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You can find out all you need to know about our application process here, as well as a full list of our current and future vacancies. Our 2020/21 UK brochure can also be downloaded here.
Australasian Training Contract 2024 (penultimate-year law students at Australasian universities)Apply
Spring or Autumn 2024
22nd March 2021
22nd April 2021
African Clerkship (recent law graduates, students who are currently at Law school or students in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree at South African, Nigerian, Ghanaian or Kenyan universities)Apply
November - December 2021
29th March 2021
31st May 2021
Indian Internship (Indian undergraduate students graduating in 2023 from Indian Law Schools)Apply
November - December 2021
29th March 2021
14th June 2021
Making Links Scholars (for UK undergraduate students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds)
12th April 2021
1st June 2021
Get Ahead (for UK penultimate year students, final year students or graduates from Black and other underrepresented minority ethnic backgrounds)
August - November 2021
1st June 2021
28th June 2021
How to apply
Getting to know each other
We understand that applying may feel daunting and time-consuming but we'll do everything we can to make it an enjoyable experience. Selection is mutual. It allows us to find out more about you. But it's also an opportunity for you to decide whether we’re right for you. So, ask questions, allow time to think and do your research.
Remember too, that you don't need to decide where to apply right away. Talk to us, find out more about what we do and what we can do for you. On our events page, you'll find a calendar of our upcoming law fairs, presentations and workshops. Ask us anything, and we promise to give you a straight answer. You might also find it useful to complete our free virtual internship to gain an insight into our work: www.theforage.com/linklaters.
So, what are we looking for? Mindset matters. We exist to help our clients’ businesses succeed, no matter what. In a climate of great change – commercial, political and economic – that means evolving and adapting at pace to stay ahead. So, we’re looking for candidates with an agile mindset, and the ability to match. Motivated and resilient but also capable and collaborative. Consider that when completing the online assessment, taking a test or meeting us face to face.
Here is our agile mindset framework:
First things first
We’re looking for people with a strong intellect and so if you're applying to one our schemes you'll need an academic track record to demonstrate this. You'll be on track for at least a 2:1 degree, in any discipline.
1. Apply online
Talking of change, we have launched a new online assessment last year which focuses on making the most of your time.
Candidates must complete the short online form (30 minutes) and the Capp Online assessment by the application deadline. Candidates will have a 5-day deadline, from the date of their application, to complete the Watson Glaser online test. We strongly advise that you complete a practice test for the Watson Glaser. No preparation is required for the Capp Online assessment.
As part of our online assessment, you'll fill in your basic information, academic record and contextual data which will take just 30 minutes.
Then, you’ll be invited to take the assessment which is based on our agile mindset framework. This part of the process is not timed, and the six modules, covering scenarios such as global transactions and critical thinking, should take you between 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
The assessment is designed to help us find out more about you and your skillset. It will also show you what life is like as a Linklaters Trainee and give you a realistic job preview. Relax, and use this as an opportunity to get to know us better.
Once complete, you’ll receive a personalised feedback report detailing your key skills and any areas for development.
2. The critical thinking test (Watson Glaser)
We’ll ask you to take this test once you have submitted your application form, so you can show off your critical and logical thinking. You'll get a guide as to what to expect and how to prepare for the test once you've applied. It's important to take the time to review and to practise the test beforehand.
Watch this video to find out what to expect and how to prepare. We have also included some sample questions below.
We strongly encourage you to try practice tests before you start.
Your university careers service should be able to point you in the right direction or you can find an example test on the Pearson website here.
An evaluation of a company’s success in financial terms is often referred to as the ‘bottom line’; a reference to the last line of a company’s accounts showing their profit. The ‘triple bottom’ includes environmental and social factors, along with economic – sometimes referred to as ‘people, planet, profit’.
The ‘people’ element refers to the fair treatment of everyone the company impacts on, not just immediate employees. ‘Planet’ refers to environmental impact with companies considering sustainability and seeking to neutralise their environmental impact. Some companies have voluntarily adopted the triple bottom line, though many are now required to use a ‘double bottom line’ due to legislation requiring assessment of environmental impact.
