Students & Graduates

Why join us

Intellectually challenging work from day one

High-profile client projects, nuanced local market knowledge and global capabilities define who we are. As a trainee, you'll work on challenging, sophisticated and complex cross-border matters across both the developed and fast growth markets where rules are still being made (often with our help). You'll be an integral member of your team and have genuine responsibility early on in your career.

With 14 Global Practices and eight Global Industry Groups, White & Case has a place for you, whatever your area of interest. As a global firm, we're strategically focused on handling complex, cross-border work. In London, you will progress through a structured sequence of practice rotations to give you broad exposure early on in your career.

Working across borders

Over the past 100 years, we’ve built an unrivalled network of 44 offices in 30 countries. That investment is the foundation for White & Case’s client work in 180 countries today.

Many of our clients are multinational organisations with complex needs that require the involvement of multiple Firm offices. You'll work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with colleagues across the global network on multijurisdictional matters, and experience the operational realities of cross-border law. We believe global exposure is an integral part of becoming a great lawyer, and our trainees have the chance to shape their own career progression, with a guaranteed six-month secondment in one of our overseas offices.

Commitment to growth

We're strategically committed to substantial growth—in numbers of clients, revenue and profitability, and lawyer headcount. For you, the increase in our associate numbers means more opportunity for career advancement.

Download our recruitment brochure to learn more.

 

 

 

I was attracted to White & Case because of its global mind-set and seamless interaction across its offices around the globe. I wanted to work in an environment where borders really do not matter.

Lauren Vallender
Trainee Solicitor, London
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I chose White & Case for its elite all-round international practice. It has a sterling practice in London, the best of any law firm in the City with an American heritage. The guaranteed secondment sealed the deal.

Kal Leung
Trainee Solicitor, London
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I was initially drawn to White & Case because of its global network and ability to facilitate transactions spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Liz Blum
Associate, 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
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I chose White & Case due to the international nature of the work and the opportunity to gain experience abroad through the international seat.

Grace Williams
Trainee Solicitor, London
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There is no stereotypical White & Case trainee, but in a nutshell, team players with leadership, creativity and character excel at this Firm.

Ben Judge
Associate, 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
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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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I wanted to work for a vibrant, diverse, forward-thinking firm that had an expansive global reach—White & Case was exactly that.

Elle Illingworth
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
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I enjoyed a short secondment to one of the Firm’s key clients as part of my banking seat. This gave me the opportunity to develop my legal skills and take ownership over the matters on which I was working.

Lucy Rogers
Trainee Solicitor, London
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Our work

White & Case's reputation is built on an ability to execute tough deals in challenging places, whether at the highest levels of global corporate life, in transitioning markets or across our London-New York axis.

We have a team of 455 lawyers, including 122 partners, all working on international and cross-border projects. The London office has been a key pillar in our long-term five-year growth strategy and in 2018 contributed US$350 million in revenue. Our key areas of work include:

  • Bank Finance (including Regulatory Compliance), Financial Restructuring and 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 are proud of our achievements—global revenue of more than US$2.05 billion in 2018, three practices rated Band 1 in Chambers Global, top ranked for diversity and pro bono programmes—but we will not rest on our laurels. In 2015, we launched an ambitious five-year growth strategy that has, and continues to, strengthen our position as a top-of-mind firm for global clients—and an employer of choice for top talent.

Citizens of the world

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship describes our role—as a business and as individuals—as active participants in the global community.

White & Case is 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, which include our pro bono work and environmental sustainability, are closely aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Pro Bono

Our Global Pro Bono Practice is the centerpiece of our community engagement activities. Last year, lawyers in all our offices and in every practice devoted nearly 120,000 hours to pro bono matters.

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.

Approximately 60 percent of our pro bono matters help strengthen human rights around the world.

We expect every lawyer to complete a minimum of 20 pro bono hours each year.

Examples of London pro bono projects:

  • Whitechapel Mission homelessness advice clinic
  • University House Disability Benefits Appeals advocacy programme
  • Corporate advice for social enterprises
  • Creating a disaster risk management law index for the International Red Cross

Volunteering and charity

Many of our team building activities have a charitable or volunteer focus. In London, we support our Charity Partner Place2Be, which provides specialist mental health support to children within primary and secondary schools. Our fundraising will support Place2Be's work in 20 London schools, providing up to 9,000 children with much-needed mental health services.

