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London Trainee Solicitors

During their two-year training contract with Davis Polk, trainees will undertake a number of rotations through our corporate, credit and other practice areas, providing each trainee with the variety of experiences necessary to lay the foundation for a successful legal career. Trainee solicitors will also have the opportunity during their training contract to undertake a secondment to the firm’s New York office.

Each trainee solicitor will be assigned to a senior associate who will serve as a mentor and provide advice and guidance throughout each seat.

Prior to joining our London office, trainees will complete a bespoke LPC with the University of Law in London. In addition to compulsory core subjects, Davis Polk trainees will study elective subjects covering M&A, debt finance and public companies.

We are looking for people who have the potential to be exceptional lawyers and trusted colleagues. Candidates should be on track for (or have obtained) a high 2.1 degree or better, whether law or non-law, from a leading university. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email

Training Contracts for 2019

  • To be recruited from 2017 vacation schemes

  • Salary: £50,000 (first year), £55,000 (second year), £112,500 (NQ)

  • Number of positions: approximately 4
  • Start date: August 2019

  • Duration: 2 years

Seat Rotations

  • Corporate – M&A/Capital Markets/Corporate Advisory
  • Credit
  • Regulatory – Financial Services/Antitrust
  • Opportunity to spend six months in New York

Legal Training

  • Dedicated Legal Practice Course (LPC) with the University of Law
  • Tailored Professional Skills Course (PSC), including electives
  • Contentious experience through the Trainee Litigation Program (TLP)
  • Ongoing legal training


  • Cover GDL and LPC fees
  • Maintenance grant of £8,000 per year while studying GDL/LPC
  • 20 days of vacation per year
  • Life assurance
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Medical cash plan
  • Childcare vouchers 
  • Interest-free season ticket loan 
  • Gym membership subsidy
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee assistance program

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