Companies are free to choose whether they adopt double bottom line accounting. (True/False/Insufficient data)
False - The correct answer is 'False', as the scenario states that "many are now required to use a ‘double bottom line’ due to legislation", meaning that double bottom line accounting is a legal requirement for some companies.
The need to have a positive social and environmental impact can adversely affect financial success. (True/False/Insufficient data)
Insufficient data - The answer is 'Insufficient data', as no information is given in the scenario about how considering the social and environmental impact may affect financial success either positively or negatively.
According to triple bottom line accounting, a successful company would be financially, environmentally and socially successful. (True/False/Insufficient data)
True - The answer is 'True', as the scenario states that a company’s success has been evaluated in financial terms, but that the use of triple bottom line adds an evaluation of environmental and social factors to this. Using triple bottom line accounting, the success of a company would therefore be evaluated in relation to their financial, environmental and social performance.
Health care professionals who collaborate with each other provide better care to their patients.
Health care professionals who work in isolation do not have the best interest of patients in mind. (Yes/No)
No - Although this is a possibility, there is nothing in the statement to conclude about health care professionals who do not collaborate with each other. Thus, this assumption is not made in the statement and the answer is 'No'.
A health care professional may not possess all the required expertise to treat some patients. (Yes/No)
Yes - It is necessarily assumed that a health care professional may not possess all the required expertise to treat some patients. Thus, this assumption is made in the statement and the answer is 'Yes'.
Health care professionals who collaborate with each other have the primary goal of improving their patient’s health. (Yes/No)
No - There is nothing in the statement to conclude that health care professional do not collaborate for other reasons, such as for research studies. Thus, this assumption is not made in the statement and the answer is 'No'.
A proportion of the induction presentations at Company X include health and safety guidelines. Employees that attended a presentation containing health and safety guidelines had fewer accidents at work than the average employee in the company.
All those that attend an induction had fewer accidents than the average employee at the company. (Yes/No)
No - The answer is 'No', as the passage states that only a proportion of the induction presentations included health and safety guidelines, leaving the rest of the induction presentations without this content.
Only a proportion of the employees who attended an induction had fewer accidents than the average employee at the company. (Yes/No)
Yes - The answer is 'Yes' as only a proportion of induction presentations included health and safety guidelines, and therefore those that did not receive this content would not have had its accident reducing benefits.
Induction processes are beneficial to an organisation. (Yes/No)
No - The answer is 'No', as, in this context, induction presentations are only beneficial if they incorporate aspects of health and safety.
In Country X, nine hours after drinking a standard (75cl) bottle of red wine (in the space of one hour), 90% of adults tested in a large scientific study still had blood alcohol levels exceeding the legal level that allows them to drive in that country.
More than 90% of those who drink a standard bottle of wine (in the space of an hour) and then drive two hours later are over the legal alcohol limit to drive. (Yes/No)
Yes - The answer is 'Yes', as it is safe to assume beyond reasonable doubt that if 90% are unable to drive within the legal blood alcohol levels after 9 hours then 90% or above will also be legally unable to drive after two hours.
No adult who has drunk 75cl of red wine in the space of an hour has blood alcohol levels allowing them to drive six hours later. (Yes/No)
No - The correct answer is 'No', as there is no evidence to say that all people who have drunk a bottle of wine will have blood alcohol levels exceeding the limit after six hours.
People who have blood alcohol levels above the legal range are worse drivers than others. (Yes/No)
No -The correct answer is 'No', although this is likely to be the case, there is no information presented in the passage to support this.
A country facing a problem of population growth caused largely by people living longer, should seek to significantly reduce levels of immigration in aiming for a solution.
No; this could reduce the size of the active workforce necessary to economically support the ageing population. (Strong/Weak)
Strong - This is a 'Strong' argument put forward to challenge the proposal, identifying a key flaw in reducing the number of immigrants and subsequent effect on the economy.
Yes; it is a quick and visible action towards a solution. (Strong/Weak)
Weak - A quick and visible solution does not necessarily make it a strong one. Therefore, this is a 'Weak' argument.
No; immigrants are too easily targeted to take the blame for a country’s population problems. (Strong/Weak)
Weak - The argument lacks relation to the statement and does not put forward a strong case as to why immigration levels should be reduced, therefore it is a 'Weak' argument.
