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Early Careers at Reed Smith

As a top international law firm, we are able to offer our trainee solicitors extraordinary opportunities to interact with some of the best lawyers in their field along with top quality work and opportunities for career development.

Some of the opportunities we offer are:

Trainee Solicitors

For the ambitious graduate wishing to train as a commercial lawyer, we offer trainees first-rate work in an informative, challenging and busy atmosphere where your contribution counts from day one.

Training Programme

While ‘classroom’ training is very important, your practical legal training and experience is where you really learn how to be a lawyer. We handle only commercial matters, both contentious and non-contentious and offer training in many areas including company, commercial and finance, commercial litigation and employment law along with the business skills essential to success as a solicitor. Trainees undertake 4 seats of 6 months' duration and you will be able to choose from this wide range of disciplines as well as international and client secondments.

Throughout your training contract you will gain experience and receive training in a variety of areas including advocacy and oral presentation, negotiation and legal research. During each seat, you’ll get regular feedback from your supervisor to help you gauge your progress.

Qualifications and Skills

We look for candidates who are on target for or have achieved a 2.1 or above at degree level (or the equivalent). This can be in any discipline. We are also looking for you to demonstrate that you have the skills and behaviours which would expect from our trainees and these are as follows:

Legal Skills

  • Practice Skills and Knowledge – learns the basics
  • Research and Analysis – approaches research and analysis logically
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills – communicates clearly and concisely; is a good listener

Citizenship

  • Developing Self and Others – actively makes use of opportunities to further own development
  • Teamwork and Collaboration – works co-operatively with colleagues
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills – communicates clearly and concisely; is a good listener

Business Skills

  • Leadership – understands Reed Smith’s strategy, values and policies
  • Matter and Financial Management – manages own time commercially

Clients

  • Client Relationships – seeks to understand and meet client needs
  • Business Development – builds knowledge of the firm’s capabilities and establishes relationships

Summer Vacation Scheme

The summer vacation scheme is an excellent opportunity for you to experience life at Reed Smith and find out what it takes to be a Reed Smith lawyer. The scheme runs twice each year and there are twelve spots on each scheme.

Once on the scheme you will have the opportunity to experience two mini-seats in our wide variety of practice areas, plus take part in a range of skills sessions and social activities. You will also be offered the opportunity to interview for a training contract with us.

The scheme is aimed at penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.

Open Days

Our Open Days are one-day events designed to help you develop your overall business awareness and learn more about a career in law. We will give you hints and tips on our recruitment process and you will have the opportunity to see if you think you could be a Reed Smith Lawyer.

What are the benefits?

We think you will find our Open days stimulating and valuable but don’t just take our word for it…here is what two of our open day attendees thought of their experiences.

“I really enjoyed my day at Reed Smith – it was very tailored and gave incredible insight into the firm’s clients and business strategy. I liked the commercial focus of the firm and the collegiality and friendliness of their trainees”. Shuhena Bhanu, Graduate Open Day Attendee.

“Reed Smith’s open day was by far the most interactive, insightful and relevant open day that I have attended! The business development exercise and Nigel Spencer’s talk were invaluable as they enhanced my commercial awareness. The day provided a unique opportunity of exploring Reed Smith’s fantastic culture. Lucy, Ella and the trainees were really friendly and approachable”. Songul Matyar, Undergraduate Open Day Attendee.

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