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Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 1,900 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have wide-reaching legal backgrounds and are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service.

Sidley’s London office offers students the best of both worlds – the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms along with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here you will find high quality work on par with Magic Circle firms and an energetic, meritocratic and supportive environment.

There is a world of opportunities for you to get involved and make your mark at Sidley, from trainee right through to partner. We have a reputation for working on innovative, complex transactions, which helps to make life here all the more interesting and challenging.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • US
  • International
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Competition & EU
  • Insolvency
  • Tax
Head quartersChicago
Number of Offices20
Office Locations - Overview
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
Location of Major International Offices
  • United States
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Australia
No of Partners42 (in London)
No of Lawyers107
Average Trainee Salary£49,250
NQ Salary£130,000
Managing PartnerTom Thesing (in London)

Training Contracts

Sidley’s London office offers students the best of both worlds—the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms along with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here you will find high-quality work on par with Magic Circle firms and an energetic, meritocratic and supportive environment.

There is a world of opportunities for you to get involved and make your mark at Sidley, from trainee right through to partner. We have a reputation for working on innovative, complex transactions, which helps to make life here all the more interesting and challenging.

You will have many opportunities to learn and develop during your training. You will get involved in real work from day one, and will gain international experience not by constantly traveling but by working on multijurisdictional matters and with people from all around the world.

Trainees spend time in at least four of our practice groups, which include: Capital Markets; Corporate and Securities, Competition , Disputes Resolution; Employment, Financial Services Regulation, Food and Drug Law, Funds, Global Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Restructuring and Tax.

Trainees also have the opportunity to apply for international secondments to Hong Kong and Brussels as well as a client secondment..

In each group, you will sit with a partner or a senior associate to ensure that you receive individual training, which is both effective and based on practical experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.

We take a flexible approach that is driven by your ability and willingness to contribute and develop. As a result, you can get as much as you like out of a particular seat, depending on how much you invest in it.

No of Trainees / Yr12
Location
  • London
Degree class2:1
A levelsAAA
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - AllowanceYes
Sponsorship - Comments£11,000 maintenance grant for the GDL and LPC
LPC / GDL Provider
  • BPP
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Partner Interview
  • Case Study Interview
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • Yes (a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats12
Overseas SeatsHong Kong and Brussels

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Vacation Schemes

We run a one-week winter vacation scheme and two-week vacation schemes in spring and summer each year.

Students will spend time in at least two different departments and will share an office with a qualified lawyer. You will experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer at the firm and will have the opportunity to undertake real work rather than just observing or shadowing. This practical experience will be supplemented by a programme of presentations and workshops that will ensure you get to know as much about the firm as you possibly can during the placement.

There will also be some organised social events to help you get to know our current trainees.

No of Vacation Schemes / yr50
Location
  • London
Degree class2:1
A levelsAAA
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Partner Interview
  • Case Study Interview.

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Open Days

Sidley Austin LLP are offering first year law and non-law students the opportunity to attend an Open Day.

We hope the day will give you a real insight into life at Sidley and help you decide whether this is the firm at which you would like to train.

During the Open Day you will be given the chance to speak informally to Trainees, Associates and Partners. Our Graduate Recruitment team will also be available to offer advice on applying for training contracts.

You will be given an overview of the firm and its practice areas and shown around the office so that you get a feel for our environment and culture.

We are looking for candidates with excellent academics and who are expected to achieved a 2:1 or first class honours degree.

Number of Open Days2
Location
  • London
Degree class2:1
A levelsAAA
Assessment Process
  • Application Form

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