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Approachability. Straight-talking. Thinking around corners. Performing as a team. The ambition and support to tackle the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. This is what makes Hogan Lovells a top global law firm, both for our many prestigious clients and for our team of more than 2,500 lawyers, in over 45 offices across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

 

Types of Work

 

A fast-changing and inter-connected world calls for a combination of fresh thinking and proven experience. That’s what we provide – underpinned by a commitment to high quality training and development. Our global diversity and wide range of practice areas gives us a strong reputation for corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property.

 

Training Programme

 

Our recruitment and training philosophy is very simple: our continued success as a firm depends on the success of our people.

 

So we require every prospective trainee solicitor to undertake the accelerated LPC at BPP University London, which will prepare you for practice in the City.

 

Our two-year training contract is split into four six-month periods of work experience known as ‘seats’. As a trainee solicitor, you will move around four different practice areas during this time to gain as much experience as possible: two of your seats will be in our corporate and finance groups, and another in one of our litigation teams. You will also have the option of spending time in the second year of training on secondment to one of our international offices or to the in-house legal team of a major client.

 

As a trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells, you will be offered work that sharpens your mind. You will take on as much responsibility as you can handle relating to client work, as well as a comprehensive legal skills training programme, regular reviews and appraisals. After qualification, continuous training and development will remain a priority – in fact, you will deepen your professional and business expertise throughout your career. By making the best of your expertise, we can enhance the quality of advice we provide to clients, develop our reputation, and most importantly help you build your career.

 

We are now recruiting for February and August 2018 intakes.

 

Training contract application deadlines:

31 March 2016 (final year non-law students and non-law graduates)

31 July 2016 (law students)

 

Vacation Schemes and Open Days

 

We offer up to 70 places over two highly regarded summer vacation schemes and one winter vacation scheme. If you join us, you will be working alongside partners, associates and trainees for up to three weeks in key practice areas such as corporate, finance and litigation. You will experience the role of a trainee first-hand through drafting documents, attending meetings, doing legal research and where possible, attending court. Your hands-on learning will be complemented with tailored workshops, discussions and social events – giving you the chance to experience the best of all worlds.

 

Vacation scheme students are paid £325 per week. The closing date for applications for our 2015 winter vacation scheme is 6 November 2015 and for our 2016 summer vacation schemes is 15 January 2016. Winter vacation scheme places are open to non-law final year students and graduates and the summer schemes to penultimate year law students.

 

We also hold one and two-week spring vacation schemes in April for first and penultimate year law students and three open days for first year law students in March, April and July each year. Information including the dates and application deadlines for these events can be found on our website.

 

Who We're Looking For

 

Although we are one of the largest global legal practices, we work in small, hard-working teams where everybody is committed to our collective success. So we hire people with an international outlook: those who can naturally adapt to new surroundings, respond to cultural nuances and tackle the unpredictable with confidence.

 

As a consequence of the high profile, demanding work we do, academic excellence is important. We expect you to show a track record of attainment with excellent academic results from GCSE (or equivalent) onwards. You should be aiming to achieve, or have achieved, at least a good 2:1 (or equivalent) consistently, throughout your studies and as your final degree classification.

 

Personal qualities are just as important. You need to be happy collaborating with a team yet capable of, and used to, independent action. You will need to demonstrate an ability and desire for lateral thinking, be capable of close attention to detail, and have the energy, resilience and ambition to succeed in a top global law firm.

 

Salary

 

From May 2015, the starting salary for trainee solicitors is £41,000 per annum, rising to £46,000 in the second year. The current salary upon qualification is £70,000.

 

Work Areas

 

Arbitration, ADR, Asset Finance, Banking, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Company & Commercial, Computer & IT, Construction, Corporate Finance, Corporate Tax, EC & Competition, Employment, Energy, Environment, Government Regulatory, Insolvency, Insurance/Reinsurance, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sports & Leisure and Telecommunications.

 

Number of trainees: 120

Number of partners: 870

Number of employees: 5,000

 

Hogan Lovells is a top global law firm, with around 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Our unique balance of ambition and approachability not only attracts prestigious clients but creates a working culture where your own ambition as a trainee solicitor is supported to ensure your success.

 

Our global diversity and wide range of practice areas gives us a strong reputation for corporate, finance, dispute resolution, government regulatory and intellectual property.

 

We have an intake of up to 60 trainee solicitors each year, composed of law and non-law graduates. Our two-year training contract is split into four six-month periods of work experience known as ‘seats’. As a trainee solicitor, you will move around four different practice areas during this time to gain as much experience as possible: one of your seats will be in either our corporate or finance group, and another in one of our litigation teams. You will also have the option of spending time in the second year of training on secondment to one of our international offices or to the in-house legal team of a major client.

 

We offer up to 70 places over two highly regarded summer and one winter vacation scheme. You will be working alongside partners, associates and trainees for up to three weeks in key practice areas such as corporate, finance and litigation. You will experience the role of a trainee first-hand through drafting documents, attending meetings, doing legal research and where possible, attending court. Your hands-on learning will be complemented with tailored workshops, discussions and social events – giving you the chance to experience the best of all worlds.

 

We also hold a one-week spring vacation scheme in April and two open days tailored for first year law students in March and July each year.

 

Detailed information including the dates and application deadlines for all of these programmes can be found on our website at www.hoganlovells.com/graduates