Equal opportunity for all

Our Equal Opportunity Policy promotes equality at work and ensures no one suffers unlawful discrimination, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. We aim to treat all employees fairly and consistently, encouraging good working relationships and high standards of conduct and work performance.

Diverse and international

We say that diversity is in our DNA. Diversity and inclusion are inherent core values for us, embedded in all we do in our offices around the world.

As a truly global law firm, we're driven to recruit, retain and advance people of diverse backgrounds who will strengthen our business and our work across practices and regions. As well as our global women's network, we support nine different affinity groups worldwide. Our diversity work includes a focus on:

BAME 
Our focus on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lawyers aims to address the historic underrepresentation of people of colour in the legal profession, and to empower and support BAME lawyers and professionals within our Firm.

LGBTQ+
The London Spectrum LGBTQ+ Affinity Network reflects our commitment to our London office lawyers and business services employees who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who do not identify as LGBTQ+ and wish to support this network as allies.

Our Global Women's Initiative
Led by a committee of female and male partners including a member of our Executive Committee—focuses on ensuring that women here have the opportunities and experience they need to excel and advance to leadership roles.

Diversity Events

We have a number of events taking place throughout the year that offer the opportunity to prospective candidates from diverse backgrounds to network with our members from these affinity groups.

Please visit the 'join us' section below for details of these opportunities.

DiversCity is a unique recruitment event and mentoring programme aimed at raising awareness of pursuing a legal career in London among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students at the degree and postgraduate level. White & Case has been involved in the DiversCity initiative since 2016.

DiversCity is taking place on Thursday 5 December 2019 in London, and travel expenses will be reimbursed. If you are interested in attending the event or would like to know more about the initiative, please visit diverscityinlaw.net or find us on social media at facebook.com/DiversCityInLaw or twitter.com/DiversCityinLaw.

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Your training programme, your career

You'll be part of an excellent training programme which gives you real responsibility from the very outset of your career.

You get to shape how your career develops and where. Arbitration in New York? Corporate in Dubai? Bank Finance in Prague perhaps? We're one of the only firms to guarantee an overseas training seat. Not as a gimmick, but because almost all our work is cross-border, so we need lawyers with international experience, outlook and networks.

Four-seat structure

We structure our training programme to meet both your short-term career goals and long-term aspirations. So—how does it work?

You'll rotate through four six-month seats, one of which will be in finance and one overseas. To gain contentious experience, you can choose a seat in dispute resolution, intellectual property or construction. Alternatively, if contentious work is not for you, you can join the Litigation Training Programme. Wherever possible, we take into account your personal preferences when finalising your seat rotation.
 

Support and development

Our trainees work alongside an experienced supervisor, whose job it is to make sure you get plenty of opportunities to expand the skills, knowledge and experience you need to develop your own career path. A high-stretch, high-support firm, we are committed to providing ongoing support and the best on-the-job training possible.

The Graduate Development and Resourcing team stay closely involved in your progression throughout the training contract. They receive monthly training records and liaise directly with your supervisor about the relevance, variety and volume of work you're doing.

Of course, some of your training will be more formal. You'll complete both compulsory and elective modules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Professional Skills Course in-house, during your induction programme and period of training. We also run in-house courses, specialist seminars and workshops for trainees, which you're encouraged to attend.

As you manage and plan your career, both during training and after qualification, you'll have plenty of support. Our Associate Career Framework lets you know exactly what's expected of you as an associate at each stage of your development and is supported by an unmatched global programme of training courses.

Your overseas seat—guaranteed

Most of our clients are multinational organisations, so almost everything you'll work on will cover more than one jurisdiction. To help develop a taste for global thinking, we guarantee a six-month overseas seat in one of 15 locations across our global network. Participating offices include: Abu Dhabi; Beijing; Brussels; Dubai; Frankfurt; Geneva; Hong Kong; Johannesburg; Moscow; New York; Paris; Prague; Singapore; Stockholm; and Tokyo.Many trainees describe this overseas seat as 'career changing', as they gain valuable insight into the working practices of another jurisdiction and build professional contacts that last throughout their careers.

