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. You will also receive plenty of real-time feedback.
The seats you undertake will depend on your own personal preferences and development needs. We require our trainees to undertake one Corporate and one Finance seat with some trainees completing a secondment in our Hong Kong, Paris or New York offices.
1 June 2022
31 July 2022
You can apply for a direct training contract if you are able to begin a training contract in 2023/2024.
We are looking to recruit candidates from all universities and degree disciplines. Our academic requirements are AAB at A-Level or equivalent and a 2:1 degree (obtained or predicted). We take into account mitigating circumstances and use Rare’s contextualised recruitment system enabling us to measure an individual’s performance against the average grades of their school. We review all application forms holistically, which means if you fall slightly short of our academic requirements but demonstrate great potential, you will still be considered.
Mentoring and support
The mentoring and support you receive as a trainee means you can progress and reach your goals sooner than most law firms. You will be allocated a partner mentor, who will be your go-to for advice and guidance throughout the full two years of your training.
To make sure you get the most out of your training contract and to help you develop. We offer trainees the following:
A three week induction
A dedicated supervisor, providing you with plenty of real-time feedback
Mid-seat and end of seat performance review
Departmental training every time you move seats
Mentoring programme (the chance to self-select another mentor)
Supported throughout your training contract by the Graduate Recruitment & Development team
The way you qualify as a solicitor is changing and from September 2021, the SRA has introduced the Solicitors Qualifying Exam the ‘SQE’, which replaces the Legal Practice Course the ‘LPC’. Further information on the SQE can be found on the SRA’s website.
Despite this being a significant change, our Future Trainees will continue to receive the best quality training, helping them develop and prepare for a career at Weil. We have partnered with the University of Law to deliver the PGDL and the SQE preparation courses and exams, providing law and non-law graduates with excellent training and continuous support. Future Trainees joining the Firm from 2024 (who have not already started or completed the LPC) can expect to complete the PGDL and/or the SQE before starting a two year training contract.
We will offer full sponsorship of the PGDL and SQE preparation courses and exam fees in addition to an annual maintenance grant of £12,000 per year of study.
GDL/LPC students and graduates
We appreciate there will be a transitional period and candidates who have recently started or completed the GDL and/or the LPC we encourage you to continue to apply. We will also reimburse any course fees incurred if offered a training contract.
Keeping in touch with our future trainees
Being a future trainee at Weil is the start of your journey to becoming a qualified lawyer, so we want our future trainees to feel like part of the firm from the moment they accept a training contract. We invite our future trainees to attend social and networking events throughout the year, a few examples include; our summer party and festive dinner. We will send you a calendar of events with your training contract offer.
Complete a short online application form, which will be reviewed by a member of the Graduate Recruitment team.
Online psychometric test
The Watson Glaser Online Critical Reasoning test is designed to measure your ability to structure a sound, solid argument, and to test your ability to evaluate information and draw conclusions that can be supported.
If you would like to complete a practice test, please CLICK HERE.
Online video interview
This is an opportunity to build on your application form and bring it to life. It offers us more of an insight into both your achievements and motivations for a career in commercial law, especially at Weil.
Interview followed by an analytical exercise
Your interview will be conducted by an associate and a member of the Graduate Recruitment team. It is a chance for us to get to know you better, and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the firm and our culture. You will be asked to complete an analytical exercise and you will have the chance to meet with one of our trainees to ask questions about the firm.
This interview will focus on your interest in a career in commercial law and specifically with Weil. We want to know what you think makes us different and why you’re attracted to our opportunities and core practice areas.
Training Contract offer
If we think you are a great match for our firm and have the potential to become an exceptional lawyer, we will offer you a training contract.