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Get ready to make your mark 

If you want to work on high-profile projects with a globally minded, diverse team, you’re one of us. As a White & Case London trainee, you'll work on challenging and complex cross-border matters across both established and fast-growth markets where rules are still being made (often with our help). We’ll support you, give you real responsibility and welcome you as an integral member of our team from day one.

Your learning curve will be steep and you can expect to work hard, learn constantly and build the skills and contacts that will last throughout your career. 

With four seat rotations, including a guaranteed overseas seat in one of our global offices, plus extensive training and development, expect to work on large-scale matters that span borders and legal jurisdictions. 

The hours can often be long and demanding—that’s the reality of working in corporate law—but we’ll support you every step of the way and help you become a great lawyer. Join us and make your mark. 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Kolawole

I was looking for a world-class international law firm with high quality work and high calibre people. I found this at White & Case, a law firm that is truly global.

Abigail Kolawole
Trainee Solicitor, London
Justin Seymour

The supportive environment and the global network (in terms of the secondment opportunities and the nature of the work) are the key reasons why I chose White & Case.

Justin Seymour
Trainee Solicitor, London
Amy Sharpe

I chose White & Case because of its reputation for multi-jurisdictional work and international career opportunities. The London office itself is also an incredibly diverse place to work.

Amy Sharpe
Trainee Solicitor, London
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Throughout the training contract, trainees are given a lot of responsibility, but in a supportive and down-to-earth environment.

Harriet Baldwin
Trainee Solicitor, London
Bill Webb

White & Case stood out because it offered international, thought-provoking work. The team I sat with on the vacation scheme took the time to explain the broader, real-world context of the projects they worked on. It seemed like a great place to learn.

Bill Webb
Trainee Solicitor, London
Bethanie Abrahams

I knew that no matter which practice area I chose, White & Case would have a global, high quality practice, meaning there would be many opportunities to work on complex, international matters.

Bethanie Abrahams
Trainee Solicitor, London
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The international nature of the Firm was a huge draw, both in the opportunity to do an overseas seat but also in the fact that every matter has an international element. It makes for incredibly interesting work.

Dorothea James
Trainee Solicitor, London
Khad Leithy

The best part of the training contract has been the quality of supervision and support I have received—associates and partners alike are clearly invested in seeing the trainees grow.

Khadija El-Leithy
Trainee Solicitor, London
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The best part has been getting involved in matters all over the world—being given real responsibility by associates and partners.

James Charteris-Black
Trainee Solicitor, London

Join a truly global firm

Over the past 100 years, we’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. Today we work with clients in 180 countries, often global organisations with complex needs that span multiple offices and practices. We support and champion each other and we operate as One Firm, everywhere in the world.

With 14 global Practices and eight global industry groups, you’ll get wide exposure and the chance to find the area of law that matches your skills and interests.

The work is fast-paced and intellectually demanding, so you’ll need to have the resilience to work hard and the curiosity to keep learning. The working days (even nights) can often be long, demanding and tough, but you’ll develop deep friendships and build a lasting professional network. 

Our strengths

Our reputation in London is built on an ability to execute tough deals in challenging places. 403 lawyers, including 102 partners and 82 trainees, join forces with teams around the world on international and cross-border projects. In 2019, the London office contributed US$337 million in revenue. 

In London, our key areas of work include:

  • Debt Finance (including Regulatory Compliance), Financial Restructuring & Insolvency and Capital Markets (including High Yield and Securitisation)
  • Dispute Resolution (including Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Trade, White Collar and Construction)
  • Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance (EIPAF)
  • Corporate (including M&A, Private Equity, Employment, Compensation & Benefits, Investment Funds, Real Estate and Tax)

We have made a commitment to substantial and strategic growth, so you will be joining a firm where there is no limit to your potential to advance and develop your career. 
 

Active global citizens

Global Citizenship comprises pro bono, volunteering, charitable giving, legal education and environmental sustainability. It helps us fulfil our responsibilities to the global community with the greatest possible impact. 

