London Recruitment at V&E
We believe that a career with Vinson & Elkins in London represents an outstanding opportunity to fulfill your professional ambitions.
Forty years ago, Vinson & Elkins was one of the first U.S. firms to establish an office in London, and the continuing development of our London office is a vital part of V&E's international strategy. Our long experience in London and our Texas roots give us a unique perspective and a rich and friendly culture, which those who have joined us find refreshingly different.
Our strategy for growth in London is simple, yet effective: to build steadily on our strengths and to focus on the long term. We believe that by hiring the best lawyers and giving them every opportunity to develop their practice in a supportive environment, they will flourish, and so will our firm.
You can view our graduate recruitment brochure here.
V&E currently offers between three and four training contracts commencing each September. These are not run on a rigid seat system, but instead a trainee will gain wide experience in many different areas simultaneously, working with a wide variety of associates and partners from across the firm.
Whilst the trainees are based in London, our firm has a formal secondment programme to other offices (particularly our offices in the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Houston), and travel is a likely part of any training contract with us. In addition to the Training Principal (currently Mark Beeley) and his team, trainees will have the support of an associate mentor (appointed for the full two-year training contract for continuity) to provide an extra, and often first, port of call for support and assistance.
Vinson & Elkins looks to recruit from the best candidates, and we believe our training contracts reflect that — both in quality of training and work as well as in the highly competitive salary (not to mention benefits) we offer (£40,000 for first year trainees and £42,000 for second year trainees, with a newly qualified salary of £80,000). We also pay LPC and GDL course fees and offer a discretionary stipend (of up to £7,200) to assist with the LPC year. We hope that our trainees are drawn to us for more than the financial rewards, however, and we pride ourselves on the quality of training V&E offers and the high retention rate of trainees on qualification.
Don’t just take our word on it, however. Chambers and Partners recently profiled the quality of V&E's London trainee programme, observing, “Trainees praised V&E’s training contract for its flexibility, calling it a ‘loose system’ in which ‘you can gain experience in whatever area you express a particular interest in.’” Read our full review here. In addition, we are proud of the fact that we have won awards for the quality of our training contract from LawCareers.Net.
Training Contracts Commencing 2016
We have now completed our recruitment of trainees for 2014 and 2015, but if you are interested in applying for a training contract commencing in 2016, you should strongly consider applying for a vacation placement with us for the summer of 2014. V&E views vacation placements as an invaluable tool for allowing both you and us to assess each other, and accordingly, when considering training contract applications, we give first preference to those who have completed a placement with us. During the course of the one or two weeks you spend in Vinson & Elkins’ London office, you will get full exposure to the different areas of practice the office offers, and will as much as possible be treated as though you were a first-seat trainee, in order to give you a real insight as to what life in V&E would be like.
Applications for placements should be made (from 1 November 2013) by way of our online application form before the end of February 2014. Please note that places are limited and that from the end of January will be assessed on a “first come, first served basis.”
Applications for training contracts should also be made by way of our online application form and should be submitted before 31 July 2014. We aim to make awards of training contracts for 2016 by 30 September 2014. Please note that while we do give first preference to our vacation placements students, we do also accept applications from those who have not undergone a placement.
In assessing candidates for both vacation placements and training contracts, we look for evidence of academic ability of at least a 2-1 standard, as well as a genuine commitment to the law and a real interest in our core practice areas. As might be expected, evidence of strong social skills, organisation, commercial awareness, and common sense is expected as well.
Read more about Vinson & Elkins’ London office.