the heart of the City, with views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and close to all that the area has to offer—fantastic restaurants and bars, the Barbican arts complex, shopping and sporting facilities.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2019 Summer Associate Program are now being accepted. Please note this program is solely for the Private Equity practice in London. If this is of interest please send your materials to Nicole Katz at email@example.com.
How many trainees do you typically take on?
We are looking to recruit 12 trainees per intake.
Do you have more than one intake per year?
No, at present we have one intake starting in August.
I do not meet the minimum academic criteria, can I still apply?
Our minimum criteria is AAA at A Level and a 2:1 degree in any discipline. Applications are not screened automatically and mitigating circumstances are sometimes taken into account. However, we receive many strong applications and it is highly unlikely that candidates who do not meet the minimum criteria will be successful.
Are there any other academic requirements?
We expect candidates to pass the GDL (if applicable) and LPC at first attempt.
I have applied before, can I apply again?
If you feel that there is a considerable difference in your application please feel free to reapply.
Do you recruit on a rolling basis?
Applications for vacation schemes are assessed on a rolling basis. Training Contract applications will be assessed after the deadline.
I am a mature/international student, can I still apply?
Yes, as long as your academic grades meet the equivalent of AAA at A Level and a 2:1 degree.
I am qualified in another jurisdiction, should I apply for a training contract?
No, as a qualified lawyer please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be considered for an associate position with a view to completing the QLTS.
Do you have a preferred law school?
Yes, we ask all future trainees to complete their GDL and/or LPC at BPP. However, it will not hinder your application if you have already completed your GDL and/or LPC at another institution.
Do you offer financial support through law school?
Yes, the firm will pay your GDL fees and Fast Track LPC fees plus a £7,000 maintenance grant for each academic year paid in instalments.