Latham & Watkins was established in the US in 1934, by Dana Latham and Paul Watkins. The firm gradually diversified its practice to become a full-service, international law firm, which was voted as the ‘Law Firm of the Decade’ by Legal Business in 2007.
The first office was established in Los Angeles; thereafter offices in Orange County, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Chicago and New York followed. International expansion began in 1990 with the opening of an office in London, followed by offices in Brussels, Barcelona, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Milan and Düsseldorf.
The Asian market was covered with an office in Hong Kong in 1994, followed by offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. In 2008 the firm opened four offices in the Middle East, in Doha, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
At present, the firm has 32 offices with over 2,100 lawyers generating $2.2 billion in global revenue. It has a unique ‘one-firm’ culture with no fixed headquarters. Associate lawyers have representation on all the firm’s administrative committees except the Executive Committee and Finance committee, and take an active role in recruitment and training activities.
Latham & Watkins hires approximately 20 trainees every August. The training contract consists of four six-month seats, including mandatory Corporate, Finance and Litigation seats. During your third or fourth seat there is also an opportunity to spend six months in one of our overseas offices such as Hong Kong, Brussels, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Singapore, Dubai, Paris, Moscow or New York. Trainees share an office with their supervisor in each seat and are also assigned an associate mentor as an extra means of support.
Formal training is provided through Latham & Watkins Academies which are held in the first, third and fifth years post qualification. This is in addition to the practice-based internal training sessions and the PSC during the training contract.
Internships & Placements
Latham & Watkins' London office offers two-week placement schemes twice a year, both during the summer, for candidates who would like to obtain a training contract at the firm.
One scheme is for candiates who are in their final year non-law, who have graduated, or who are doing their GDL or LPC. The other scheme is for penultimate year law students. If you choose to participate in one of our vacation schemes, you will spend time in two of our departments; a week in each. Before arrival you’ll be invited to tell us your preferences in terms of practice areas, and we’ll do our best to place you in a seat that you request. During each seat, you’ll share an office with a supervisor who is a qualified lawyer, and you will be treated like any other Latham & Watkins' trainee.
Latham & Watkins do not offer an apprenticeship scheme.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
We pay £350 per week vacation scheme remuneration. If you train at Latham & Watkins, we offer you the following salary and benefits:
- Payment of GDL and LPC fees, including full repayment if you have completed your studies.
- A maintenance grant of £8,000 for each law school year.
- A bonus of £500 if you achieve a distinction for your LPC.
- A starting salary of no less than £42,000.
- A competitive qualification salary.
- A benefits package that includes life assurance, medical and dental insurance, a stakeholder pension scheme and 20 days’ paid holiday a year.
We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background, which means we expect a minimum 2:1 degree and grades of at least AAB at A-level or equivalent. We look for excellent communication skills and a consistent record of personal and/or professional achievement.