With five practice areas and 15 locations there is a lot to consider when submitting your overseas seat preferences. These considerations will be taken into account along with business needs and ensuring you have a well-rounded period of training when making the allocations. While speaking the local language should help you settle in, it's not vital, as you'll be predominantly working on English law matters in English. Wherever you go, we'll fully support relocating you and remain in regular contact throughout your time there.

Here's what you'll receive:

  • The same level of personal training—including a supervisor to ensure you get the most out of your time overseas
  • Free language lessons for selected overseas seats
  • Cost-of-living adjustment while you are overseas
  • Free accommodations for six months
Settling in—your induction

Before joining your first practice area, you will attend a bespoke three-week induction programme, designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to start your career as a trainee solicitor. Sessions include how to time-record, research skills training, how to manage your clients effectively, advocacy and communication skills, financial and business skills and IT training, to name but a few examples. There are also opportunities to socialise with your intake at events such as white water rafting and go-karting.

In your first few weeks of working, you will also be invited to attend weekly lunch & learn sessions, each dedicated to a practice area at White & Case. These sessions are designed to provide an overview of the practice area, the type of work they do and the tasks you can expect as a trainee working in that area. This information will help you decide which direction you would like your career to go in and where you would like to spend your next six months. It's also a great opportunity to meet new colleagues from other teams and start building a network of contacts within the firm, an essential ingredient in your career development.

At the beginning of each seat you will be given a departmental induction, specific to the group you are joining. These sessions are run by the Professional Legal Support team, associates and partners from each group. Throughout your seat you will also be encouraged to attend regular training sessions including team updates and courses run by external training providers.

Future trainees

We are always keen to involve our future trainees in as much as possible before they join to help them feel part of the Firm before their first day. We understand it might not always be possible owing to other commitments, but here are some of the things you could look forward to getting involved in, if you choose.

April / June / December

Vacation scheme social events
You can come along and network with our vacation scheme participants to help provide them with insights on the Firm. Recently our future trainees have joined our vacation scheme participants for crazy golf, sushi-making and an escape room game.

June

Graduate resourcing summer party
This party is just for future trainees, current trainees, the Graduate Resourcing & Development team and members of the Firm who are directly involved with our trainees. This is a great opportunity to get to know or catch up with other trainees over food and drinks.

September

LPC welcome talk and afternoon tea
Inigo Esteve, Training Principal and Partner, the Graduate Resourcing and Development team, and BPP's Co-Director of LPC programmes will take you through what you can expect from the LPC. First seat trainees will also provide you with their top study tips. The session will then finish with an afternoon tea with your fellow LPC cohort.

Diversity month
Every year the London office hosts a packed agenda for our month dedicated to diversity. We have had a number of prominent guests in the past including Joanna Lumley, Lenny Henry, Claire Baldwin, Gareth Thomas, Ali Smith and the London Gay Men's Chorus.

October / November

Law fairs
This is a chance for our future trainees to join the Graduate Resourcing and Development team and current trainees to stand on the other side of the table to answer questions from candidates who are just beginning their journey into law.

Careers dinners
We hold careers dinners for prospective recruits at a number of universities. In addition to partner, associate and trainee alumnus, it's always great to have our future trainees attend to provide their insight.

December

Winter ball
This is the Firm party of the year and a chance to celebrate the festive season with your future colleagues

All year round—sports teams
Play for the White & Case football, netball or volleyball teams and compete against other law firms in the City.

Diversity groups
As you will know, White & Case takes diversity seriously and our ALLiance Women's Network, Spectrum – LGBTQ+ and Link – BME groups all host regular events which our future trainees can attend.

Learn more about our training programme from our current trainees

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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Who we're looking for

There is no such thing as a typical White & Case trainee. We recruit people from all walks of life, from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Even so, there are a few key qualities we always look for. Intelligence and academic excellence are essential. Your interest in us suggests you have the ambition, drive and determination to become a successful global lawyer.

Next, the way you think is crucial. You'll enjoy the intellectual challenge of analysing how the law works and being creative, yet commercial, in how you interpret it. Your clients will come to depend on your lateral thinking, your focus on detail and your ability to resolve complex issues or structure international transactions.You're a team player, on whom colleagues can rely to perform tasks accurately, efficiently and on time. Integrity is vital too. Not only to maintain your clients' and colleagues' trust, but to uphold our reputation. In other words, your professional standards have to be beyond question.