Lawyers from every office and practice participate. Last year, we dedicated more than 141,000 hours to pro bono legal services. As a trainee in London, you will have unparalleled opportunities to participate in cutting-edge pro bono work on the issues that matter to you—both locally and cross-border, with many of the world’s leading NGOs.

Recent London pro bono matters include:

  • The Vance Center for International Justice: Analyzing how governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in their policies regarding women in prison
  • Prime Advocates social enterprise incubator: Corporate advice to startupswith a social mission 
  • Whitechapel Mission: Homelessness advice clinic
  • University House: Disability benefits appeals advocacy programme

Reaching more than 3,500 students, lawyers and judges each year, our legal education programmes build legal capacity by teaching practical skills and cultivating interest in the rule of law. In London, we support and help train teams in the UK Jessup Competition and the VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot. 
 

Volunteering in London focusses on broadening access to the legal profession for students from across the UK. Our lawyers deliver careers and skills development workshops for 17 to 18-year-olds who receive free school meals and will be the first in their families to attend university. We run summer work experience programmes with PRIME and the Social Mobility Foundation. 

We also offer volunteering with the horticultural team at ZSL London Zoo. 

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Our current Chosen Charity in London is Place2Be, which provides specialist mental health support to children and young people in schools across the UK. Employee fundraising has included participation in the Three Peaks Challenge, half-marathons and dragon boat racing. We have redecorated counselling rooms at a Place2Be partner school and welcomed students to the office to join in confidence- building games. 

White & Case has made a multi-year commitment to provide financial and professional support to Know Your Rights Camp, which is a not-for-profit founded by Colin Kaepernick that advances the well-being of Black and Brown communities through education and self-empowerment. Find out more here.

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Around the world, we are committed to fair and ethical operations that respect the interests of our stakeholders and recognise the importance of our natural environment. All of our Global Citizenship activities are closely aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, White & Case is committed to doing business responsibly by aligning our operations with ten principles related to human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. In support of our commitments as signatories, we have a Responsible Business Working Group and an Environmental Sustainability Committee.

For more information, read our 2019 Global Citizenship Review here.

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Our people and culture

 

Diverse and inclusive, globally minded and entrepreneurial

There is no such thing as a typical White & Case lawyer. Our people come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Between us, we represent 109 nationalities and speak 88 languages.  

As a global Firm, we share some common qualities and we look for the same in our London trainees.

  • The way you think is crucial. Intelligence and academic excellence are essential. You'll enjoy the intellectual challenge of analysing how the law works and being creative, yet commercial, in how you interpret it 
  • You will have the ambition, drive and determination to become a successful global lawyer. Your clients will come to depend on your lateral thinking, your focus on detail and your ability to resolve complex issues
  • You're a team player and your future colleagues can rely on you to perform tasks accurately, efficiently and to meet tight deadlines 
  • Integrity is vital too. This is not only to maintain our clients’ and colleagues’ trust, but to uphold our reputation 
  • You won't be afraid of hard work and long hours, as you’ll be working for a leading global law firm where our clients always come first 
  • You’re expected to ask questions about your work or seek feedback on your performance—that’s why we have an informal open-door policy

 

A firm that welcomes everyone

We strive to create an environment in which everyone can bring their authentic and full selves to work and thrive, and where people feel accepted for who they are and experience a sense of belonging. 

We know that when we leverage our diverse backgrounds, we contribute in new and innovative ways, and we are able to be our best—as individuals, within our communities, and for our clients. 

 

 

 

 

 

Asad Khan

The diversity of White & Case employees sealed the deal for me; to be able to walk into the office of an elite global law firm and see faces from all around the world made me comfortable that this was the right choice for me.

Asad Khan
Trainee Solicitor

Our commitment to diversity

Our Diversity and Inclusion activities focus on the recruitment, retention and professional training of three key groups: Women, LGBT+ and Black and all ethnic minority lawyers. We have a wide range of initiatives to ensure the well-being and mental health of our people, and we offer various programmes to support people with disabilities. There are also numerous social mobility initiatives in place that help us increase the representation of all parts of society within our Firm. 

