International law evolves constantly. So do we. So will you. Our two-year training contract will push, stretch, test, support, guide and inspire you. In the process, you’ll amass world-class technical skills and build legal expertise in the areas you’re passionate about. But that’s just part of your learning process. After all, tomorrow’s economy won’t have much use for lawyers who are only good at law.
That’s why you’ll also develop a keen business brain. The kind that can get to grips with the principles of social enterprise and entrepreneurialism, and spot risks and opportunities in the commercial world. You’ll learn about relationships too – how to build them and cement them. You’ll also discover how being true to yourself can be one of your biggest strengths. It’s a combination that will give you the capability, mindset and networks to solve the new, often unmet challenges our clients face. Here’s how it works.
If you’re a non-law graduate, your training starts with the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). This conversion course puts you on an equal footing with law graduates and acts as a firm foundation for your training contract.
The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is full time and will run for one year.
You’ll be a student of BPP University which has locations in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Ideally you’d study in London so you can prepare for your working life in the City.
We’ll pick up the bill for all your course fees and pay you a maintenance grant to help with living costs. If you study in London, the grant is £8,000. If you study outside London, it’s £7,000. We don't offer retrospective funding though, if you have started or completed the GDL before accepting an offer from us.
All our trainee solicitors take the accelerated LPC at BPP University, either after their law degree or when they complete the Graduate Diploma in Law. Tailored to the needs of City firms, the course runs for six and a half months and smooths your transition from student to legal professional. It has two intakes: one in August and one in February.
All future trainee solicitors study in London so they can prepare for working life in the City.
Much of the teaching is completed in small group sessions. There’s loads of individual guidance throughout. As the course is in London, you’ll also benefit from the presentations and social events we run at our offices.
As with the GDL, we cover the course fees and pay a maintenance grant. For the LPC this is £7,000.
Your formal training at the firm starts with a two-week induction that equips you for your first seat. It includes preparation for one of the most critical parts of your role – legal research. You’ll learn how to analyse a case, then find, understand and apply the law that relates to it.
Another key part of the induction is our Business and Social Enterprise programme, HL BaSE. Through MBA-style training, HL BaSE builds your understanding of business – from market analysis and strategy to exit routes for investors. It does more than that though. It also highlights the effect of positive social impact – including customer experience and business integrity – on profits and growth. You’ll start embedding social entrepreneurship into the way you think about business and get a deeper insight into what drives our clients’ business decisions.
Four seats. Four different practice areas. A new area of law, new experiences and new colleagues every six months. That’s what your training contract offers.
Over two years, you’ll get your teeth into matters that are complex, high-profile and wide-ranging. We’ll train you how to deliver level-headed advice, and as your understanding of our clients deepens, so will your commercial instincts and sector expertise.
By the end of your seats, you’ll be able to operate at the same level as a newly qualified lawyer.
There’s no doubt we’ll give you as much responsibility as you can handle. But we’ll also balance it with rock-solid support. In fact, our supportive culture is a lynchpin of your personal and professional growth.
Throughout your training contract, the team will be there to guide you from induction to qualification. They have helped hundreds of trainees to become qualified lawyers, and you will get to discuss your progress with them regularly.
Full of advice and suggestions based on years of experience, our mentors offer support that can prove invaluable to our trainees. You’ll be prepared for any new or unexpected challenge and be free to discuss any aspect of your working life.
Whether it’s a quick issue or a trickier point of law, your fellow trainees, lawyers and partners will be willing to help. Our partners and senior associates are invested in your development and have been trained how to coach, motivate and delegate effectively.
Each intake, two trainees are elected to meet with our Trainee Development Team to voice ideas and feedback. This committee also plans and promotes social events, a crucial part of the job – we get some of our most valuable feedback from informal chats.
The quality of the organisations we advise. The complexity of the cases we take on. The calibre of the people you’ll work alongside. The breadth of exposure you’ll enjoy. The encouragement you’ll have to be yourself and pursue your passions. These are just some of the reasons why your development – not just professional, but personal too – is assured at Hogan Lovells.
The pace and direction of your progress will be down to you. We’ll help you build your expertise with a wealth of resources – including online training courses that boost your expertise in a host of key areas.
It’s not over when you qualify. Far from it. Your professional development remains a priority throughout your career. At every stage you’ll be in the driving seat, steering your own growth and tapping into the training you need.
Our foundation programme for newly-qualified lawyers is the obvious place to start. This will deepen your understanding of the work of your practice area. There are foundation events too: intensive, practice-specific training courses that run for three to five days and bring delegates from around the world together.
There’s more to our lawyers than legal expertise. We understand businesses and industries too and we know how to forge deep connections with clients. So expect skills based workshops, regional conferences and global programmes that will hone your commercial skills and enhance your personal development. Here’s a selection of the programmes that will keep you moving forward, underpinned by your Lawyer Development Framework.