If you have any questions during the process, or want to speak to us about your personal circumstances, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The interview day
Watch our video below to find out about our interview day and what to expect.
If you’re selected for interview, you’ll also be invited to join an online chat session with our graduate recruiters and other candidates, to answer any questions you might have ahead of the day. We’ll share tips and practical guidance, so you feel well prepared.
If you'd like to contact a member of the Graduate Recruitment team about our application process, or require any reasonable adjustments, please email us at email@example.com.
Do you interview on a rolling basis?
No. We wait until the deadline has passed and all assessments have been completed before making decisions.
Do I have to complete the online tests by the deadline?
Which vacation scheme should I apply for? Can I apply for more than one scheme?
In opening up all our schemes to penultimate year students and beyond, the intention is to allow you the freedom to apply for the scheme which suits your academic timetable and career decision-making process. There is no particular advantage to applying to one scheme over another. Please note that for holders of a student visa who are limited to part-time work during term-time, you must apply for a scheme which falls during your vacation time, to avoid breaching the terms of your visa, as vacation schemes cannot be completed on a part-time basis.
Please only apply to one scheme per academic year.
Should I apply for a vacation scheme or a training contract?
How will Covid-19 affect recruitment activities?
Linklaters are closely following government advice and adhering to social distancing guidelines to ensure the safety of our people and candidates. We have therefore decided to move our on-campus Milkround activities to a virtual setting this Autumn. Please visit our Meet us page to sign up to attend one of our online sessions. We have put together a comprehensive range of interactive and informative webinars, workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions.
We therefore will not be hosting or organising any events or open days in the office this year. However, we will be launching a new and exciting competition soon which will enable you to gain an insight into Linklaters and the office.
In regards to our assessment days and vacation schemes, we are hopeful that these will be able to go ahead in person but are able to hold both virtually if required. We will keep attendees updated as and when a final decision has been confirmed
What is the SQE?
The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a new route to becoming a qualified lawyer. This will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) from September 2021 at the earliest. Trainees joining Linklaters from Spring 2023 onwards will need to undertake the SQE. This will replace the QLTS qualification route as well as the GDL and LPC.
In the future, if you want to qualify as a solicitor, you will need to, obtain a degree or equivalent qualification, pass the SQE Stage 1 (legal knowledge) and Stage 2 (Legal skills, and complete a recommended two-year programme of Qualifying Work Experience.
Will the introduction of the SQE affect me?
The SRA are introducing a new, independent centralised assessment called the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). They aim to introduce this in Autumn 2021. You’ll be required by the SRA to take the SQE if:
• You’re a non-law undergrad, and haven’t started your GDL before September 2021.
• You’re a law undergraduate starting your degree after Autumn 2021.
• The SQE will also replace the QLTS from September 2020.
If you fall outside of the above, the SRA will continue to authorise take-up of the LPC until the end of the 2032 academic year.
How will the SQE affect my application?
At this stage, we (and other firms) are waiting for the SRA to clarify the SQE assessments and timings. In order to remain competitive to clients and to train our people to be best in class, we will always offer market-leading training and support. With that in mind, we have created a set of FAQs to help you understand some of the potential changes to the qualifying as an England and Wales solicitor with Linklaters. For more information and updates on the on the SQE, please read our FAQ document and see the SRA website here.
You may be aware of the introduction of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exam (SQE) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Currently, the first prospective trainees to sit the SQE1 assessment will be in or around November 2022 which will therefore affect those joining the firm from Spring 2023 onwards. Prospective trainees should not be concerned about these changes, and can expect a fit-for-purpose programme which is favourably comparable with the current offering. We are delighted to join the City Consortium with five other prestigious City-headquartered law firms to commission this programme as part of our commitment to our people’s development.
Can you tell me more about how Linklaters is preparing for Brexit?
Our Brexit group of experts was formed in 2015 to monitor the legal and political risks of the UK leaving the EU, covering all relevant jurisdictions and areas of expertise. We have since been at the forefront of analysing and helping to shape the implications of Brexit with major UK, EU and global clients as well as working with industry associations and government on analysing the impact of Brexit in areas such as financial services regulation, financial markets, WTO law, data protection and civil justice.
