Opportunities

Training Contract

Our Training Contracts are designed to help you reach your potential as quickly as possible through constant exposure to high calibre work. We take an open and transparent approach to progression with a structure that makes sure you get the best start to your legal career, whatever your previous background.

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During your Training Contract, you will complete four seats of six months each.


In each of your four seats, you will share an office with your supervisor, which means you will always have someone to guide you in your day-to-day work. In each seat you will have a mid-seat and end-of-seat performance review to help you identify areas of strength as well as areas for development. 

The mentoring and support you receive as a Weil trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a Trainee Responsible Partner, who will be your go-to for mentoring and advice throughout the full two years of your training.

Key Dates

Application open

1 June 2020

Application deadline

31 July 2020

Requirements

We welcome candidates from all universities and degree disciplines, with entry requirements being AAB at A Level (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted).

Application process

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply directly for a training contract?

We feel that the best way for you to decide if Weil is right for you is to complete a vacation scheme at the firm and we hope to recruit the majority of our future trainees in this way. However, if we are not able to fill our 2022 training contract positions with vacation scheme students we will open applications for direct training contracts in June 2020.

Will you cover any costs I incur to attend an interview?

We will reimburse up to £100 for travel expenses incurred to attend an interview at Weil’s London office. Please obtain receipts for any expenses incurred and bring these with you to your interview; we can only reimburse expenses against receipts.

I am unable to attend a face to face interview as I’m on my year abroad. Can I do a Skype interview instead?

We feel the best way to get to know you is by meeting you in person. When you attend an interview you will also spend time speaking with a trainee, and you will undertake a written exercise. If you are abroad at the time your interview is scheduled, please speak with the Graduate Recruitment team who will discuss the best way forward. 

What do I do if I am unsuccessful during the application process? Can I reapply next year?

If you are unsuccessful during the application process, we encourage you to wait a year before reapplying and during this time spend some time improving your application.

Do you accept CV applications?

No, we do not usually accept CV applications. If you are unable to complete the online application form please contact us at graduate.recruitment@weil.com to discuss, in confidence, your individual circumstances.

I require adjustments due to a disability; can you accommodate these?

We are happy to make adjustments in line with candidates’ individual requirements. Please contact us at graduate.recruitment@weil.com to discuss, in confidence, your individual circumstances.

What is the SQE?

The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, a new route to becoming a qualified lawyer. This will be introduced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) from September 2021 at the earliest.

 In the future, if you want to qualify as a solicitor, you will need to, obtain a degree or equivalent qualification, pass the SQE Stage 1 and Stage 2 and complete a two-year programme of Qualifying Work Experience. This new route replaces the need for a qualifying law degree and Legal Practice Course. Further information can be found on the SRA’s website here.

Do you pay a maintenance grant to future trainees?

Yes. In addition to course/tuition fees, we pay future trainees £8,000 per year when they undertake the full time GDL, and £10,000 when they undertake the full time LPC.

Do you provide sponsorship for the GDL and LPC?

Yes. We pay our future trainees’ GDL and LPC fees. We ask all of our future trainees to complete these courses at the University of Law.

I have already completed the GDL, will you reimburse me for the tuition fees and pay the maintenance grant retrospectively?

We reimburse our future trainees GDL fees retrospectively once a training contract has been accepted and all background and employability checks have been passed. However, we are unable to reimburse maintenance grants retrospectively.

I have already completed the LPC, will you reimburse me for the tuition fees and pay the maintenance grant retrospectively?

We reimburse our future trainees LPC fees retrospectively once a training contract has been accepted and all background and employability checks have been passed. However, we are unable to reimburse maintenance grants retrospectively.

Do you require future trainees to choose specific LPC electives?

Our future trainees study the following LPC electives as these align best with our core practice areas in London.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law & Practice
  • Public Companies Law & Practice
  • Banking and Debt Finance Law & Practice