Trainees and summer associates

Many of our partners, including our Senior Partner, began their life in law as a trainee with us.

  • 70 trainees globally
  • 15 offices
  • 34 of our partners trained with Kennedys

Our training contracts and summer associate programme are designed to develop lawyers who will be the future of Kennedys. 

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Our two-year training contract allows you to develop relevant experience and skills that will set you up in your career as an excellent solicitor. During your training contract, you’ll complete four six-month seats across our core practice areas of Insurance and reinsurance, Liability, Healthcare and Commercial. We also offer exciting secondment opportunities to global offices and UK clients.

We offer training to ensure that you are supported throughout your training contract. You’ll be given the opportunity to attend in-house and external seminars, whilst having access to a large array of online skills and technical learning via our internal Learning Management System.

We offer training contracts in our Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Taunton offices. Applications for our 2021 training contracts are now open.

We also have opportunities for Bermudian law graduates looking to embark on their career by undertaking a training contract in London.  Applications for a September 2021 start are open now and you can find out more about the success of the training programme here.

Find out more about our current trainee opportunities, and read about a day in the life of a trainee and legal professionals.

Check our website over the coming months to learn how we will recruit trainees following the introduction of the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exam), which is anticipated to come into effect 2021.

In January, we run a one-week vacation scheme in our London office, offering the opportunity to experience what it would be like to work as a trainee at Kennedys in the UK. During the week, you will be allocated a supervisor who will be responsible for your day-to-day tasks as well as a trainee buddy to support you. We arrange a schedule of activities during the week, to give you the opportunity to learn more about Kennedys whilst we get to know you too.

We ask for feedback from your supervisor after the week has finished, to help with our decisions on making training contract offers. We then offer training contract positions to start the following year.

Applications for our 2020 winter vacation scheme are now closed.

To be considered for a training contract in our Hong Kong office, you will need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve, a 2:1 degree in law. You must also be fluent in Chinese and English. Additionally, before you start your training contract, you must complete the PCLL (Postgraduate Certificate in Law) and pass this on your first attempt.

The training contract application process opens in March each year, which involves submission of a CV and transcripts. Applications for our 2020 and 2021 training contracts are now open. The deadline is 30 September 2019 for a 2020 start, and 30 November 2019 for a 2021 start.

The interview process opens in May each year, and involves written assessments and an interview with two partners. If successful, you will then be invited back for a two-week internship during the summer. 

If you are unable to participate in the two-week internship, there will be an opportunity to attend an interview to be assessed for a training contract.

During the training contract, trainees usually experience four six-month seats, to ensure they gain experience in at least three of the following areas: banking; civil litigation; commercial; company; criminal litigation; family; insolvency; intellectual property; property; trusts, wills and probate. Trainees are allocated a supervisor during their seats to guide and mentor them during their training.

To apply for a Relevant Legal Training (RLT)/Training Contract (TC) in our Singapore office you will need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve, a 2:1 degree or higher*, have relevant intern experience and a real desire to undertake the work Kennedys Legal Solutions specialises in; Commercial Litigation, Aviation, Marine, Insurance, Corporate and Real Estate.  Mandarin skills (writing, reading and speaking) is advantageous but not essential.

The application process opens in September each year and involves written assessments and an interview with two partners. We encourage candidates to apply for RLTs and TCs commencing in August 2020, August 2021 and 2022.

Trainees will be given the opportunity to be involved at an early stage in assisting with file management, complex research, drafting of pleadings, affidavits and submissions.  You will learn directly from partners and senior lawyers, shadowing them at Court and at client meetings and will be given exposure to our global practice to give you a varied and high quality workload. 

All trainees are assigned a mentor to help guide and support them through their  RLT/ TC.  We also have a partner dedicated to overseeing your RLT/TC. 

In May 2015 local law firm Legal Solutions LLC, and international law firm Kennedys, entered into a JLV to create Kennedys Legal Solutions Pte Ltd.  Kennedys Legal Solutions is one of the few international law firms in Singapore operating under a joint law venture.  All RLTs and TCs are offered via, and supervised by, Partners of Legal Solutions LLC.

*Any degree obtained from an overseas university must be in line with Ministry of Law’s regulations on approved universities.

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