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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 represents investment banks, financial institutions, private equity houses, corporates, governments and other organizations, and the firm handles some of the largest and most complex cross-border deals and cases in the London market.

The firm’s London practice and global English law platform are now as large and full-service as many of the well-established UK firms, but with the added advantage of a powerful international network. Lawyers in the London office handle work all over the world, alongside all of our other offices. While Latham originated in the United States, often a significant advantage, the firm’s practice is genuinely global, which means our lawyers don’t work around US hours in London or rely on our offices in the United States for deal flow.

As well as the outstanding professional opportunities Latham offers, we believe our “one firm” culture makes us stand out as an excellent place to grow as a lawyer. The firm is run by consensus, and almost all of the committees which are responsible for running the business are staffed by associates and partners from across all of our offices. This includes our unique Associates Committee, which makes significant decisions, including the selection of new partners.

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Latham recruits only the highest caliber candidates, in terms of both academics and personality. We pride ourselves not only on the standard of our work, but also on our collegial atmosphere and collaborative style, which the firm works hard to maintain. Latham is comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and with a diversity of opinions. We value originality and creative thinking, and put a strong emphasis on client service, entrepreneurship and teamwork.

We seek candidates with a strong academic background (a minimum 2:1 degree and grades of at least AAB at A-level or equivalent). We look for excellent communication skills and a consistent record of personal and/or professional achievement. We value an entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.

Latham carefully selects all of its trainees because they will play a vital role in the future growth and success of the firm. We strive to establish a reciprocal and long-term relationship from the first day, with a focus on developing our attorneys' potential.

If you are proactive about your career, expect to work hard, and want to stand out from the crowd, we want to hear from you.

Latham hires approximately 20 trainees in August each year. The training contract consists of four six-month seats, including mandatory Corporate, Finance and Litigation seats. There is also an opportunity to spend six months in one of our overseas offices, such as Hong KongBrussels, Doha, Abu Dhabi, RiyadhSingapore, Dubai, Paris, Moscow or New York

Trainees share an office with their supervisor in each seat and are also assigned an associate mentor as an extra means of support. They are encouraged at all stages to communicate with their supervisor and with the office’s Recruiting Committee to make sure their career is following the path that they wish to pursue.

As far as possible, training is bespoke and tailored to an individual’s preferences. It is a two-way process, developing as a result of ongoing dialogue and consultation. In addition to learning "on the job," there is a formal training programme providing trainees with the fundamentals of the group they are joining on rotation, as well as more specific skills such as drafting and networking.

Trainees are given plenty of responsibility, but the Latham culture means you will never feel like you are out on your own, because you can always talk to an associate or a partner to get any support you need. Above all, our trainees are treated as members of the team who are able to make a meaningful contribution from the start, which means you get signifigant exposure to client work as well as building relationships with individuals at all levels within the firm.

Latham offers two-week placement schemes twice a year for candidates considering applying for a training contract with the firm, one during Easter and one during the summer. The dates for our 2014 vacation schemes are 31 March – 11 April and 30 June – 11 July.

As the firm recruits predominately from these schemes, we encourage candidates to apply for these rather than applying directly for a training contract. For the Easter scheme, we invite applications from candidates who are in their final year of university, who have graduated, or who are completing or who have completed their GDL or LPC. The summer scheme is primarily aimed at law undergraduates in their penultimate year of study.

If a candidate accepts an offer to participate in one of the firm’s vacation schemes, he or she will spend a week in two separate departments. Before arriving, participants are invited to tell us their preferences in terms of practice areas, and we will do our best to accommodate these. During each seat, participants are treated like any other Latham trainee and share an office with a supervisor who is a qualified lawyer.

During the scheme, candidates are asked to produce two pieces of written work and deliver a short presentation to a group of their peers about one of the firm’s practice areas. Participants also attend presentations given by lawyers from across the office in order to gain a thorough view of the work Latham does. Candidates are all assigned a mentor before the scheme starts, usually a current trainee, who is a friendly face throughout the scheme.

Candidates enjoy plenty of social events, where they have the opportunity to meet lawyers and trainees who are available to answer questions and discuss what life as a Latham lawyer is all about.

To join Latham’s Easter vacation scheme, please apply online between 1 October and 31 December, and to join the summer scheme, please apply by 31 January.

The deadline for applications for training contracts is 31 July.

We encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing a career at Latham to apply for a place on one of our vacation schemes, as the majority of our training contracts will go to people who have participated in one of these schemes. We accept around 20 students onto each of our two vacation schemes annually, and we pay £350 per week vacation scheme remuneration.

Want to know more? Download our full brochure, which tells you more about the fantastic opportunities we offer our trainees and qualified lawyers.

Already decided? If you have already made up your mind to apply for a place on one of our vacation schemes or for a training contract, please apply online.

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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 attorneys 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 attorneys 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 attorneys and leaders across the firm. We take pride in the collegial nature of the team in London and our summer associates will meet the partners and associates, both in the office and at a full range of social events. 

Latham’s summer program in London runs for 10 weeks and accomodations are 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.

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