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There are lots of ways to start living your ambition with Linklaters. Answer these simple questions and we will match you to the scheme that is right for you.

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Indian Internship

Every summer, we run a four-week internship in London for penultimate-year law students in India. It's an exceptional opportunity to experience our work, our people and our culture: there's no better way to discover whether Linklaters is right for you.

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Vacation Scheme or Training Contract

A law degree isn’t necessary to become a solicitor. About 40% of our trainees haven’t studied law as an undergraduate degree. The route for non-law graduates is slightly different as you have to complete a conversion course after your degree (the Graduate Diploma in Law). We pay the course fees and provide maintenance grants for this programme. We encourage final year non-law students to get to know us by applying for our Winter Vacation Scheme, but if you've missed the deadline or think you already know enough about us you can also apply directly for a Training Contract.

The Winter Vacation Scheme is a two-week programme that combines real life work experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. Throughout your time with us, you will have access to experienced lawyers who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback. If you are seriously considering Linklaters, this scheme is a great way to get a head start in your career. Click here for more information on the Winter Vacation Scheme.

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Winter Vacation Scheme or Training Contract (law or non-law)

A law degree isn’t necessary to become a solicitor. About 40% of our trainees haven’t studied law as an undergraduate degree. The route for non-law graduates is slightly different as you have to complete a conversion course after your degree (the Graduate Diploma in Law). We pay the course fees and provide maintenance grants for this programme. We encourage final year non-law students to get to know us by applying for our Winter Vacation Scheme, but if you've missed the deadline or think you already know enough about us you can also apply directly for a Training Contract.


The Winter Vacation Scheme is a two-week programme that combines real life work experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. Throughout your time with us, you will have access to experienced lawyers who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback. If you are seriously considering Linklaters, this scheme is a great way to get a head start in your career. Click here for more information on our Winter Vacation Scheme.

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Training Contract or LLM Programme

We run a structured recruitment programme for students taking an LLM in the US or in the UK, aiming to recruit highly talented lawyers for a large number of our offices. The LLM recruitment programme is launched in October and you can find further details regarding the list of offices actively participating in the year's programme on our corporate site. Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming qualified in England and Wales as a solicitor, look into our Training Contract opportunities. If you have not undertaken an undergraduate law degree in the UK, you will need to complete all or part of the GDL.

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Law Training Contract

Once you are in your final year of study and you are sure you want to come to London to start your career as a commercial lawyer, you can apply for a Training Contract.

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Australian Clerkships

Between November and December, we run a four-week clerkship in London for penultimate-year law students studying in Australia. It's an exceptional opportunity to experience our work, our people and our culture: there's no better way to discover whether Linklaters is right for you.

The clerkship is aimed at law students in their penultimate year of university and we welcome applications from all leading Australian universities. 

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Winter Vacation Scheme or law Training Contract

Once you know that you want to be a commercial lawyer, you need to decide who you are going to apply to for a Training Contract.

If you are still deciding, apply for our Winter Vacation Scheme and come to spend some time with us to find our what life is like at Linklaters. If you already know enough about us and eager to train at Linklaters, you can apply for a Training Contract with us.

The Winter Vacation Scheme is a two-week programme that combines real life work experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. Throughout your time with us, you will have access to experienced lawyers who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback. If you are seriously considering Linklaters, this scheme is a great way to get a head start in your career. Click here for more information on the Winter Vacation Scheme.

Scottish Universities: Law degrees

If you read a Scots-Law degree and want to train as a solicitor in England and Wales, you'll need to complete the GDL and LPC before starting a Training Contract with us. Graduates who have studied a degree in Scots-Law may be eligible for exemption from parts of the GDL. This depends on the content of your law course, and it is recommended that you check with your university and the Solicitors Regulation Authority for more information. If exemptions are not granted for your degree, you will need to complete the entire GDL.

Irish Universities: Law degrees

Since September 2004, law graduates from Irish universities looking to train as a solicitor in England and Wales need to have undertaken English Land Law within their degree. Because of this, some Irish universities have incorporated English Land Law components into their degree courses to satisfy this requirement. If English Land Law is not part of your degree, you will have to pass a Land Law assessment as a stand alone module on the GDL before taking the LPC. It is recommended that you check with both your university and the Solicitors Regulation Authority to find out more information.

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Winter Vacation Scheme or non-law Training Contract

A law degree isn’t necessary to become a solicitor. About 40% of our trainee intakes haven’t studied law and go on to become some of our leading partners and advisors. The options open to you as a non-lawyer are slightly different as you have to complete a conversion course after your degree. We encourage final year non law students to get to know us by applying for our Winter Vacation Scheme, but if you've missed the deadline or think you already know enough about us you can also apply for a Training Contract.

The Winter Vacation Scheme is a two-week programme that combines real life work experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. Throughout your time with us, you will have access to experienced lawyers who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback. If you are seriously considering Linklaters, this scheme is a great way to get a head start in your career. Click here for more information on the Winter Vacation Scheme.

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Summer Vacation Scheme

Our Summer Vacation Scheme is designed for penultimate-year law and non-law students. We have designed a vacation scheme that successfully combines real life experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. The hands-on part of the scheme will see you working alongside experienced lawyers in two different practice areas, doing the same kind of work as our trainees. Our professional development sessions are designed to give you a broader understanding of our global business strategy and the demanding environment in which we work, as well as giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in areas such as business analysis, mediation and pitching to a client. Throughout your time with us, you’ll have access to experienced lawyers who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback.

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Pathfinder Scheme

We are always looking to attract exceptional people at the earliest possible stage. We provide a unique opportunity for first year students, offering a two-day event to combine your desire to gain a real insight into a career in commercial law, whilst equipping you with the skills and guidance needed to take the next step onto a vacation scheme. You will spend your time gaining an understanding of our practice areas and the type of work you could expect on a vacation scheme, through interactive workshops and presentations, mixed with social events, skills sessions and work shadowing.

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