Cleary Gottlieb offers an informal and collegial working environment that fosters the professional and personal growth of our lawyers.
We seek individuals, both law and non-law graduates, whom we believe have the exceptional qualities to become the leaders of the profession in the next generation. We look for candidates who are enthusiastic about the practice of law in a challenging and dynamic international setting. Whilst academic excellence is a pre-requisite, we place particular emphasis on recruiting candidates we and our clients will enjoy working with. A sense of humour is as important as the ability to think critically and creatively about cutting-edge legal issues.
We deliberately limit our graduate intake to just 13-15 trainees each year so as to ensure our ability to offer bespoke training that is individually tailored to the interests, experience and aptitudes of the exceptional individuals that join us.
Salary and Benefits
We offer a market-leading salary and benefits package that reflects the premium nature of our practice and is commensurate with our aim to recruit the best lawyers of the future. As at September 1, 2011, our trainee salaries are:
- £40,000 for the first twelve months
- £45,000 for the second twelve months
- £95,000 total compensation on qualification (including 3% pension contribution).
In addition, trainees receive a discretionary, year-end bonus. In keeping with the fundamental principles of the firm, the level of any bonus paid, whether to trainees or associates, depends solely on seniority.
We fund the Legal Practice Course for all our future trainee solicitors. For non-law graduates, we also fund the Graduate Diploma in Law. In each year of professional study, we pay a maintenance grant of £8,000.
Additional benefits includes:
- Healthclub membership
- Private healthcare cover
- Life insurance of twice annual salary
- Long-term disability insurance
- Childcare vouchers
- Employee assistance programme
- Subsidised staff restaurant
We receive a very high number of applications for training contracts each year. To succeed, candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability. We normally expect candidates who demonstrate the ability to attain a high 2.1 degree or better from a leading university and who have achieved at least AAB at A-Level or the equivalent. We look beyond pure exam results to consider other relevant factors. Alongside academic ability, we value evidence of extra-curricular achievement. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset, but are not essential.
When to Apply
Candidates for trainee solicitor positions should apply before July 31, two years in advance of the year in which the training contract is due to commence.
How to Apply
All candidates should submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae via the firm’s website
, including a breakdown by subject of all A-Level (or equivalent) results and degree results where known.
Trainee Solicitor Brochure
to view our current Trainee Solicitor brochure.