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Latham & Watkins’ 250-lawyer London office has grown into a full-service operation, with expertise in all of the firm’s core practice areas.

 

Latham & Watkins is one of the few truly global law firms, with internationally recognised practices in 31 offices across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. It’s an exciting time to be joining our firm in London, as we have ambitious plans to continue growing our London practice.


As such, our London office is at an important point in its history — the practice is already as large as many of the well-established UK firms, but has the added advantage of a powerful international network. And unlike many US-heritage law firms in London, we provide our clients with a full-service offering — lawyers in our London office handle some of the most significant and ground-breaking cross-border transactions for the world’s leading companies.

We Do Things Differently

You’ll soon find that we’re different from other firms in many other ways, too. We have no head office and no dominant practice — instead a single, integrated partnership providing a collaborative approach to client service. Ours is a non-hierarchical management style, with decisions made by consensus from a broad range of opinions. We also have a unique review system: our Associates Committee, for which each lawyer who has supervised an associate writes a review on the associate’s performance.

If Latham sounds like an attractive career proposition to you, then have a look at who we are looking for.

 

We’re looking for sharp, energetic and entrepreneurial people who are keen to take the initiative, whether in daily work or in their career plans.


We’ve got a special way of working at Latham & Watkins using small teams of highly capable lawyers. So from early in your career, we encourage you to offer your views and take responsibility for matters that might be handled by more senior people if you were at another firm. You’ll be someone who relishes playing a key role in international projects, working alongside fellow lawyers from our 31 offices worldwide; someone who wants to become a valuable part of the team in a truly global law firm.

You’ll rapidly gain a higher level of responsibility and enjoy significantly more partner and client interaction than at other leading law firms. Yet in an environment where you can stand out from the crowd and be valued as an individual. If this lively yet demanding environment is for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

A training contract at Latham & Watkins is designed to help you get the most out of a demanding role, while truly enjoying your first steps on a valuable and exciting career path. You will be one of just 20 new trainees and expected to make an important contribution almost immediately.


In the lead up to your first day, you will have a series of informal meetings with a mentor from our current trainees. Then, once you start, you’ll share an office with a supervisor, who will arrange regular reviews, partner feedback and mentoring. Our senior associates and partners will also set aside time to explain things to you.

You’ll rapidly gain a higher level of responsibility and build the skills you need to take your career further, working initially on important tasks such as research, project management, and reviewing and drafting case documents. You’ll rotate through four six-month seats, three of which will be in our corporate, finance and litigation practices. During your third or fourth seat there is also an opportunity to spend six months in one of our overseas offices. At the start of your training contract you will attend an intensive induction programme, which includes everything from technical training to social events. Once you are in a seat you will also receive ongoing department-specific training.

You can find out more about our training contract in our brochure.

Our two-week summer vacation schemes offer you the chance to get to know us better. You’ll spend time in two departments, usually your preferred practice areas, sharing an office with a lawyer. You’ll be able to see how we work and ask our lawyers about life at Latham & Watkins.


Like our trainees, you’ll be a valued and trusted member of the team, taking on a wide variety of work. While you’re with us, we’ll also ask you to produce two pieces of writing and to give a short presentation to your peers about one of our practice areas.

We’ll also assign you a mentor, usually a current trainee, who will be in touch before you start and will be a friendly face to help you settle in while you’re here. You’ll have plenty of other opportunities to meet the people who work here, with lawyers ready to answer your questions and plenty of social events where you’ll see the relaxed and open side of our firm for yourself. Then, once you’ve got to know us, you’ll have an interview during the second week.

You can find out more about our Vacation Scheme in our brochure.

To apply for a place on one of our vacation schemes or for a training contract, please apply online between 2 October 2014 and 12 January 2015. If you’d like further details, our brochure tells you more about our firm, the kind of people we’re looking for and the opportunities available.


For the vacation scheme we run two summer programmes. One is for final year non-law students; those who have graduated and/or those completing their GDL or LPC. The other is primarily for law undergraduates in their penultimate year of study. We expect a minimum 2:1 degree and grades of at least AAB at A-level or equivalent. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to a half-day assessment where you’ll meet partners and associates, attend presentations and have two 30-minute interviews. You’ll also have lunch with our trainees.