We want to ensure that everyone who works here is encouraged, supported, and inspired to do their best work and feel like they belong at White & Case. That’s why we continually pilot and embed programmes and activities which contribute to our diverse and inclusive environment.

We have made solid progress in our work to increase the representation of women, LGBT+ and Black and ethnic minority lawyers and business services professionals. But we know there’s still much to do, and everyone who works here is expected to play their part. 

What we are doing right now

  • Global Data Disclosure Project:  We are rolling out the first phase of a Global Data Disclosure Project to our largest offices, which will provide us with greater data around race and ethnicity (as well as other identity characteristics). This will enable us to better monitor and analyse our structures and systems, including factors such as career opportunities, and progress and retention and development for Black and all ethnic minority colleagues
  • Global anti-racism training: We are developing a mandatory, anti-racism training, with plans to roll this out globally to everyone in the Firm in 2020
  • Sponsorship programme: Based on the success of our Women’s Sponsorship Program, we are planning to expand this programme to focus on Black talent and LGBT+ lawyers, to increase their visibility and accelerate their journey to partnership

We are committed to progressing women at White & Case in London and have ambitious targets to continue increasing the representation of women in our senior teams and within the partnership.

  • Personalised coaching for select women below partner level
  • Wide variety of personal and professional development initiatives, including mentoring and sponsorship 
  • Active London Women’s Network, with a dynamic mix of social, networking and personal development events and initiatives
  • Annual celebrations to mark International Women’s Day

Our Global Women’s Initiative was established in 2009 to help our female lawyers advance and succeed at all levels across the Firm. Visit here for more information about our Global Women’s Initiative

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From celebrating Pride and LGBT+ History Months to networking, professional development and social events through our Spectrum Network, we provide a wide range of activity to support and empower our LGBT+ colleagues and allies.

  • We have been named as a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion 
  • We sponsor and support DiversCity, helping LGBT+ students and graduates explore careers in the legal sector 
  • Read our 2020 #MyPrideStories here
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We pride ourselves on a culture that celebrates and welcomes differences. Our efforts to increase the recruitment, development and retention of Black and ethnic minority lawyers at White & Case starts with our support and engagement with students and graduates. Here are some of the actions we’re taking to make a change, and to tackle racial biases when they occur:

  • We are a founding partner of the Black Men in Law network and run dedicated workshops and professional development programmes, open days and careers dinners for aspiring Black male lawyers 
  • We are platinum sponsors of the Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network (WCAN) and partner to deliver a number of open days and events specifically for Black female aspiring lawyers
  • Our Black Affinity Network and LINK Affinity Network provide a safe, supportive environment for our colleagues to network, build relationships and support professional development. The networks offer a full calendar of networking and social events, invited speakers and a forum for discussion and insight into the unique issues that Black and ethnic minority employees may experience.
  • Our Leadership and Executive Committees are having challenging and meaningful conversations across the Firm on all areas of recruitment, reward, development and retention of Black and ethnic minority lawyers and business services colleagues 
  • We have made a multi-year commitment with financial and professional support to Know Your Rights Camp, which is dedicated to educating and empowering communities impacted by structural racism
  • We are signatories of the Rare Recruitment’s Race Fairness Commitment—we will be monitoring, tracking and reporting on application-to- interview rates, interview-to-offer rates, promotion rates and ethnicity stay gap rates for Black and all ethnic minority people.
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As well as our 26 local women’s networks globally, we have nine affinity networks worldwide. All employees, no matter where they are located, are invited to join any of our affinity networks, including as an ally. In London, these include the Spectrum LGBT+ Network, LINK and Black Affinity Networks for Black and minority ethnic lawyers, and the ALLiance Women’s Network.

Our networks help make everyone who works at White & Case feel welcome and valued. They also allow lawyers and business services employees separated by departments, practice areas, physical locations and backgrounds to get to know each other.

