Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) offer many ways to experience our firm. Whether you join us on an open day, work for us as a brand ambassador, join our insight scheme, a vacation scheme or training contract; all opportunities will provide you with an insight into life as a lawyer at BCLP.​



Before embarking down the path of legal training, you might want more of an insight into what a legal career and an international law firm would look like. We have work experience programs to do just that:


Are you looking for work experience at a global law firm? Do you want to earn up to £500 and work closely with the graduate recruitment team to increase our presence on your Universities campus?


We are now recruiting Brand Ambassadors to act as our eyes and ears on campus, to attend law fairs and events and help launch our newly merged firm.


We will consider applications for Brand Ambassadors from the following Universities and based on the applications we receive will pick 14 Universities to represent us across the UK:


King’s College London, University College London, Durham, Exeter, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, QMUL, York, LSE, Warwick, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Keele, SOAS, Sheffield, Leicester & Cardiff.


Apply via our website and complete an application form. If you are shortlisted we will invite you to interview. If you are hired, you shall be invited to BCLP’s office in London for a training induction day in August 2021.


The deadline for applications is 31/05/2022


To check our eligibility requirements, please click here.


The BCLP Career Kick Start Work Experience Programme is designed to provide Year 12 students from non-advantaged backgrounds with a detailed insight into what it’s like to work in a City law firm.

The programme comprises two weeks as follows:

·         Week One: Wednesday 4 August -  Friday 6 August: Three days at BCLP gaining a real insight into what lawyers do on a daily basis as well as information on the different routes in to the profession, a number of skills sessions to help prepare you for the world of work and the opportunity to take part in a challenge to win a £500 charity donation.

·         Week Two: Monday 9 August -  Friday 13 August: Variety of organisations a week visiting a different organisation each day in a variety of sectors. During the week you will learn how law firms interact with their clients and the different roles for lawyers in these organisations. There will be plenty of opportunities to build your personal network and speak to people from all of the different organisations involved.

In order to apply for Career Kick-Start, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be in year 12 (England & Wales or equivalent in other locations)
  • You are attending, and have attended from ages 11-16 a state funded school*
  • You grew up in a household where no parent/guardian attended university

Students should also meet one or more of the following:

  • You are currently in receipt of, or previously received free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary
  • You have been, or are currently in care
  • You arrived into the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker
  • You have been/is a full-time carer
  • You are attending a state school or college with below average A-Level or Highers point score and/or low rate of progression to higher education

Apply via our website. You will need to complete an online application form, providing a contact for a reference at your school.

For more information, please do contact us at

The deadline for applications is 10/05/2022

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Our industrial legal placement for second year LLB students offers the opportunity to spend an academic year in our London office, gaining practical experience in two market-leading areas – Real Estate and Finance.

Students will benefit from departmental legal training and will expect to receive a diverse range of legal tasks with a high level of responsibility in one department.

The programme will allow students to take part in an assessment centre for a Training Contract at the end of the placement.

The Placement

Students will spend their third year on placement at BCLP commencing in August each year, as part of a four-year qualifying law degree. The internship will be non-rotational, affording students the opportunity to embed in one area of the business and develop high quality legal skills and knowledge.

Each student will also benefit from the firm’s Trainee Solicitor induction programme and department specific training sessions, the supervision of a UK qualified Solicitor, and a trainee ‘buddy’ scheme.

Students will be required to complete a reflective learning log each week whilst on the placement, which will outline work they have undertaken and skills gained.

Application and Eligibility

The programme is open to LLB and ‘Senior Status’ LLB students upon completion of their second year of the UK LLB programme. Students must achieve an average of 2.1 across both their first and second year results to be considered and will be required, if selected, to transfer to the LLB Law in Practice. Mitigating circumstances regarding academic results will be taken into account during application and assessment

The deadline for applications is 31/05/2022


Your legal career at BCLP


Our two-week Summer Vacation Schemes give you the chance to gain some first-hand experience of life at BCLP and the work we do. We run two each year at our London office – one in June and one in July ­– each for around 15-20 students. Here, you'll be very much part of the team, doing live work, and getting involved in everything from research and client meetings to court runs and presentations. (Recent topics have included advising a charity on how they could help prevent the use of the death penalty in Sri Lanka, and delivering a mock M&A pitch to a client). You'll also get to attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, have a sit down lunch with partners and meet regularly with your supervisor. It will all help to develop your skill sets and your knowledge of the firm.

