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A guaranteed six-month overseas seat. Working in diverse teams on the most complex challenges for the world’s biggest companies. Building the friendships and personal connections that will last a lifetime. And the chance to develop an international reputation at the cutting-edge of City law. A lot can happen in two years.

 

80%

retention rate of trainees qualifying in 2021

50

trainees recruited annually in London

1

of the only law firms to guarantee an overseas seat

 

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Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

The SQE is the new route to qualification for solicitors in England and Wales. Trainees joining White & Case from September 2024 onwards will train via this route (commencing their SQE preparation course from September 2023). Prospective solicitors are required to pass this new centralised assessment which is divided into two stages, SQE 1 (functioning legal knowledge) and SQE 2 (legal skills). Upon successful completion, our future trainees will also gain an LLM in Legal Practice. 

We’re committed to providing exceptional training that will equip you with the skills to practise in a market-leading global law firm, and we’re proud to be partnering with the University of Law to design and deliver our tailored offering. 

After completion of SQE 1 and 2, you’ll complete the SQE Plus. This course builds on the core legal modules previously covered and will be unique and fully tailored to the Firm, allowing you to gain further experience and critical skills specifically relevant to your career with White & Case.

Once you’ve completed the 11 months of study for the SQE 1, 2 and Plus, you’ll then complete your qualifying work experience (QWE) with the Firm by undertaking the two-year training contract.

Four different seats

Four different seats

You’ll rotate through four six-month seats: one overseas, one in Finance and one in a contentious practice area. Alternatively, you can join our Litigation Training Programme. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet our teams, learn about their work and explore different areas of the law.

Live and work abroad

Live and work overseas

To complement the global mindset that underpins everything that we do, you’ll get the chance to experience working in one of 16 White & Case offices around the world. Experience living in a different country, gain valuable insight into the working practices of another jurisdiction and build professional contacts that will last throughout your career.

Wherever you go, we’ll help you relocate and you’ll stay in regular contact with the Graduate Development team during your overseas seat. You’ll receive the same level of personal training, including a dedicated supervisor, a cost-of-living salary adjustment and free language lessons in certain countries.

Comprehensive support

Comprehensive support

Everyone needs back-up. Not only will you work directly with our partners and senior associates, you’ll have the benefit of a dedicated supervisor (an experienced associate or partner) and ongoing support from the Graduate Development team. Together, they’ll ensure your skills, knowledge and practical experience are constantly expanded.

Training and professional development

Training and professional development

As well as our comprehensive legal training programme, you can expect on-the-job learning, in-house courses and more. From Lunch & Learn sessions with senior associates focusing on specific areas of the law to specialised seminars with City professionals, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to become the best lawyer that you can be.

Training contract for 2025/26

 

When can I apply?

12 September 2022 – 16 July 2023

Who can apply?

Penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates from any degree discipline

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Rising salary and great financial rewards

We believe that high performance deserves great rewards. Our compensation package reflects the calibre of our trainees.

£52k

year-one trainee starting salary

£57k

Second-year trainee

£140k 

salary on qualification

£4k

interest-free loan upon joining

£17k

PGDL maintenance grant plus fees

£17k

SQE maintenance grant plus fees

 

Benefits

As well as 25 days’ annual leave, we’ll give you up to six weeks of unpaid leave on qualification. We also provide a suite of flexible benefits, which you can tailor to suit your particular lifestyle, needs and priorities.

Private medical insurance

 

Private medical insurance

 

Retail vouchers

 

Retail vouchers

 

 

Pension

 

Pension 

 

 

Skin cancer screening

 

Skin cancer screening

 

 

Dental insurance

 

Dental insurance

 

 

Season ticket loan

 

Season ticket loan

 

 

Critical illness cover

 

Critical illness coverage

 

Cycle to work scheme

 

Cycle to work scheme

 

 

Life assurance

 

Life assurance

 

 

Give As You Earn

 

Give as you earn

 

 

Travel insurance

 

Travel insurance

 

 

£500 health and wellness account

 

£500 health and wellness account

 

 

Ready to apply?

When it’s time to apply, complete our online application form. Join us and make a mark.

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