Your career

Great change for you

It takes determination, energy and talent to make it to the top of the legal profession. Rest assured, our first-rate training, and many, many opportunities to make an impact, will help you to get there. Whatever you want from your career, Linklaters is the best place to start. And to give you an idea of what that might look like, here's a typical career path.

Your development with Linklaters can start even before you graduate. We offer a wide range of programmes for students at every stage of higher education.

First year (Law students)

Pathfinder

A two-day insight programme into a career in commercial law at Linklaters.

Apply from January to February 2018.

> Apply for Pathfinder

 

Penultimate year (All degree students)

Summer Vacation Scheme (four weeks)

Sign up for a genuine, first-hand experience of life as a Linklaters trainee.

Apply from September 2017 to January 2018.

> Apply for our Vacation Schemes

Winter and Spring Vacation Schemes (two weeks)

Sign up for a genuine, first-hand experience of life as a Linklaters trainee.

Apply from September 2017 to January 2018.

> Apply for our Vacation Schemes

 

Final year / Graduate (All degree students)

Summer Vacation Scheme (four weeks)

 Sign up for a genuine, first-hand experience of life as a Linklaters Trainee.

Apply from September 2017 to January 2018.

> Apply for our Vaction Schemes

Winter and Spring Vacation Schemes (two weeks)

Sign up for a genuine, first-hand experience of life as a Linklaters Trainee.

Apply from September 2017 to January 2018.

> Apply for our Vaction Schemes

 

After university (All degree students)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - for holders of non-law degrees (one year)

A course taken at any branch of the University of Law. We'll pay your course fees and provide a maintenance grant.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) and MSc (6.5 months)

A bespoke course for law graduates and non-law graduates who have completed the GDL. It's taken at the Moorgate branch of the University of Law and includes an MSc in Law, Business and Management.

Gateway Programme (one day)

A unique programme run three weeks into the LPC, in conjunction with Cass Business School, in which students get together for an introduction to the commercial skills you need as a Linklaters trainee.

 

Training Contract

Years 1-2

London and global orientation programmes (part of a three-week induction)

You’ll learn about commercial awareness, global legal systems, research, drafting and our approach to diversity. You’ll also meet other trainees from our global network.

Supervision and training (two years)

You’ll take four six-month seats (placements) in different practice areas. In each, you'll be assigned a Principal, who acts as a mentor and provides training and supervision.

Secondments

The majority of our trainees take at least one secondment in an international office or a client organisation.

 

Associate

Years 2-6

After qualifying, this is where you'll start your career in one of our practice areas. Most people are offered their first choice and, because we have strong teams across the board, you can confidently choose the practice area that excites you. You'll have access to The Practice Diploma Programme, including a range of global courses to help you build your skills.


Managing Associate (MA)

Year 6+

The next step is promotion to Managing Associate (MA). This assumes you have demonstrated significant technical expertise, leadership qualities and the ability to operate at a senior level. As an MA you’ll be more engaged in the business: solving the most difficult legal issues, nurturing client relationships, leading teams and accounting for financial performance. And you'll be a future leader of our firm.

You'll also join our Leaders of the Future training programme, part of the Linklaters Law & Business School, in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Formal training includes workshops such as fee negotiation and feedback skills.


Counsel and partner

The Counsel role is designed to recognise the above-and-beyond capabilities of senior lawyers and the additional leadership responsibilities that they assume. It can also be a promotional step.

Once they've proven themselves with clients and colleagues, the very best Managing Associates may be considered for election to the partnership. Combining serious experience with a track record of strong performance, Partners are leaders and world-class experts in their fields.


Beyond the path

Development isn't all about job titles. You'll pick up invaluable skills on high-profile projects, working with brilliant colleagues. And our size and success means we can offer an unrivalled choice as you develop. Stay flexible, and you can take up secondments abroad, or with clients. Then as our business evolves, you'll also have the chance to explore new practice areas, some of which didn't even exist five years ago. Your ongoing training, meanwhile, will be covered by the Linklaters Law & Business School.


Ongoing training

Ongoing training is vital to becoming a successful commercial lawyer. It's why at Linklaters, you can look forward to continuous training and development throughout your career, via on-the-job learning and the Linklaters Law & Business School. The School was developed in partnership with some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge. In one holistic syllabus, we’ve combined business skills and technical knowledge, for the rounded expertise you need. And as well as milestone programmes from Trainee to Partner level, much of our training is international.


Launching leaders

Wherever our people succeed, everyone wins. So we’re proud to count former colleagues among our clients, and to find them in leadership roles in industry and government.