Joining a network, including as an ally, means being part of a global team dedicated to raising awareness of challenges, issues and experiences. It’s also a way to contribute to building a wider community that is supportive and strong.

To connect with any of our affinity networks, please contact [email protected] for more information. 

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As part of our work to strengthen the diversity of lawyers in our London office, we have developed effective strategic partnerships with our clients and the wider legal sector. These include:

  • The GS Latitude Mentoring Programme with Goldman Sachs for mid-level associates from all diverse backgrounds
  • Founding partnership with the Black Men in Law Network 
  • We are proud to be signatories of Rare Recruitment Race Fairness Commitment (RFC), which mandates data-driven techniques and concrete action to help recruit, retain and develop Black, and all ethnic minority, talent and ensure that they have every chance to lead a fulfilling career at the Firm 
  • In partnership with the Black Men in Law Network and Business in the Community, our Black Men’s Career Development Programme provides networking and professional development opportunities for young Black men interested in pursuing a career in the City 
  • Aspiring Solicitors: We are now Affiliate Members of Aspiring Solicitors, a programme committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession by providing free access, opportunity and assistance to students from historically underrepresented groups
  • Platinum Sponsors of Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network (WCAN)
  • RARE: RARE Recruitment connects high-performing Black, and all minority ethnic students with jobs in top organisations
  • Transatlantic collaborations with Barclays focussed on mental health and well-being 

 

Rare

 

       Bright Network

 

City Solicitors Horizons

 

Aspiring Solicitors

 

         SEO London

 

WCAN

 

Pathways to Law

 

The Prince's Responsible Business Network

 

BML Network

 

 

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22

Years since the training programme was established in London

 

54

Nationalities represented in our London office

 

49

Languages spoken in our London office

 

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Our offer

 

Building your professional career 

If you're thinking seriously about a career in law, it's vital you join a firm that feels right and is a good fit for you. That's why we offer a virtual learning platform and why we run open days, first-year insight schemes and vacation schemes—so you can find out if White & Case is the right fit for you.

Explore the many different opportunities we provide so you can learn more about our Firm and the work we do.

 

 

 

Training contract

You will join a diverse group of globally minded trainees for our two-year programme. Expect to take on real responsibility, continuous learning and development, and feel supported at every stage. 

Our training contract offers four seats and you’ll be in the driving seat when it comes to your career. We’re one of the only firms to guarantee an overseas training seat. Almost all our work is cross-border, so we need mobile lawyers with international experience, outlook and networks.

You’ll rotate through four six-month seats, including one in Finance and one overseas. Build your contentious experience by choosing a seat in Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property or Construction. 

Alternatively, if contentious work is not for you, you can join the Litigation Training Programme. Your personal preferences are important and we’ll take them into account when finalising your seat rotation.

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All our trainees work alongside an experienced supervisor. Their job is to make sure you get plenty of opportunities to expand the skills, knowledge and experience you need to become the best lawyer that you can be.

You will meet our Graduate Resourcing and Development team as you go through the application process, and they will continue to support you throughout your training contract. They will liaise directly with your supervisor about the relevance, variety and volume of work you're doing.

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Our London trainees complete both compulsory and elective modules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Professional Skills Course. We also run in-house courses, specialist seminars and workshops for trainees. These vary from informal ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions with senior associates to focussed insights with City professionals. 

Our Associate Career Framework lets you know exactly what’s expected of you as an associate at each stage of your development.

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Our clients’ operations span multiple continents and legal jurisdictions. To complement the global mindset that underpins everything that we do, you’ll get the chance to experience working in one of the 44 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 will stay in regular contact with the Graduate Development team during your overseas seat.

What to expect on your overseas seat

  • The same level of personal training, including a dedicated supervisor 
  • Free language lessons for selected overseas seats
  • Cost-of-living adjustment 
  • Free accommodations for six months
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We believe that high performance deserves great rewards. Our compensation package reflects the calibre of our trainees.

