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, Keele, SOAS, Sheffield, Leicester & Cardiff.


How to apply: 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.


The deadline for applications is 1 May 2019.


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We offer an Insight Scheme to provide students with an insight into the firm, allowing students to  join us for work experience and see our culture .

During the Insight scheme, students will be assigned a trainee buddy for the duration of the week. You will shadow the trainee in a department and be given typical 'trainee tasks' so you can see what a trainee would do day-to-day. We also organise a series of talks and workshops, to give you more information on what life is like in a major law firm and to also help build your skill set.

The scheme is a week in duration and will take place from 8 - 12 April 2019. To be eligible for the scheme you must be a first year law student or penultimate year non-law student.

How to apply: Apply via our website and complete an application form. If you are shortlisted we will invite you to interview. If successful you will then receive an offer.

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2019


by the PRIME initiative and also a part of the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP) this programme allows Year 12 students access to a City Law firm for work experience. PRIME was launched in 2011 by the legal sector to provide fair access to quality work experience in law firms for young people. SMBP was subsequently created to provide a further week of work experience in corporate legal teams.

The programme comprises two weeks as follows:

  • Week One (29 July - 2 August 2019) - A week at BCLP’s offices, gaining a real insight into what lawyers do on a daily basis via work shadowing, as well as information on the different routes in to the profession and a number of skills sessions to help prepare you for the world of work.
  • Week Two (5 – 9 August 2019) – A week visiting a different organisation each day in a variety of sectors – including sports, financial services and media. During this 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 network speak to people from all of the different organisations involved.

How to apply: to apply, you will need to complete an online application form, providing a contact for a reference at your school. Deadline for applications will be at the end of February 2019.

For more information, please do contact us at


Your legal career at BCLP


There is no better way to experience BCLP than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We run three a year and typically take 20 students per scheme.

You will benefit from getting to choose the departments you sit in and 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.

But it won't all be work! You will have lots of opportunities to network with firm members in social settings: lunch with partners, various social events with trainees, and firmwide events.

The recruitment process for our schemes are the same as our recruitment process for training contracts. First is the 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.

Our 2018/19 scheme dates are:

  • Winter 2018: 3 - 7 December 2018
  • Summer 2019: 10-21 June and 1-12 July


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.

We are recruiting for March & September 2020 intakes (spaces are limited), March 2021, September 2021 and March 2022.

For a full job description please click here.


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 Masters in International Legal Practice (LL.M+ ), the first course of its kind. The LL.M+ has wider and more comprehensive, practical and international subject coverage than any other available LPC programme and is designed to prepare you much more practically for the start of your career.

Even better, while you’re studying we’ll typically make an investment in you of around £40,000 to cover the cost of your fees, living costs and in providing lots of additional training. Time and money well spent.


  • 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. 



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