Training contracts at Linklaters

We’re the only law firm with market-leading teams across the full range of practice areas. And it’s only possible because of our exceptional people. It’s why there’s something else that sets us apart: training and support. 

Every year, we offer Training Contracts to ambitious people from a range of backgrounds, both law and non-law students. Join us and you’ll work on very high-profile deals, supported by ongoing training, great benefits and a unique culture. You’ll find our people are supportive and responsive, at every level. We’re committed to social mobility and diversity. And we’re proud to report that this year, 91% of our qualifying Trainees chose to stay with us. We give intellectually curious people the support and flexibility they need to thrive. So join us, and live your ambition.

About us

Trainees recruited each year

Over 2,000



Offices globally

Over 70

Languages spoken


The Training Contract comprises four seats of six months each. This is so you have sufficient time to develop your skills and expertise in a particular area and to experience different stages of transactions. As we have market-leading expertise across the full range of practice areas, you will work on the most complex and high-profile deals in each of your seats under the guidance of leaders in their fields. Spending six months in each of your seats allows you to truly experience a range of high quality work within that area of practice and to develop your expertise through continuous training and feedback.

Most of the work we do is cross-border in nature. Since over two-thirds of our trainees spend a seat on an international secondment, plus a further one-third undertaking a client secondment, you can expect a truly international and multi-dimensional experience through a training contract at Linklaters.


In each department, you will sit with a principal. A qualified lawyer in the department, they will provide overall training and supervision for that seat, mentor you as you learn the role and act as a guide for your future career. Each practice group also has a Group Trainee Solicitor Partner who is responsible for supporting you as you develop and discussing your options for career development. At key stages during your Training Contract you will discuss your progress with the Trainee Development Team and draw up a plan of which practice areas you will experience for the remainder of your Training Contract. Our Training Contract is specifically designed to give you input into the content of your training, as well as the flexibility to change your preferences as you go along.


Linklaters LLP
London (Greater)
Job Type


What our staff say...
Wallace Martin-Kerr
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Quotation-Marks-24 [square]  We have few rivals when it comes to the quality of work we present to clients, the breadth of support we receive even as Trainees and the flexibility of our working patterns.

Matthew Daffurn
Managing Associate

Quotation-Marks-24 [square]  Whether you studied law or, like me, took a conversion course, the Linklaters Law & Business School provides a number of courses that teach you the foundation elements of law.

Victor Oderinde

Quotation-Marks-24 [square]  I was drawn to the expertise and the level of exposure that Trainees get on large, complex deals.


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