Germany

From offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, Latham & Watkins offers exciting careers to extraordinary people.

 
The Advantages of Latham & Watkins

Latham attracts and retains highly qualified and motivated people by creating an atmosphere in which associates feel appreciated for their talents and challenged to grow to their full potential.

According to Dr. Jörg Kirchner, a partner in Latham’s Munich office, “Latham is unique in the swift and sophisticated manner with which it promotes its associates. For instance, client contact comes quickly in the career of our junior colleagues, encouraging and empowering them to play key roles on their teams. In addition, associates early on are incorporated into the firm’s management structures, to acquaint them with the business-side of our profession. At Latham, we recognize that every associate has a significant contribution to make to our collective future.”

 

Look for Us – We Are Looking for You

Latham participates in university job fairs, interview programs, information sessions, presentations, receptions and the like. We also conduct international road shows as well as sponsor in-house events, including workshops and lectures. All of these events are to everybody interested in meeting with our lawyers or learning what daily life is like as a part of the Latham team.

You May Also Contact Us Directly

If you are unable to attend any of these events and would like to pursue a career opportunity with Latham, please send us a cover letter, a CV/resume, and your transcripts and certificates to the practice office in which you are interested.

For Germany, you may contact our Hiring Partners:

 

Please note that all of our German offices are continually recruiting new lawyers and lateral associates in response to steadily increasing client demands.

Think of Your Career – We Do

Latham offers a carefully designed professional development program that is targeted to an associate’s stage in their career, skill sets and interests.

Participation in Firm Management

To support a collegial relationship between Latham & Watkins’ partners and associates, associates participate in firm-wide committees that make decisions that determine the firm’s future. In addition, a dedicated Associates Committee ensures that each associate received individualized career counseling by their senior counterparts. Such measures strengthen the link between the firm’s success and their own.

Learn more about associate participation in firm management at Latham.

Defined and Transparent Career Paths

Latham employs comprehensive in-person feedback and ongoing career guidance, in combination with formal, biannual one-on-one evaluations, so that associates always know where they stand and that they are given the tools to succeed at the firm.

Learn more about feedback and career guidance at Latham.

Learning Never Stops

Because Latham is a global law firm, we have designed a training curriculum with both an international component (e.g., our multi-day academies for associates all over the world and in various places in the United States) and a national component for every career stage, which is in addition to on-the-job training and our Training and Career Enhancement (TACE) program. Each new associate is also assigned a personal mentor to help successfully guide their first steps.

Learn more about training and development and what Latham offers.

Balance is Key

To facilitate the compatibility of family and work, Latham is committed to a healthy work-life balance that suits each individual, including parental leave, part-time possibilities and the use of state-of-the-art technology.

Learn more about flexibility at Latham.

Four to Six Week Internship

Participants in Latham’s internship program gain experience in international legal work and immediately jump into conducting research on demanding legal transactional aspects and shadowing its lawyers to learn about a career at Latham. In addition, Latham offers a series of sessions in which various departments provide an overview of their practice and introduce the type of work that they do.

Referendariat

In addition to training on the job, Referendare participate in Latham’s internal Referendare curriculum, which includes complimentary access to Kaiserseminare, the renowned legal studies review service. These activities cover what Referendare need to know from litigation to civil law for both the oral and written parts of the 2nd State Exam. In addition, Latham awards a fellowship for the Jura Intensiv Repetitorium (small group exam preparation).

Once an individual has successfully completed their Anwaltsstation in Germany with the firm, there is the potential opportunity to spend the Wahlstation at one of our foreign Latham offices.

If you are looking for additional experience while working on your doctoral thesis, or even alongside regular Referendariat duties, Latham offers the opportunity to work for the firm for two to three days a week on a month-by-month basis, which also involves all regular training opportunities. 

Associates

New associates and lateral hires may choose from a multitude of training and career options. Our international program has been augmented with training appropriate to the specific requirements of the German market, including technical training, accounting and negotiation skills. Corporate Practice Group associates are invited to our regular German Corporate Training Retreat, which offers comprehensive coverage of general corporate law, M&A and capital markets transactions, as well as accounting skills.

English

Lawyers across Latham speak more than 60 languages. However, because much of our work is international, we are interested in lawyers with an excellent command of English. Latham also provides its Legal English Training program, which allows firm lawyers to refine their written and oral skills using topic-specific source material relevant to individual needs and practice areas.

 

Latham participates in university job fairs, interview programs, information sessions and other recruiting activities that enable prospective candidates to meet our lawyers and learn more about a career at the firm.   

German 2014 Recruiting Events Calendar
Date  Event Location 
14.01. clavisto/StudZR-Karriereforum arthotel Heidelberg
24.–25.01. New York Job Fairs New York
28.01. myjobfair - Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Würzburg
13.02. Talent Rocket München
30.04. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Hannover
07.05. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Tübingen
09.05. Karrieremesse EBS Law School EBS Law School Wiesbaden
12.06. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Konstanz
24.06. myobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
02.07. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Freiburg
08.09.-19.09. ILF Sommerlehrgang Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht ILF Frankfurt
24.09. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Mannheim
01.10. Absolventenmesse der Bucerius Law School Bucerius Law School Hamburg
03./04.12. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Köln
10.12. myjobfair – Fakultätskarrieretag Universität Göttingen
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Going Places? Latham & Watkins Offers LL.M. Travel Fellowships

Your decision to study for an LL.M. degree in the United States or the United Kingdom is an inspired one. Anyone serious about having an international legal career knows how essential it is to speak and write English fluently, and with that special feeling for the language that only comes from having lived with it. In addition to receiving a Master of Laws and fine-tuning your English, you will meet interesting people and establish vital career contacts.

Get Ready for Take-off with a € 2,500 Upgrade

We would like you to consider accepting one of eight Latham & Watkins Travel Fellowships for this leg of your educational journey. You have successfully completed the German university 1st State Exam (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) with excellent grades (Vollbefriedigend). You have also been accepted into an LL.M. program starting autumn 2014 in the United States or the United Kingdom. 

Completed applications in German should be addressed to Karin Schumacher and should include:

  • Cover letter, including a statement of motivation for study
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificate of the 1st State Exam (or 2nd, if already completed)
  • Confirmation of acceptance into an LL.M. program

Deadline – April 15 2015.

Final Boarding Call

If you do choose to study in the United States, have already completed the 2nd State Exam  – Vollbefriedigend – and feel a Latham career is for you, then you may also consider working at one of our US offices after completing your LL.M. for up to a year before continuing your legal career with us in Germany.

Questions?  If so, then please contact Karin Schumacher, Manager of Attorney Recruitment Germany, karin.schumacher@lw.com, 069.6062.6602

Good luck and Bon Voyage… as they say in English.