Legal Operations Training Programme

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APPLICATIONS FOR OUR THIRD COHORT, TO JOIN THE LEGAL OPERATIONS GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAMME IN SEPTEMBER 2023, ARE NOW OPEN!

The Legal Operations Training Programme is our graduate scheme designed to recruit talented individuals into our Legal Operations teams.

Our Legal Operations teams are involved in a wide range of projects from legal project management, business intelligence and pricing, legal tech, innovation, knowledge management and more. Over a two year period you will work with almost all of our talented team members across these disciplines as you conduct a minimum of 4 rotations. 

What are the rotations?

You will conduct a minimum of 4 rotations in the following disciplines:

  • Legal Project Management – incorporating best practice and enhancing client service delivery
  • Business Intelligence and Pricing – providing data, analysis and insight to support commercial decisions
  • Legal Technology* – finding solutions that fix real problems faced by our lawyers and clients
  • Innovation* – rethinking the way in which we deliver legal services
  • Knowledge* – a fundamental component of any legal business

*In addition to these rotations you will have the opportunity to go on secondment either within our business or to the legal operations function of a client.

For example, you might be seconded to other teams across Business Services, such as Responsible Business or our Technology department to experience other firm wide projects. Last but not least, during your innovation rotation you may also have the opportunity to work in the legal operations team of a client to see the work we do from the client’s perspective.

What training will I receive?

Training Course that has been developed with the University of Law and Positive Pricing. As part of this course you will be equipped with the basic concepts and skills needed to succeed as a legal operations professional. But, the Legal Operations Training Course doesn’t stop there. Over the remaining two years you will meet with other members of the cohort working at different City firms to share experiences and network.

The course will prepare you for the nature of the legal practice the firm conducts and the markets in which we and our clients operate, so that you can understand Legal Operations in context.

In addition to the course you will receive on the job technical training and we have created a learning and development plan that will continue to cultivate your professional skills throughout your two years with us. This includes a dedicated mentor and coach to help you thrive.

Who are we looking for?

In order to qualify for this programme you must be a graduate or final year university student with three good A levels (or equivalent) and a 2:1 degree (or equivalent work experience). We are also looking for the following skills:

  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • commercial awareness
  • basic financial acumen
  • basic project management
  • awareness of the importance of data analytics
  • Excel skills
  • an ability to build relationships and engage with individuals at various levels of seniority
  • an ability to develop consulting and influencing skills and an awareness of how to make change happen
  • an ability to simplify complex concepts to make information readily accessible
  • an ability to work with mixed teams of people
  • an awareness of technologies in operation in law firms and an ability to rapidly pick up and work with technology
  • an awareness of major IT developments impacting the business environment.

We will consider all qualifying applicants, irrespective of their chosen degree discipline, and we are open to more experienced graduates as well as those who have completed their course of study more recently.

The rationale for our flexibility regarding background is simply that we aim to employ those with the brightest minds, regardless of what or where they have studied. Background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious beliefs and age are all irrelevant to our application process.

Most of all we are looking for enthusiastic, curious individuals to join our team!

How do I apply?

In order to apply you will need to fill in an application form on our careers site before 13th January 2023. The application will consist of:

  • your personal details (so we can contact you to advise you of the outcome of your application and, if you progress, administer the rest of the recruitment process);
  • confirmation of your academic achievements;
  • details of any relevant work experience, if you have it;
  • a written answer to the following question: Why are you interested in Legal Operations and what skills and attributes will you bring to the Legal Operations Graduate role?
  • a written answer to an analytical problem: we will provide graphs/tables setting out some key financials for the last few years. You will be asked to consider the relationship between them and recommend where the firm should be focussing its efforts in order to maximise profitability.

We will wait until we have received all applications before we invite successful candidates to the next stage. Applications will be screened by HR and members of the legal operations teams. Those invited to assessment centres will be asked to complete a range of online assessments testing your Microsoft Word, PPT and Excel skills ahead of the assessment centre in March 2023. We will then host assessment centres 7th and 8th of March 2023.

How do I find out more?

To find out more, please read the Legal Operations Graduate Training Programme Brochure which provides more detail about the structure and content of the programme, who we are looking for and how we will invest in you once you join.