Ambitious and entrepreneurial graduates are rewarded at Reed Smith with a training programme that is supportive, challenging and exciting, offering unparalleled client and international secondments. Our unique culture, which allows trainees to turn passions into careers, is one of the reasons our lawyers remain with us for such a long time, moving seats, jobs roles and even countries, but sticking with the firm. 

We offer stimulating work in an informative, challenging and busy environment where your contribution counts from the year before you join, with our unique MA/LPC programme, through to the end of your training contract. With four seats over two years, you choose the practice or industry group areas you would like to experience, as well as benefiting from a client or international secondment. Our intake per year is 25, meaning that at any given time, we will have 50 trainees in total.  

MA (LPC with Business): we were the first in the sector to develop a new version of the LPC that fully integrates legal and business learning and leads to a unique Master’s qualification. This bespoke programme not only allows you to study commercial and legal aspects in parallel, but also gives you an unrivalled opportunity to apply your business learning based at a client in the summer term of the programme. 

Where you’ll be based as a trainee: our London office, based in The Broadgate Tower, is now the largest in the firm. This state-of-the-art building provides an exceptional workspace and 360-degree views from our cafeteria on the 31st floor. 

Your trainee induction: our training programme starts with a detailed 2.5-week induction course to discover how the firm works, build some vital practical skills and begin to complete core modules of your Professional Skills Course (PSC). 

Your peers: the first relationships you’ll form at Reed Smith will be with your fellow trainees, who will help you develop and prosper throughout your training contract. As part of the process, you’ll also link up with a ‘buddy’ – a more experienced trainee solicitor who will provide guidance and support to help you through your first six months (and often beyond). In addition, we offer mentoring support in each practice group from a junior associate, for those conversations about qualification or more advanced topics. 

More training if you are hungry for it – and developing your own skills: in addition to training to introduce you to our practice areas, you will attend on-going training on updates and developments with the partners and associates. We are also keen to allow you to develop your own coaching and mentoring skills, so encourage our trainee cohorts to mentor those more junior to them on the MA (LPC with Business). 

And then you move into your first seat: while classroom learning is important, your practical legal training and experience is where you really learn how to be a lawyer. During each seat, you will get regular feedback from your supervisor to help you gauge your progress, including a mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisal.

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Chloe Muir
0203 116 3000
Reed Smith, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2RS