Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is one of a handful of leading international law firms, with offices across the world.
Our clients are mainly big commercial businesses whose names are well-known. The type of work we do divides into helping clients achieve what they want through doing deals, advising them on real and potential problems, and helping them sort out their disputes. Our practice is very diverse, and constantly changing to meet our clients’ evolving needs.
We take students on our vacation schemes who are in the penultimate year of an undergraduate degree. You will need to submit an online application. We take both law and non-law students on our schemes. The application window for our 2013 schemes is from 1 October 2012 to 13 January 2013. Since we offer places as we go along, the sooner you apply, the better.
If you want to apply for a training contract to begin in February or August 2015, you will need to apply online between 1 November 2011 and 1 May (for non-law students) or 31 July 2012 (for law students).
Training and Development
Trainees who join our London training programme can move departments every three months, so they can see more of what's on offer. Many other firms are not so flexible. Organisationally, the firm's lawyers work in one of eight departments: corporate; finance; dispute resolution; real estate; intellectual property/IT; tax; employment, pensions and benefits; and antitrust, competition and trade.
All departments provide formal training. But trainees learn most by working for clients alongside the firm's more experienced lawyers. They learn in London and in other offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Some are also seconded to clients.
What we look for
We're looking for people with strong academic qualifications (the ability to achieve a high 2.1 or first at degree level), a broad range of skills and a good record of achievement in other areas.
The firm wants its trainees to come from diverse backgrounds, and their choice of university or degree is immaterial. Current trainees studied at nearly 50 different universities. Many did a law degree, but others read subjects ranging from music to biochemistry.
Whatever their background, trainees need some non-negotiable qualities. They need to be intellectually talented and have excellent English skills. They need to enjoy working on difficult problems, working alongside others, and never doing less than the best they can.
How to apply