Here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we provide aspiring lawyers with a variety of ways to gain an insight to the firm. We offer four week vacation schemes twice a year over summer, providing students with a real insight into the kind of tasks you may expect as a trainee. You will also benefit from experiencing our culture to help you make an informed decision on whether you would like to train with the firm. In addition, we have our Training Contract allowing you to start your journey to becoming a legal expect.
There is no better way to experience BCLP than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We will be running two schemes across summer 2019 and we will typically take between 6 -8 on each scheme. The duration for each scheme is four weeks, allowing you to get a great insight into the firm.
You will benefit from getting to state your preferred choice of departments to experience on the programme and you will be assigned a trainee 'buddy' for you to shadow. You will very much be 'part of the team' and will be involved in every aspect of the department; from client meetings to court runs. Apart from actually doing real client work, you will also attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, to help build up your knowledge about Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and improve your skill set.
You will also have a number of opportunities to network with firm members in social setting including a dinner with firm members.
To apply, we ask that you complete an online application form and verbal reasoning test, and then if you are successful, we'll invite you to an assessment centre. During the scheme, you will be offered the chance to have a final round training contract interview with the partners.
Our 2019 scheme dates are:
3 June 2019 – 28 June 2019
1 July 2019 – 26 July 2019
A core part of our firm's vision is to provide a better place to work than our competitors; this is not limited to the firm's culture, but also includes the best work, client, career opportunities and development. Central to that is the quality of our training and commitment to continuous learning.
When you start at the firm you will participate in a comprehensive induction programme in London, which is designed to prepare you for practice and to equip you with the practical skills needed to excel as a trainee here.
You will work on real projects from the outset and you will have the opportunity to undertake either a client or international secondment . You will meet with a member of the Graduate Recruitment & Development team every six months, to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet your long term career aspirations. In addition, you will benefit from having a dedicated mentor to support you throughout your Training Contract.
If you are successful in securing a Training Contract, BCLP will cover the course and maintenance fees for the PCLL course which needs to be completed in accordance with the Hong Kong Law Societies regulations prior to starting your Training Contract.
"We were recently working on a high-profile corporate real estate transaction involving a Hong Kong client looking to acquire a landmark building in the City. I quickly found myself corresponding with the client, negotiating documents with the sellers’ lawyers and leading update calls with the wider legal advisory team on the buyer and seller side. The night before exchange, I was working with the team to get documents agreed and signed to ensure that we could get on a call with the client and the sellers’ lawyers at 10am the next morning to confirm that exchange has occurred. After the call, the Senior Associate I was working with was very quick to recognise my work, thanking me for my time and efforts for getting the deal over the line. That, together with the client’s excitement and praise of the team’s dedication and efforts, made all of the work completely worth it."
"By my second seat, I was making key decisions on challenging cases. One client had been in a litigation dispute for years. We decided to lodge winding-up proceedings against the other side. Deadlines were tight and procedures had to be followed. Crucially, I had to obtain a certificate of compliance. That meant preparing vital documents and advertising the petition. The final deadline before the hearing was fast approaching, however we got the certificate and achieved our goal. It was especially challenging as I’d been working on other non-contentious cases and business development matters at the same time – but I had the support of the Partners and Associates throughout. Along with my six-month secondment to London, the experience really stood out. It helped me to develop the all-round skills you need as a lawyer."
"Possibly the most challenging and exciting period I have experienced to date was this January, about four months into my training contract. As the only trainee in the Hong Kong Asset Finance team at the time, I was working on many transactions. That in itself was nothing unusual, as trainees are always involved in the groundwork of transactions. But this was an exceptional two-weeks where, over the course of 10 days, I personally closed eight transactions. I think this level of involvement for a trainee is in stark contrast to what people would expect. It shows that the firm has placed its confidence in me and is willing to give responsibility to its trainees from the beginning of their legal career."