You won't be afraid of hard work, as you'll be working for a leading global law firm where the client always comes 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.

If you're up for the challenge, then this is the place to be.

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Join us

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 work experience programme 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.

Many of our previous participants find that these immersive experiences help them not only decide on the right career choice and firm, but also build friendships and start to build their professional networks too.

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

Virtual work experience programme

Our virtual work experience programme offers the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into life as a White & Case trainee and experience the realities of cross-border law.There is no cost for the programme; it is self-paced to fit around your schedule, and no application form or legal knowledge is required.

You'll gain insight into the fast-paced cutting-edge projects our lawyers and trainees work on, and gain valuable skills by undertaking true-to-life legal tasks.This experience will be recognised on our application forms, and it is a great way to demonstrate your interest in law and White & Case.

Wherever you are based, we want to give everyone the opportunity to get to know us. If you're globally minded and ambitious, join our virtual programme here.

First-year insight scheme

The two-day scheme, specifically designed for first-year students from any degree discipline, is to help introduce participants to the many areas of law, different types of firms and help confirm or dispel any myths associated with becoming a lawyer. Participants will receive useful guidance on ways in which they can begin to strengthen their future applications, and have the opportunity to meet different members of the White & Case team informally throughout various networking events. During the scheme, time is also spent work-shadowing with one of our trainees, providing insight into the day-to-day role of a trainee at White & Case.

Event dates

  • Scheme 1: 6 - 7 May 2020
  • Scheme 2: 13 - 14 May 2020
    • Application dates: 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020
    • Who can apply? First-year students from any degree discipline
    • Click here from 1 October 2019 to access our online application forms
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 open days. The purpose of our open days is to provide participants with useful insight into White & Case and the training we offer. During our open days, there will be an introduction to our business and an opportunity to hear about the role of a trainee from some of our current intake.

Participants will be able to network with members of the White & Case team over lunch before receiving practical tips on applications and interviews, and having the opportunity to put their decision-making skills to the test in an interactive game. The day will finish with a further opportunity to speak with various White & Case employees about life at the Firm.

Event dates

  • Click here from 1 October 2019 to access our online application forms.
    • Open day 1: 13 November 2019
      • Application dates: 1 October - 3 November 2019
      • Who can apply? Second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline.
    • Open day 2: 27 November 2019
      • Application dates: 1 October – 17 November 2019
      • Who can apply? Second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline.
    • WCAN open day: 1 November 2019
      • Application dates: 1 October – 21 October 2019
      • Who can apply? Members of WCAN (Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network).
    • Middle Eastern open day: 11 November 2019
      • Application dates: 1 October – 1 November 2019
      • Who can apply? Students and graduates interested in exploring a career with White & Case in the Middle East.
    • BML open day: 29 November 2019
      • Application dates: 1 October – 19 November 2019
      • Who can apply? Members of BML (Black Men in Law)
  • ​Click here from 1 October 2019 to access our online application forms.

 

Vacation schemes

A vacation scheme is a great way to experience first-hand what life is like as a White & Case trainee. Each year, we have up to 75 places available on our winter, spring and summer schemes. You will play an active part in the London office by sitting with your supervisor and supporting them with their client work.

There will be opportunities to learn about the Firm and its practice areas in more detail, understand the training programme we offer, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to network at social events. Throughout the scheme, you'll receive continued support and feedback from your supervisor and the Graduate Resourcing and Development team. You will also have the valuable support network of your peers attending the scheme with you—you are by no means competing against each other during your time with us so you can relax, enjoy the scheme and get to know your future colleagues.

The social side of office life is important too, and you will have plenty of opportunities to network at social events, such as sushi-making classes, indoor crazy golf and go-karting. You will also be taken for lunch by your supervisor during the scheme—a great opportunity to get to know them on a more informal level outside of the office.

Event dates

  • Winter vacation scheme: 9-20 December 2019
    • Application dates: 1 October 2019 – 6 November 2019
    • Who can apply? Finalists and graduates from any degree discipline
  • Spring vacation scheme: 23 March – 3 April 2020
    • Application dates: 1 October 2019 – 15 January 2020
    • Who can apply? Penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline
  • Summer vacation scheme: 15-25 June 2020
    • Application dates: 1 October 2019 – 15 January 2020
    • Who can apply? Penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates from any degree discipline
Training contract

We understand that it is not possible for all applicants to complete a vacation scheme. If you apply directly for a training contract, and are successful at the video interview and telephone interview, you will be invited to an assessment centre in the summer.