Our Brexit group works as a hub, tracking negotiations and legal, regulatory and market developments. It works with and supports experts in each of our practice areas, jurisdictions and sector teams to deliver strategic advice to help clients plan for all possible outcomes. These include major financial institutions, asset managers and utilities companies as well as other businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and jurisdictions.
We have strong connections with industry associations who are working on Brexit, and with governments and regulators across Europe and beyond.
Will Brexit have an impact on trainee recruitment?
We recruit from across the world and will continue to do so. Naturally, all contracts of employment are conditional upon an individual having the right to work in the UK. If it becomes necessary for you to obtain a work visa as a result of any legislative change in the future, we would work with you and our immigration advisers to try and obtain the necessary permissions to enable you to join the firm.
Can you tell me more about the type of questions asked in the Watson Glaser test?
The questions are multiple choice and there are five categories of questions you may encounter, each testing something slightly different. So, you should expect to be tested on your ability to:
- Evaluate inferences drawn from a series of factual statements;
- Identify if an assumption can or cannot be made after reviewing a series of assertive statements;
- Deduce whether certain conclusions follow from the information given
- Weigh evidence and decide if conclusions based on the evidence are correct
- Distinguish between arguments that are strong/relevant against those that are weak/irrelevant.
How is the Watson Glaser test scored?
Will you tell me which questions I answered incorrectly?
I haven't been invited to interview. Can I have feedback on my application?
I have been for an assessment day, when will I hear the outcome and will I receive feedback?
Can I start my training contract earlier than the advertised intake?
We receive some applications from candidates who have already finished law school. However, as is general practice across most law firms, we recruit our Trainees two years in advance of the intake date. We therefore can't guarantee you a position earlier than that advertised. However, earlier start dates are sometimes available so please speak to a member of the Trainee Recruitment team once you've been made a Training Contract offer.
Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?
Yes, we do. If you're successful in securing a training contract we'll offer assistance to obtain work permits and visas. Our offer will be dependent upon us successfully obtaining a work permit for you, and you will be responsible for providing all of the information and documentation required (e.g. proof of academic and professional qualifications, a current CV and valid passport). Please note that we can't be held responsible for any restrictions imposed by the UK Border Agency, including caps on the number of certificates allocated to sponsor employers.
Can I train to be an English solicitor with a law degree from overseas?
Do you hold any open days?
We provide many opportunities for students to meet us throughout the year - including law fairs, presentations at universities across the UK and other on-campus or virtual activities. You may also be able to visit our offices for an open day arranged through your university or diversity-focused organisations. It's a good idea to keep an eye on our events calendar to see what's happening, and you can also sign up to our mailing list for event news.
Do you offer internships outside London?
Do you offer work experience?
We run several work experience schemes.
- For first-year students, we offer our Pathfinder insight scheme during the Spring vacation.
- Our Winter Vacation Scheme lasts for two weeks during December
- Our Spring Vacation scheme last for two weeks during April
- Our two Summer Vacation Schemes last for four weeks
- All our schemes are open to penultimate and final year undergraduates, graduates and career changers.
- For penultimate-year law students studying in Australia we run an Australian Clerkship at our London office, which runs for four weeks in November/December.
- For penultimate-year law students in India we run an Indian internship in our London office, which runs for four weeks in November/December.
- For international students studying penultimate-year law at South African universities, an African internship in our London office, which runs for four weeks in November/December.
Unfortunately, we can't offer work experience outside these schemes.
How many Trainees are kept on at qualification?
Our retention is consistently high and the vast majority of our Trainees take up Associate roles with us. In September 2020, we offered places on qualification to 87% of Trainees in the cohort. If you have any further queries then please drop us a line on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you use contextual information when considering A-Level results?
Linklaters, in common with many organisations, uses a contextual information tool during the application process to understand the context in which you attained your results. You will be given the opportunity to add information, including extenuating circumstances such as illness or bereavement, when you complete your application. If you have any further queries then please email us at email@example.com.
For a head start in your career, apply to our Winter, Spring or Summer Vacation Schemes. They offer a taste of life in commercial law at a global firm, and they put you in the best possible position to secure a Training Contract here. Find out more here.