Prepare well. Do some research — find out about the firm and the job you are applying for. The interviewer is sure to ask you why you want to work for us, so make sure you have a good answer ready.
Read the legal press, make sure you’re up-to-date with the trends in the legal market and any significant deals/work the firm is involved in.
Re-read the application form/ cover letter you submitted. They’ll have that with them at the interview, and will almost certainly ask you questions from it, so make sure you are familiar with what you wrote.
Dress for success. Always dress modestly and smartly (a suit is best). Remember it’s a professional, business-like image you want to portray.
Body talk. Don’t slouch or mumble, and avoid verbal tics such as “like”, “you know” and “sort of”. Try and maintain eye contact when appropriate. A firm handshake is best, but try not to break any bones.
Training contracts Apply
Learning at Weil is designed to get you on your feet and practising law quickly, encouraging and enabling you to take ownership of your career. In one of the best training programmes in the City, you’ll get plenty of personal attention, combined with early responsibility, and the opportunity to play a meaningful role in headline-making deals.
RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, DAILY
~ Working one-to-one. Working closely with partners and other senior lawyers, you’ll develop important relationships, learn from seeing experienced lawyers in action, gain experience in a wide variety of areas, and maintain high visibility.
~ Learning from leaders. Our lawyers enjoy mentoring trainees, developing their legal skills and commercial judgement. You’ll share an office with either a partner or an associate, and share their workload. You select a mentor to support and coach you on non-transactional issues. The Training Principal and the Graduate Recruitment Manager are always at hand should you need further support and advice.
~ Constantly evolving training. Our regular programme of topical and standard training is designed to foster a spirit of teamwork and innovation, changing, as it does, to meet fee earners’ needs in the commercial arena.
~ Variety as standard. You’ll learn in different formats of activity, being invited to seminars, workshops, associate programmes, lunches and days away, with the emphasis on practical, interactive sessions.
~ Complementary expertise. Qualified lawyers present regular training sessions covering a wide range of topics, designed specifically for trainees.
~ A wealth of support material. A video/DVD library and knowledge databases of past training sessions.
~ A comprehensive induction. This sets the initial tone and offers a steady foundation with a valuable introduction to Weil, our London office and your department, which will also include IT training, professional standards and compliance training, and an introduction to all support teams.
We aim to offer secondments to our overseas offices, including New York, Silicon Valley and Paris.
Trainee secondments are awarded carefully based on merit and performance, and the candidate’s ability to be an ambassador for the London office.
- Trainee Salary of £41,000 rising to £45,000 by beginning of fourth seat
- Newly-qualified salary of £90,000
- Performance-related bonus - Full sponsorship of both GDL and LPC, plus maintenance grants of £8,000 a year
We operate an online flexible benefits system, the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Benefits Exchange, which allows employees to select a number of additional benefits to purchase.
Core benefits (non-flexible benefits) include: - Permanent health insurance - 5% non-contributory pension - Private medical insurance - Life assurance - Health screening - Birthday holiday - Annual leave of 23 days, rising by one day per year of service, up to 28 days
Optional/Flexible benefits include: - Well-being allowance (can be used to select a number of optional benefits, such as gym membership)
- Buy/sell up to 2 days annual leave per year
- Critical illness cover - Dental cover - Interest-free travel season ticket loan
- Ride2Work voucher scheme - Retail vouchers.
APPLYING FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT
We offer up to10 training contracts each year, taking great care with the selection of each trainee.
~ Apply online at www.weil.com/ukrecruiting
from 1st November to 31st July
~ We invite selected candidates to do an online verbal reasoning test
~ We invite selected candidates to a first interview, scheduled to last 45 minutes, with one graduate recruitment partner and either the Graduate Recruitment Manager or an associate from our graduate recruitment team
~ We invite successful candidates to attend an assessment day at our offices in London. This starts at 10am and finishes by 5pm and includes: about the firm
scheduled to last 45 minutes, with a similar panel to the first
presentation, no advance preparation required.
~ The graduate recruitment team then meet to discuss the assessment day results and notifies candidates.
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