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Our two year program offers a challenging opportunity for learning, exploring and building solid legal skills. Trainees undertake four 6-month seats in our principal areas of work: corporate, litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, and finance. Trainees in each seat work under the direct supervision of a partner.

Our Trainee FAQs provide helpful information.

The 2018 application process is now closed. We will be accepting applications for September 2019 in February 2019.

Trainee FAQs

What is the size of the London office/the size of the firm as a whole?
54 lawyers, 5 trainees, and 40 support staff comprise the London office. Brown Rudnick numbers over 240 lawyers in total.
What are the firm's main areas of practice?
Corporate & Capital Markets, Litigation & Arbitration, Finance, and Bankruptcy & Restructuring.
Are there opportunities to get involved in pro bono work?
Yes. The firm has a strong history of pro bono activity, particularly through the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest. In London, we have a pro bono committee and are a member of Law Works. The cohesive, dynamic nature of the London office means that any and all suggestions for pro bono work will be considered.
How many trainees do you currently have at the firm? How many trainees will be in my intake?
The London office has seven trainees at present and we aim to recruit four trainees per year.
What is the trainee salary?
The starting salary is £40,000.
Do you pay for the GDL and/or the LPC?
No. Law school costs are factored into the starting salary.
Is there an induction program before commencing the training contract?
We have a programme of induction formalities, including IT and library training, during the first few weeks. At the start of the second year of the training contract, we encourage trainees to attend the induction programme for incoming US associates in our Boston office.
How many seat rotations will I undertake during the two year training contract and in which practice areas?
Four seats of six months each in Corporate, Litigation & Arbitration, Bankruptcy & Restructuring and one other, the options including Financial Services and Real Estate Finance.
Will I sit with a partner in each of those practice areas?
You will be supervised by a partner in each area, although the precise seating arrangements will be confirmed prior to each seat change.
Who will supervise my work on a day-to day basis?
Your supervising partner will take overall responsibility for your training in any given seat, and you will get exposure to all of the lawyers in the office over the course of your training contract. You will have senior lawyer contact from day one.
Who will be responsible for my development throughout the two-year training contract?
In addition to your supervising partner managing your development in each seat, the training partner, Chloe Pawson-Pounds, has overall responsibility for the trainees. There is also regular contact and support from the development team in the US.
How will I be assessed throughout the two year training contract?
You will receive regular informal feedback throughout the course of your training contract and receive formal feedback towards the end of each seat.
Is there opportunity for secondment to the firm's other offices or to the firm's clients during the two year training contract?
There is no formal secondment scheme in place, however ad hoc opportunities may arise.
On qualification, will I be able to choose my practice area or will the firm decide?
We will have a discussion with trainees during their final six months about whether there is availability in the practice area of their choice.
What is the starting salary of a newly qualified solicitor?
Currently £107,000.

Meet our trainees

Meet some of our associates who trained at Brown Rudnick: Emma-Jane Price, Imogen Winfield