Course fees and maintenance grant

We will pay your GDL and LPC course fees and provide a maintenance grant: £7,500 for the GDL and £10,500 for the LPC.

Loan

On joining the Firm, you can get an interest-free loan of £4,000 which is repayable over the course of your period of training.

Salary

We have a competitive starting salary of £50,000, increasing to £55,000 in your second year. When you qualify, you will earn £130,000.

Awards

If you get a distinction in the LPC, we’ll give you a £500 bonus.

Unpaid leave

You can take up to six weeks of unpaid leave on qualification.

Benefits and well-being

We have a flexible benefits scheme, which you can tailor to suit your particular lifestyle and priorities. 

  • Private medical insurance
  • Dental insurance 
  • Life assurance 
  • Pension 
  • Critical illness cover 
  • Travel insurance
  • Retail vouchers
  • Season ticket loan
  • Give As You Earn 
  • Skin cancer screening 
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • £500 health and wellness account 
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We know that it can seem like a long time between receiving your offer for a training contract and your start date at the Firm. That’s why we encourage our future trainees to join us at our social and networking events before their first day. 

Join one of our sports teams, dress up for the winter ball, share your experience of the recruitment process at a law fair dinner or come to an event hosted by one of our affinity groups. You’ll receive a detailed calendar of events with your contract. 

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Are you interested in learning more about life as a trainee at White & Case? Watch the video to hear from current London trainees Lucy, Tom and Aleks discuss the recruitment process, the culture at the Firm and their experience as a trainee solicitor.

 

Watch the video to hear from current White & Case trainees Joe, Zsofia and Aiden discuss why they chose White & Case to start their legal career and what makes the Firm stand out from the rest.

 

Meet London trainees Lauren, Ola and Patrick and hear them share their experiences as a White & Case trainee. Learn more about the Firm’s culture, the people and the work you do as a trainee solicitor in our London office.

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From 1 October 2020, you can click here to access our online application forms.

  • Training contract for 2023/24
  • Application dates: 1 October – 15 July 2021  
  • Who can apply? penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline 
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Vacation schemes

Being part of our two-week vacation scheme is a great way to get a real insight into life as a White & Case trainee in London. Each year, we have up to 75 places on our winter, spring and summer schemes. You won’t just be watching from the sidelines—you’ll support your supervisor with real client work too. 

  • Learn about the Firm and our practice areas 
  • Discover our training programme, including a guaranteed overseas seat 
  • Network at social events and get to know our people
  • Continual support and feedback 

From 1 October 2020, you can click here to access our online application forms.

Winter vacation scheme: 7 December – 18 December 2020

  • When can I apply? 1 October 2020 – 4 November 2020
  • Who can apply? Finalists and graduates from any degree discipline

Spring vacation scheme: 15 March – 26 March 2021

  • When can I apply?: 1 October 2020 – 15 January 2021
  • Who can apply? Penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline

Summer vacation scheme: 14 June – 25 June 2021

  • When can I apply? 1 October 2020 – 15 January 2021
  • Who can apply? Penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline
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First-year insight schemes

Our two-day insight scheme is specifically designed for first-year students studying any subject. It’s a chance to understand the many different areas of law and types of firms and find out what it’s really like to work as a corporate lawyer. 

Participants receive useful guidance on how they can strengthen their future applications and will meet White & Case trainees and associates informally at various networking events. To get real insight into the day-to-day role of a White & Case trainee, students will have the opportunity to work-shadow with one of our trainees. 

From 1 October 2020, you can click here to access our online application forms.

Scheme 1: 5 – 6 May 2021

Scheme 2: 12 – 13 May 2021

  • When can I apply?: 1 October 2020 – 31 March 2021
  • Who can apply? First-year students from any degree discipline

Read more about the first-year insight scheme here

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Open days

As a second-year student, penultimate-year student, finalist or graduate from any degree discipline, you can apply to attend one of our London office open days. Learn more about us, meet our current trainees, associates and partners and get an insight into commercial law.

