INTERNATIONAL • EXCEPTIONAL TRAINING • EARLY RESPONSIBILITY
Vinson & Elkins’ London office offers approximately five training contracts starting in September each year. Trainees become part of our team from day one. We staff transactions and disputes leanly, as we believe it gives our clients a focused team who understands all aspects of their transaction or dispute. This means that each trainee is an integral part of the service provided to our clients. It is not uncommon for trainees to be attending client meetings, engaging with the clients by telephone or email or attending hearings in their first weeks and months at the firm. The firm is dedicated to offering extensive ‘on-the-job’ training and many of our lawyers trained at Vinson & Elkins. Our culture focuses on passing on senior lawyers’ knowledge and experience. The graduate recruitment team focus on ensuring that trainees are involved in a variety of transactions and disputes and work with a broad range of clients. This ensures that the training is balanced and enables our trainees to make an informed decision on where they want to qualify at the end of their training contract. Since its inception in 2003, our London training programme has earned Vinson & Elkins numerous awards, including the “Best Training Principal – U.S. Firm in the City” award in 2018, the “Best Recruiter – U.S. Firm in the City” award in 2017, the “Best Trainer – U.S. Firm in the City” award in 2010, and the “Best Trainer – Medium City Firm” award in 2006, all from LawCareers.Net. From 2007- 2009, LawCareers.Net shortlisted the firm for the “Best Trainer – U.S. Firm in the City” award. From 2012 - 2014, we were further shortlisted for the “Best Recruiter – U.S. Firm in the City” award. Vinson & Elkins is proud to continue to win such recognition – particularly where it is based on independent interviews with people who are going through or have been through our training programme.
While being based in London, trainees often take secondments in our overseas offices, including in the Middle East and our head office in Houston, Texas. Secondments give trainees the chance to experience different legal cultures and to have increased client contact. Whether or not secondments are offered, trainees should expect to travel internationally during the course of their two years. Trainees may also expect to work with lawyers from across the firm’s various offices on a daily basis.
VACATION PLACEMENT & TRAINING CONTRACT
When we are considering offers for training contracts, we give preference to those students who have previously completed a summer vacation placement with us. Accordingly, undergoing a vacation placement with us is strongly recommended. Approximately 25 one-week summer vacation placements in our London office are available per year between June and September. Our vacation placements are designed to give you a real sense of what you would encounter as a trainee in the first six months of your training contract, and have a deliberate emphasis on letting you interview us as much as letting us get to know you.
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