Five law firms that you should be applying to

Five law firms that you should be applying to

Solicitor or barrister? Magic Circle or US? Law degree or conversion course? It seems that the road to becoming a lawyer is full of difficult questions. Choosing which firm suits you is a largely personal choice, but we have compiled a list of a few leading firms that stand out as market leaders.


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An elite New York firm, Milbank specialises in high-end corporate finance law. If you like the idea of focussing on the law relating to financial services and related areas (e.g. Competition), Milbank could be the right firm for you.


Slaughter and May

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A Magic Circle firm, Slaughter and May is often regarded as one of the most prestigious firms in the world. Specialising in corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, the firm has represented a large number of FTSE 100 companies. If you like the idea of working on deals that will hit the headlines, Slaughter and May is a great place to be!


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

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Better known simply as Skadden, this firm specialises in major transactions and, in contrast to some of the more narrowly-focussed US law firms, has a strong litigation department too. Skadden trainees get to spend six months in their New York, Hong Kong, or Brussels office as part of their training contract in addition to their London seats.


Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie is an elite international law firm, with a broader variety of specialisms than other firms, with their departments including Real Estate, Commercial, and Banking, as well as many more. Being an international firm, Baker McKenzie offers trainees the chance to apply for international secondments with its clients and in its offices abroad.



Careers at Freshfields

Like Slaughter and May, Freshfields is a member of the elite Magic Circle of top UK law firms. With a long history of representing major clients (over three-hundred years of it!), matters Freshfields works on regularly feature in the news. Freshfields has also recently opened an office in Silicon Valley. Let’s hope they start offering trainees the chance to take a seat in sunny California! 

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