The day will closely mirror the assessments used on our vacation schemes, including a research and drafting exercise requiring you to read through a range of articles on a commercial topic in order to draft answers to questions asked by a fictitious client.

You will also be interviewed by an associate and a member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team. The interviews will focus on your motivations for wanting to join White & Case, and your suitability to the role.

The day does not just focus on assessments; you will also be taken out to lunch by some of our trainees, providing you with an opportunity to ask them any questions you have about the Firm. Successful applicants will be invited back after the assessment centre for an interview with two partners, incorporating a commercial presentation element.

  • Who can apply? Second-year students, penultimate-year students, finalists or graduates
  • Start dates: September 2022 and March 2023
  • Application dates: 1 October 2019 – 15 July 2020
Application assessment process

Assessment process

  • First-Year Insight Scheme
    • Stage 1: Online Application
  • Open Day
    • Stage 1: Online Application
  • Vacation Scheme
    • Stage 1: Online Application
    • Stage 2: Video interview assessed by the Graduate Resourcing and Development Team
    • Stage 3: Face-to-face interview with one member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team and one associate, plus written assessment.
    • Stage 4: Assessment during the two-week scheme-research task, group task, feedback from the business
    • Stage 5: Training contract interview with two partners, incorporating  commercial presentation
  • Training Contract
    • Stage 1: Online Application
    • Stage 2: Video interview assessed by the Graduate Resourcing and Development team
    • Stage 3: Telephone interview with one member of the Graduating Resourcing and Development Team
    • Stage 4: One day assessment centre-research task, group task, interview with one member of the Graduate Resourcing and Development team and one associate
    • Stage 5: Training contract interview with two partners, a incorporating a commercial presentation

 

Online 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 are required to complete a covering letter as part of your application. This is your opportunity to explain in your own words why you wish to pursue a career in commercial law at White & Case. Consider including why you think you would make a suitable trainee at the Firm.

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.

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 largely focus on those competencies we believe are important to becoming a successful trainee solicitor at White & Case.

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.

How to apply and seeking the support you need

To apply for a first-year insight scheme, open day, vacation scheme or training contract, you will need to complete an online application form by following this link.

To secure a training contract, 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 2020.

We understand that every candidate is different, and if you require any additional support throughout our processes and programmes then 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].

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

Meet the team

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
Partner, Capital Markets
University of Exeter

 

Victoria Landsbert
Partner, Real Estate
Imperial College, London

 

Gareth Eagles
Partner, Banking
University of Warwick

 

Laura Prater
Partner, Banking
Bond University, Australia

 

Edward Attenborough
Partner, Disputes
Pembroke College, Cambridge

 

Carina Radford
Partner, EIPAF
University of York

 

Jarlath McGurran
Partner, Corporate
Queens University, Belfast

 

 

Graduate Resourcing & Development Team

Christina Churchman
Head of Graduate Resourcing & Development, EMEA
 

 

Gemma Barns
Graduate Resourcing & Development Manager
 

 

Charlotte Melson
Graduate Development Manager
 

 

Yohanna Wilson
Graduate Resourcing & Development Specialist
 

 

Anna Rowles
Graduate Resourcing & Development Advisor
 

 

Natalie Bekos
Graduate Resourcing & Development Assistant

 

Merregan Brown
Graduate Resourcing & Development Administrator
 

 

Frequently asked questions

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 2022 and March 2023

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 attendees.

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?
Bank Finance, Capital Markets, Construction Corporate M&A, Corporate PE, 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 81 London trainees.

Can I complete the training contract assessment process remotely?
Although there are elements of the application process that can be completed remotely, such as the application stage and video interview, we do require candidates to attend a full-day assessment centre within our London office. This is due to candidates having to complete activities such as a group exercise and a written task which cannot be done remotely.

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.

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.