You’ll network with members of the White & Case team over lunch and get practical tips on applications and interviews. There’s also a chance to put your decision-making skills to the test in an interactive game. Finish the day with another opportunity to speak to trainees and associates about their work and our Firm.

From 1 October 2020, you can click here to access our online application forms.

  • Open Day 1: 11 November 2020
    • When can I apply: 1 October – 1 November 2020
    • Who can apply? Second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline
  • Open Day 2: 25 November 2020
    • Application dates: 1 October – 15 November 2020
    • Who can apply? Second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline
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Virtual learning programme

Our virtual learning programme is a great opportunity to discover life as a White & Case trainee and experience the stimulating and challenging reality of working as an international commercial lawyer.

You'll gain insight into the fast-paced innovative projects our teams work on and gain valuable skills on true-to-life legal tasks. This experience will be recognised on our application forms and will demonstrate your interest in law and White & Case.

Join our virtual learning programme here.

Events

Our training is comprehensive, the work is cutting edge, career prospects are unlimited and the rewards are excellent. To find out more visit us at our events.

 

 

University Virtual Law Fairs

Please speak to the university law society or careers services for registration details.

Durham University

17 November 2020

Kings College London

27 October 2020

Lancaster University

25 November 2020

London School of Economics

10 October 2020

SOAS University of London

14 October 2020

University College London

02 November 2020

University of Birmingham

11 November 2020

University of Bristol

1 October 2020

University of Exeter

18 November 2020

University of Nottingham

19 October 2020

University of Oxford

21 October 2020

University of Warwick

27 October 2020

Legal Cheek Virtual Events
Aspiring Solicitors Virtual Events
First-Year Virtual Law Fair

2 December 2020

www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk

Non-Russell Group Virtual Law Fair

9 October 2020

21 October 2020

www.aspiringsolicitors.co.uk

Russell Group Virtual Law Fair

12 October 2020

14 October 2020

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78%

 

Retention rate of trainees qualifying in 2020

 

50

Trainees recruited annually in London

 

1

Of the only law firms to guarantee an overseas seat

 

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Ready to apply?

To apply for a first-year insight scheme, open day, vacation scheme or training contract, complete an online application here.

For our two-year training contracts, you can either apply for a vacation scheme or directly for an assessment centre. Applications for vacation schemes are reviewed on a rolling basis, and direct applications for training contracts are reviewed after the deadline of 15 July 2021.

Need additional support?

We understand that every candidate is different, and if you require any extra support throughout our processes and programmes, please do not hesitate to speak with us. You can contact our Disability and Support Champions in confidence via phone: +44 20 7532 2899, or email: [email protected]

 

 

 

Application assessment process

First-year insight scheme:  Online application

Open day:  Online application

Vacation scheme:

  1. Online application
  2. Video interview assessed by the Graduate Resourcing and Development team
  3. Face-to-face interview with one member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team and one associate, plus written assessment.
  4. Assessment during the two-week scheme; research task, group task, feedback from the business
  5. Training contract interview with two partners, including a presentation

Training contract:

  1. Online application
  2. Video interview assessed by the Graduate Resourcing and Development team
  3. Telephone interview with one member of the Graduating Resourcing and Development team
  4. One-day assessment centre: research task, group task, interview with one member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team and one associate
  5. Training contract interview with two partners, including a presentation

Your application

To apply for any of our opportunities, you will need to complete an online application form. 

For vacation scheme and training contract applications only, you will also be required to submit a covering letter as part of your application.

Get tips on how to make your application stand out here

Find out how to write a great covering letter here

Video interview

  • Our video interview process involves answering three questions. You will have 15 seconds to prepare for each question and 90 seconds in which to answer 
  • Before you answer the questions, you will have the opportunity to complete a practice question to help you feel more at ease, and we also share our own hints and tips for success

Get tips from on how to shine in the video interview here

Telephone interview

  • The telephone interview (for applicants applying directly for a training contract only) is 30 minutes in length and will be with a member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team 
  • Questions will focus on those competencies we believe are important for successful trainee solicitors at White & Case

Find out about how to demonstrate your commercial awareness here

Face-to-face interview

  • This is your opportunity to meet with the Graduate Resourcing and Development team, associates and partners 
  • During the interviews, we would like to hear about your experiences, motivations for a career in law and your interest in joining White & Case 
  • You will also be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

Read top EMEA recruiter Christina’s advice for potential trainees here

How many vacation scheme applications do you receive each year?
Approximately 2,500

How much will I be paid on a vacation scheme? 
You'll receive £500 a week.