For a training contract, in the first instance we encourage you to apply for one of our vacation schemes, as that’s how we select the majority of people we take on our training contracts. If you haven’t been on the vacation scheme, we’ll ask you to attend a half-day assessment. This will include two interviews and a 45-minute written task.

Summer Program for US Law Students

Latham’s summer program in London is designed to give US law students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work as a US-admitted lawyer in London.

Our London summer associates will have the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting capital markets transactions for clients located across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with significant partner and client access and the chance to travel to international client meetings. Our summer associates also participate in our London training program, which has been developed to help associates learn how to manage and execute deals in the cross-border context.

The Practice

The London office seeks 2L law students interested in practicing exclusively in the US Capital Markets Group. US-admitted lawyers in the London office focus on high yield debt and equity capital markets offerings. The practice is fully integrated into the firm’s broader worldwide Corporate and Finance Departments. The US Capital Markets Group in London consists of approximately 45 lawyers and it is part of a growing London office of 250 fee earners. The US team works closely with our English-law trained colleagues in the London office, Latham lawyers in our 16 other offices in Europe and the Middle East and with our colleagues across the firm globally.

The Program

During the summer, the London summer associates can expect to participate in drafting sessions with opposing counsel, bankers and senior management, reviewing offering documents and a wide range of other projects. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, London summer associates will participate in the firm’s formal training curriculum and introductory courses covering a broad range of practical topics relating to equity and high yield capital markets transactions. The training sessions are designed to give summer associates a general understanding of our practice and the work they would do as associates in the London office. The London summer associates also participate in Summer Academy, which brings together the firm’s summer associates from around the world for three days of training, social events, and the opportunity to meet with lawyers and leaders across the firm. We take pride in the collegial nature of the team in London and our summer associates will meet and interact with the partners and associates, both in the office and at a full range of social events.

Latham’s summer program in London runs for ten weeks and accommodation is provided.

Click here for additional information on Latham's summer program for US law students and click the "Summer Program" tab at the top of the page.

How to Apply

During the law school interview season, Latham & Watkins conducts interviews with JD candidates around the country for summer and first-year associate positions. Along with the firm’s US offices, the London office participates in on-campus interviews at a number of US law schools and considers applications through resume collections at a number of additional law schools. For a complete list of schools, please click here and select "Where to Meet Us." 

In keeping with Latham’s “one-firm” culture, we typically send a team of lawyers who are committed to outreach at that particular school to interview students on behalf of all of our offices.

The London office also participates in job fairs and interview programs throughout the year and sponsors various on-campus information sessions, substantive presentations and receptions. If your school is not listed on Latham’s US Law School Interviews and Events Calendar — or if you are unable to meet with us while we are on campus for interviews and you would like to pursue opportunities with Latham — please forward a cover letter, resume and transcript to lorecruiting@lw.com.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Latham’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunity enables the firm to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms. Learn more about our commitment.

"At Latham & Watkins the trainee supervisors are friendly, approachable and provide invaluable support in helping us to prepare for junior associate roles."

Jonathan (2nd year trainee)

"There is no room to shy away from responsibility which although challenging, provides you with invaluable experience."

Sophia (2nd year trainee)

"Spending six months in the Singapore office has been a great opportunity to work in the firm’s leading Project Finance team and gain experience of deals based in Asia and Australia."

Alice (2nd year trainee)

"The Latham & Watkins vacation scheme provides a real insight into life at the firm. The emphasis is on working together in a friendly and inclusive  environment.”

Anna (1st year trainee)

"As a trainee at Latham & Watkins, you will not only be working on some of the largest international matters and transactions, but you will also be an integral part of one of the most welcoming legal teams in the City. That’s what makes the firm unique.”

Stephen (1st year trainee)

"Our London office summer program offers hands-on transactional experience with opportunities to take advantage of everything that London has to offer.  London summer associates get to witness our global “one firm” culture first-hand, not least by participating in our summer associate academy held in Los Angeles.”

Alyssa (Associate, Capital Markets)