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London Graduate Recruitment

Continuing Our Commitment to Growth

A career with Vinson & Elkins in our London office represents an outstanding opportunity to fulfill professional ambitions.

Nearly 50 years ago, Vinson & Elkins was one of the first U.S. firms to establish an office in London, and the continuing growth of our London office is a vital part of V&E’s overall strategy. Our long-standing and significant experience in London along with our Texas roots gives 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.

Vinson & Elkins currently offers six training contracts commencing in September each year. Training contracts are not run on a rigid seat system, but instead, a trainee will gain wide experience in many different areas simultaneously, working with a variety of associates and partners from across the firm.

Whilst being based in London, trainees often take secondments in our other offices (particularly our offices in the Middle East and Houston), and travel is a likely part of any training contract with us. Trainees will have the support of an associate mentor to provide an extra, and hands-on, port of call for support and assistance.

Vinson & Elkins looks to recruit from the best candidates, and we believe our training contracts reflect this — both in quality of training and work, as well as in the highly competitive salary and benefits:

  • £50,000 for first-year trainees (2020)
  • £55,000 for second-year trainees (2020)
  • £147,500 newly qualified salary (2020)

We also pay LPC and GDL course fees and offer a stipend of £8,000 per annum where eligible to assist with the LPC and GDL year.

Don’t just take our word on it, take a look at Chambers and Partnersprofile of the quality of V&E’s London trainee programme.

For further information about the training programme and V&E as a whole, please contact us at

How To Apply
Applications for 2023 training contracts will be accepted between 18th January – 30th June 2021Please note, we give preference to those students who have completed vacation placements with us.

We view vacation placements as an invaluable tool for allowing both the trainee candidate and V&E 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 week that candidates spend in Vinson & Elkins’ London office, they will get full exposure to the different areas of practice offered in the London office. Not only will a candidate share a room with an associate or partner, they will also have the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of different practice groups during the week.

Our vacation placements are limited. To be eligible, applicants should be, at a minimum, in the penultimate year of their law degree, or final year of a non-­law degree. We would expect all candidates to have achieved a 2.1 in their undergraduate degree and, in the application, clearly demonstrate a genuine commitment to the law and a real interest in our core practice areas.

How to Apply
Interested candidates may apply for a vacation placement between 1st October 2020 and 15th January 2021.

Students in the first year of a law degree or the penultimate year of a non-law degree who would like to learn more about Vinson & Elkins may be interested in attending our Open Day, which will be held in spring 2021.

How to Apply
Applications for our 2021 Open Day will be accepted between 1st November 2020 – 5th February 2021. Places will be allocated after the closing date.

Check back in September for 2020 event dates.

London Graduate Recruitment Contacts

  • Arabella Robinson
    Arabella Robinson
    Trainee Solicitor

    I completed my vacation scheme with V&E and knew soon after starting the week that this was the firm I wanted to work for. I was able to complete work in international arbitration, M&A, ETP, and tax law, all in the space of five days. Instead of getting drawn into one practice area, you get to work on a variety of matters and amongst different teams – you get to meet everybody! Associates and partners are willing and eager to set time aside to sit down and explain their work and give you real-time tasks to help you understand what they do.