Title
Law fairs
Location
Edinburgh

25 September 2019

Location
Bristol

3 October 2019

Location
St Andrews

9 October 2019

Location
Leicester

10 October 2019

Location
SOAS

16 October 2019

Location
York

16 October 2019

Location
Leeds

17 October 2019

Location
Nottingham

21 October 2019

Location
Queen Mary

21 October 2019

Location
Sheffield

21 October 2019

Location
Warwick

22 October 2019

Location
KCL

22 October 2019

Location
LSE

22 October 2019

Location
Cambridge

24 October 2019

Location
UCL

28 October 2019

Location
Oxford

9 November 2019

Location
Birmingham

13 November 2019

Location
Durham

19 November 2019

Location
Exeter

20 November 2019

Location
Lancaster

20 November 2019

Title
Careers dinners

To attend a careers dinner event, follow the link to apply.

Location
London universities

presentation and networking
10 October 2019

Location
Bristol

16 October 2019

Location
York

24 October 2019

Location
Warwick

28 October 2019

Location
Nottingham

29 October 2019

Location
Cambridge

30 October 2019

Location
Oxford

14 November 2019

Location
Durham

28 November 2019

Location
Exeter

28 November 2019

Title
Skills sessions

To attend a skills session at your university, please speak to the university law society or careers services for registration details.

Location
Bristol

03 October 2019

Location
St Andrews

08 October 2019

Location
Leicester

10 October 2019

Location
York

16 October 2019

Location
Leeds

17 October 2019

Location
Sheffield

21 October 2019

Location
Nottingham

22 October 2019

Location
Warwick

22 October 2019

Location
Birmingham

13 November 2019

Location
Durham

19 November 2019

Location
Exeter

19 November 2019

Location
Lancaster

20 November 2019

More than lawyering

You've worked hard to get where you are, and we expect a lot of you. But we also ensure you are well supported, have plenty of ways to engage with activities outside the office and are well rewarded for your work.

The social network

There's no rule that says you have to join in with the social side of office life, but most people do and thoroughly enjoy themselves in the process.

Being in the heart of the City and with the rest of London right on your doorstep, there's plenty of fun to be had and experiences to enjoy and share with your colleagues, including office outings to events, the theatre, galleries and wine tastings.

There's the office Summer Party, Winter Ball, Carol Concert and Charity Quiz, plus practice-focused retreats where you help set the strategy for the coming year—or dragon boat racing along the Thames. We also hold a Graduate Resourcing Summer Party in a landmark venue such as Somerset House, The Barbican or ZSL London Zoo, specifically for current trainees, future trainees and vacation scheme participants.

We have office teams for most sports. Plus, each year one of our offices hosts the White & Case World Cup, in which both football and volleyball teams from around the world gather to compete. Also, let's not forget our annual client cricket match.

Salary and benefits

At White & Case, we balance high performance with great rewards. As a leading global law firm, we're able to offer trainees a leading global remuneration package—another reason why joining White & Case as a trainee is even more appealing.

Course fees and maintenance grant
White & Case pays your GDL and LPC course fees and provide a maintenance grant of £7,500 for the GDL and £10,500 for the LPC.

Loan
On day one of joining White & Case, we can provide you with an interest-free loan of £4,000 repayable over the course of your period of training.

Salary
We have a competitive starting salary of £48,000, increasing to £53,000 in your second year. Salaries on qualification are £105,000.

Awards
We award our trainees with a bonus for obtaining a distinction upon completion of the LPC.

Unpaid leave
You're eligible for up to six weeks' of unpaid leave on qualification.

Flexible benefits
We have a flexible benefits scheme, which you can tailor to suit your particular lifestyle. Currently, benefits include private medical insurance, dental insurance, life assurance, pension, critical illness cover, travel insurance, retail vouchers, gym membership, season ticket loan, Give As You Earn, skin cancer screening, cycle to work scheme, a health and wellness account of £500 and much more.

Your long-term career with us

Our training contract will equip you with the skills, experience and support you need to kick-start your career in law. Upon qualification, we hope that trainees will stay and use their new-found expertise to help us continue developing. Your training doesn't stop once you qualify. Continuing personal development is at the heart of all our lawyers' careers, supported by a career framework that clearly sets out what is expected of you as your role develops.

We provide world-class training and development opportunities, which help you build the skills you need to navigate complex transactions for clients around the world. We want enthusiastic, motivated people that we can see being a key part of the Firm in five, 10 or 15 years' time.

Contact us

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

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White & Case LLP 
5 Old Broad Street 
London EC2N 1DW 
United Kingdom 
+44 20 7532 2899
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