Training contract A unique place to grow We offer stimulating work in an informative, challenging, and busy environment. Your contribution counts from the year before you join, with what is currently our unique LLM Commercial Legal Practice course, moving to the Professional SQE from 2022, through to the end of your qualifying work experience. With four seats over two years, you choose the practice or industry group areas you would like to experience, and you can benefit from a client or international secondment. What this will look like… The Professional SQE year is a combination of paid work (2 days a week) and study (full time or 3 days a week) prior to the Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) period. After graduation (either your law degree or the GDL) you will start a period of full time remote study from wherever you are in the world, focused on Business Skills with the College of Legal Practice (COLP); followed by the SQE Foundations and SQE 1 preparation with BARBRI. Your first Business Services placement working 2 days a week with Reed Smith will begin in October, at which point you will be working in our London office. For 3 days a week you will continue studying either for the SQE 1 or 2 exams with BARBRI, or for the Advanced Knowledge & Skills with COLP, which are vital to your success as a trainee during the QWE. This concurrent studying and working will allow you to complete an applied Masters-level Professional Project related to the work you are doing, and have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in business skills and the elements of an innovative and “O Shaped” lawyer. During the 2 day a week, 4 month-long placements, you’ll likely rotate through two roles in different business services teams at the firm, one of which may be client-facing. You will also have the advantage of being fully inducted at Reed Smith; building an understanding of our systems, business processes and a network of contacts throughout the firm before starting your QWE. You’ll be fully confident in talking to senior leaders, how to work with and influence your colleagues, and how to navigate the law firm environment. This experience will enable you to truly hit the ground running unlike any trainee has done before – starting your QWE as an experienced member of the Reed Smith team.
Dates for your diary SPRING AND SUMMER VACATION SCHEMES Applications open: 1 October 2021 Deadline: 17 December 2021 Event date: Spring and Summer 2022 OPEN DAYS SESSION Applications open: 1 October 2022 Deadline: 29 October 2021 Events: 9 November 2021 “Who are Reed Smith” 11 November 2021 “A Day in the life of Reed Smiths Trainees and Associates” (Panel Session) 16 November 2021 “Diversity and Inclusion at Reed Smith” 18 November 2021 “Reed Smith Applications and the SQE”
Why Reed Smith We’ve been at the forefront of legal educational change since we launched our Masters in Law and Business in 2012 which many other law firms subsequently emulated; and this Professional SQE is the evolution of that offering. We thrive on creating innovative and inventive ways to ensure our trainees and our future lawyers are at the cutting edge of legal developments. Our Professional SQE brings together elements of the O Shaped lawyer offering and vocational professional training; ensuring our trainees gain an integrated and commercial understanding of working in a law firm so that they are equipped to succeed in the adapting legal services environment, while also meeting the SQE requirements as set out by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Where you’ll be based as a trainee Our London office, based in the Broadgate Tower, is now the largest in the firm. This state-of-the-art building provides an exceptional workspace and 360-degree views from our cafeteria on the 31st floor. Your trainee induction Your training and induction programme will start when you join us when studying for the SQE, this will mean that when you start your qualifying work experience you will be ready to hit the ground running. Your peers The first relationships you’ll form at Reed Smith will be with your fellow trainees, who will help you develop and prosper throughout your training contract. As part of the process, you’ll also link up with a ‘buddy’ – a more experienced solicitor who will provide guidance and support to help you through your first six months (and often beyond). In addition, for those conversations about qualification or more advanced topics, we offer mentoring support in each practice group from a junior associate. Skills development Cornerstone is a training programme designed specifically for Trainees giving bespoke, dedicated professional and interpersonal skills training to provide the foundation for a successful Training Contract/QWE and transition to NQ and beyond. Topics such as Workplace Resilience and Time Management are covered. In addition to training to introduce you to our practice areas, you will attend on-going training on updates and developments with the partners and associates. We are also keen to allow you to develop your own coaching and mentoring skills, so we encourage our trainee cohorts to mentor those more junior to them.
In addition to a competitive salary (£45,000 per annum during your first year moving to £49,000 per annum in your second year, plus benefits), our trainee solicitor benefits package includes: • 25 days’ annual holiday • Permanent health insurance • Life insurance • Contributory pension scheme • Season ticket loan • Staff introduction bonus • Conveyance fees reimbursed for domestic conveyance
A flexible benefits package which includes: • Critical illness • Dental insurance • Private medical insurance
• Health screening • Travel insurance • Personal training • Cycle to work scheme • Discounted gym membership • Restaurant card • Give as you earn (GAYE
To apply for opportunities, please visit our website: www.reedsmith.com/ukgraduates Email us: Graduate.firstname.lastname@example.org
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