Who will I be sitting with during the vacation scheme?
During the scheme you'll spend time working alongside an associate, helping them with their legal work. This will give you a real taste of life as a lawyer.

What work will I do during the vacation scheme?
You'll do work similar to that of a trainee, subject to your level of legal knowledge and capabilities.

Who do I address the covering letter on my application to?
Graduate Resourcing & Development Team

How long should the covering letter be?
The covering letter should be long enough to outline your experience but short enough to maintain the reader's interest.

What should I include in my covering letter?
The covering letter should highlight a commitment to a career in international law, a clear articulation of why you want to work at White & Case and the requisite skills or experience you have to become a successful trainee solicitor.

What years are you currently recruiting for?
September 2023 and March 2024

How many training contract applications do you get each year?
Approximately 1,500

What is the starting salary?
£48,000 first-year, £53,000 second-year, £105,000 on qualification.

How many vacancies do you have?
We recruit 50 trainees a year, and 75 vacation scheme participants.

Do you provide sponsorship for law school?
Yes. We will pay the full course fees for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). We will provide a maintenance grant for each full-time law school year.

What practice areas offer trainee seats?
Debt Finance, Capital Markets, Construction Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Private Equity, Energy, Infrastructure, Project & Asset Finance (EIPAF), Employment, Compensation & Benefits, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency (FRI), Intellectual Property, Litigation & Arbitration, Real Estate, Tax, White Collar

Can I choose which seats I do?
Yes, you are able to submit three preferences ahead of every seat rotation. We will consider these preferences alongside business need and training requirements when making the allocations.

How many trainees do you have now?
Altogether, we currently have 82 London trainees.

Is it possible to receive feedback if my online application is unsuccessful?
We appreciate your eagerness to receive feedback, however, we receive in excess of 4,000 applications each year. In fairness to all candidates, we are unable to provide individual feedback at the application stage.

Will my application form be immediately rejected if I don't have the minimum A Level academic requirements?
Whilst we prefer for candidates to have achieved AAB at A Level, we do look at the application as a whole and take into consideration any mitigating circumstances.

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Contact us

To contact the Graduate Resourcing and Development team, please email [email protected] or call +44 20 7532 2899.

 

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Want to know who’ll be involved in your recruitment selection? Here you can put a face to the name before you meet them in an interview, on placement, or at one of our open days.

Graduate Resourcing Partners

Inigo Esteve

Inigo Esteve
Partner, Capital Markets
University of Exeter

 

Victoria Landsbert

Victoria Landsbert
Partner, Real Estate
Imperial College, London

 

Gareth Eagles

Gareth Eagles
Partner, Banking
University of Warwick

 

Laura Prater

Laura Prater
Partner, Banking
Bond University, Australia

 

Edward Attenborough

Edward Attenborough
Partner, Disputes
Pembroke College, Cambridge

 

Simon Caridia

Simon Caridia
Partner, EIPAF
Worcester College, Oxford

 

Mike Weir

Mike Weir
Partner, Corporate
St. Anne's College, Oxford

 

 

 

Graduate Resourcing & Development Team

Christina Churchman

Christina Churchman
Head of Graduate Resourcing & Development, EMEA
 

 

Gemma Barns

Gemma Barns
Graduate Resourcing & Development Manager
 

 

Charlotte Melson

Charlotte Melson
Graduate Development Manager
 

 

 

Natalie Bekos

Natalie Bekos
Graduate Development (HR) Advisor

 

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