Our Summer Vacation Scheme dates are: 

  • 13 - 24 June 2022
  • 11 - 22 July 2022

Apply via our website, applications close on 31 January 2022

To check our eligibility requirements, please visit our FAQ page


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.

The Graduate Recruitment & Development team, alongside your supervisors will provide guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, they will meet with their partner mentor and a member of the Graduate Recruitment & Development team, to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet those goals. We work hard to match seat preferences with the needs of the business.

Our Trainees benefit from receiving in-depth department training at the beginning and during each seat, which will give them the legal know-how to succeed in their department. Support from a dedicated training team and can expect to receive 232 hours of training by the time you are a qualified lawyer.

When approaching qualification, we will meet with trainees several times during the qualification process to talk through the direction that they want to go in, the options open to you and to understand what you are looking for from their career. We work hard at ensuring that trainees stay within the firm, placing them in areas of work in which the trainee wishes to pursue a career. Our intention is to be open with you, and to try to ensure, ultimately, that you stay with us beyond the training contract.

Innovation seat opportunities during the training contract

BCLP is introducing a unique opportunity for trainee solicitors to complete an innovation seat during their training contract. The first innovation seat will be in core real estate in London starting this September and will be expanded across other departments in due course.

The innovation trainee will be integrated into the practice group in question, but a significant percentage of their time will be allocated to a tailored innovation programme comprising three phases:

Phase One: focused on innovation upskilling encompassing deep dives on various technology platforms, as well as training on creative and process-oriented skills such as design thinking.

Phase Two: reviewing problem statements relevant to their practice group, with facilitated ideation sessions to explore, refine and pitch various potential engineered solutions.

Phase Three: a practical project to build a minimum viable product (MVP) with a view to implementing the solution for use by the practice group beyond the end of the trainee’s seat.

Apply on our website. We are recruiting for March 2024, September 2025 and March 2025.

Applications close on 31 May 2022

For a full job description please click here.

To check our eligibility requirements, please visit our FAQ page


We have recently launched two new industry-specific training contracts in the UK in real estate and financial services, with candidates able to apply for either from September 2021.

The new training contracts offer flexible seat options based on the sector, one of the four seats being compulsory.

The firm’s core real estate seat will be compulsory during the Real Estate Sector route, with an opportunity to experience a range of complementary seats such as planning and zoning, commercial construction, tax, investment management, real estate disputes and real estate finance.

Similarly, the financial services training contract will have the firm’s Finance Transactions Practice as a compulsory seat, with a choice between the following complementary seats: corporate transactions; energy, environment and infrastructure; financial services disputes & investigations; tax; technology, commercial and government affairs; and real estate finance.

Apply on our website. Applications close on 31 May 2022

For a full job description please click here.

To check our eligibility requirements, please visit our FAQ page


We firmly believe that our trainees are the future of our firm and we invest heavily in helping you fulfil your potential. Our investment commences before you start work here and continues throughout your career. We will enroll you on our bespoke LPC at BPP University.



  • Anna Wong, Associate

    "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."

  • Kate Pooler, Junior Associate

    “It was my first seat and I was swimming in the deep end. Although only four months into my time in our Corporate Finance practice, I found myself part of a team negotiating an £150m deal for an International food manufacturing group. I was there, in the room with Partners and Associates, with clients from both sides and lawyers from other firms. The negotiations were fraught, and went on for an unremitting 30 hours.

    The level of exposure I had was astonishing – myself and my counterpart, a lawyer from another firm who was two years’ qualified, were both making amends, turning documents, drafting minutes and arranging signing formalities;  I was seeing the decisions that were driving those tasks play out live in the negotiation room. The whole experience was incredibly rewarding and I was extremely grateful for it.”

  • Caroline Stocks, Associate

    " It was the night before Christmas Eve, a point at which many people had already set off for the holidays. Whilst on secondment in our Hong Kong office, I had been lucky enough to be left in charge of completing a deal worth over US$100m, for a client who was looking to purchase a fleet of aircraft. The deadline was less than 24 hours away when an issue emerged. If the deal wasn’t closed as planned, our client would start incurring interest on an aircraft he did not yet own.The pressure was immense. I worked overnight, across time zones, liaising with various parties in Singapore, Beijing, London, Ireland and Spain to come up with a solution. We managed to get the deal across the line on schedule and the client was full of thanks."


If you have a question, we'd love to talk with you in person at one of the many University events we run or attend.