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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. While academic excellence is a pre-requisite, we place particular emphasis on recruiting candidates with whom we and our clients will enjoy working. A sense of humour is as important as the ability to think critically and creatively about cutting-edge legal issues.
While our aim is to recruit 5-8 trainees to join us in September 2018 or March 2019, we will only recruit those candidates that we think have a long-term future with us.
Vacation Schemes
We offer up to 18 vacation places each year (6 in winter, 6 in spring and 6 in each of two summer schemes).
The vacation schemes aim to provide potential training contract applicants with a practical insight into life as a Cleary lawyer. Our objective throughout is to involve participants directly in client work. In addition to providing hands-on experience, the scheme incorporates a series of practice overview sessions designed to ensure exposure to the full range of work that we undertake in London. There are also a number of organised social events so that participants can get to know the current partners, associates and trainees of the firm outside the office.
• Qualification Requirements. We receive a very high number of applications for vacation scheme placements and training contracts each year. To succeed, candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability. We normally expect candidates to be on course to attain a high 2.1 degree or better from a leading university and to have achieved at least AAA at A-Level or the equivalent. Alongside academic ability, we value evidence of extra-curricular achievement. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset, but are not essential.
• When to Apply. Applications for winter vacation placements will open on 1 October 2016. Successful applicants will be invited to join an open day programme. Applications for spring and summer vacation placements will open on 1 October 2016. Successful candidates will be invited to join an open day programme.
• How to Apply. All candidates should submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae via the Contact Us link, including a breakdown by subject of all A-Level (or equivalent) results and degree results where known.