Working in France
A truly global law firm, White & Case has been present in Paris since 1926. This gives our clients the benefit of both our extensive international network and specialist knowledge in a variety of key legal fields. Our teams advise a broad range of French and international clients, including listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, investment funds and government institutions.
We recruit highly skilled and diverse lawyers who have experience of French, US and English law, to give innovative advice in complex multijurisdictional assignments. They work closely with clients to formulate and implement tailored solutions. Our lawyers develop lasting relationships with clients, anticipate their needs and work collaboratively to fulfil their ambitions.
At White & Case, we’re serious about social responsibility. Lawyers take part in regular pro bono assignments alongside a variety of other social initiatives, including sporting and solidarity events, diversity promotion, our women’s network and green initiatives, as well as the annual White & Case Scholarship Program.
White & Case is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Firm aims to provide a professional, collegial working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity irrespective of differences. The Firm expects that each individual will exhibit, in his or her conduct and communications, sound judgment and respect for others. All individuals are to be treated in a fair and consistent manner, thereby promoting good working relationships and encouraging high standards of conduct and performance.
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At White & Case, we are looking for talented students and graduates with a high level of legal knowledge, a taste for teamwork, good communication skills and an entrepreneurial appetite. We champion diversity by recruiting innovative and ambitious individuals from a range of backgrounds who can make a real difference to our clients.
The aim of our internship program is to provide a recruitment pool for future associates. As part of the program, you will be entrusted with legal assignments, as well as research into doctrines and jurisprudence, preparation for consultations and drafting pleadings, contractual clauses or legal opinions. Trainees also participate in audits and negotiation meetings, and in the preparation of filings.
We welcome applications from students requiring internship placements as part of their university (Master 2 in Law at least) , bar school, business school (HEC, ESSEC, ESCP, EDHEC, EM Lyon), Sciences Po or foreign universities (LL.M., Master 1 dual law degree, etc.). An excellent command of English is essential.
The intricate and varied nature of our work means that associates are able to gain strong experience right from the start, assisting on complex and diverse matters with multijurisdictional components, and working collaboratively with multidisciplinary and international teams. Junior associates are entrusted with assignments that quickly give them a high level of accountability and involve them regularly in the processing and follow-up of matters.
To be eligible for recruitment, applicants need to have obtained at least a Master 2 in law, a degree from a business school (HEC, ESSEC, ESCP, EDHEC, EM Lyon), Sciences Po or a foreign university (LL.M., Master 1 dual law degree, etc.). Candidates must also hold the CAPA. An excellent command of English is essential.
Employees in our business services functions provide professional support in areas that are critical to our Firm’s success. This support allows the Firm to operate efficiently while our lawyers focus on the needs of our clients.
Our Business Support teams are structured as follows: Business Development & Communications, Finance, Knowledge, Paralegals, Office Operations, People and Technology.
Applying in France
Stagiaires – Legal Interns/Trainees
All applications are reviewed on behalf of our internship committee, which includes the partner in charge of the internship program as well as representatives from various practices in our office. The pre-selected applications are dispatched to the practices that the candidates applied for. Each practice decides whether to invite or not the pre-selected candidates for a single interview and then select those who will receive an internship offer.
Important: You will be asked at the beginning of your candidacy to indicate your Internship period as well as the practices in which you wish to apply.
We review all applications before organizing the first series of interviews. These are held in French and English, and will be attended by partners and associates of the practice you are applying to join. Successful candidates will be invited to a second series of interviews before receiving a final answer.
All of our current openings are posted on our recruitment website.
Important: You may be informed automatically when new job opportunities are posted. In order to receive the notifications, please indicate your Employment Preferences (Category, Function, Region and Country) when creating your profile. Otherwise, you may submit a speculative application to the Paris office through the relevant job ad.
Business support services
The applications are reviewed by the head of the relevant Business Support team in which you wish to apply. All current opening are posted on our Career website.
The White & Case Scholarship Program: Bourse d’Etudes des Juristes d’Affaires
Established in 1995, the White & Case Scholarship Program aims at supporting and encouraging students who want to complete a postgraduate degree in law abroad. The €50,000 grant enables three students to continue their studies at a foreign university of their choice.
Through this scholarship program, White & Case promotes academic excellence and shares its principles of solidarity and mutual aid. Since its creation, 61 students have benefited from the White & Case Business Law Scholarship.
Registration is open for students of any nationality who are studying or have studied Law at a French university and:
- Enrolled in a master's program or in a dual program law school / business school or Sciences Po
- Willing to study in a foreign university in 2018 – 2019
- Intending / willing to pursue a career in Business law
- Have strong linguistic skills
- Not able to cover the cost of studying overseas
After reviewing the applications (two phases), the shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their academic projects to a jury during the final oral examination. That same day, a deliberation and prize-giving reception will be held in order to reward the three winners.
More information about the 2018 conditions and selection procedure will be published in January 2018.