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Training in London

Our London training contract is a two-year program that gives you topnotch training and a range of experiences to ensure a successful start to your career as an English-qualified lawyer.

We will recruit our 2022 trainee intake from our summer 2020 vacation schemes, which we will run in July 2020. Our vacation schemes offer a perfect introduction to a career in law and to life at Davis Polk. You’ll work on international transactions for some of the firm's world-class clients and learn about our practice, our culture and our distinctive approach to client service. Our training will allow you to get to know our firm and us to get to know you.

If selected as one of our London trainees, you'll study a corporate finance-focused Legal Practice Course at the University of Law before joining us. During your training contract you’ll have the chance to experience our corporate and finance practices, spend time in a particular area of law like tax, financial regulation or antitrust and benefit from a six-month secondment to our office in New York. You will share an office with a senior lawyer, receive tailored training to develop your personal and legal skills and have extensive access to our team of partners.

How to Apply

  • 2020 vacation scheme applications will be accepted from penultimate-year law students, final-year non-law students and postgraduates wishing to commence a training contract in 2022.
  • Applications open on December 1, 2019, and close on January 11, 2020. We will conduct interviews in the second half of January 2020 and expect to offer a total of 20 places for our two vacation schemes each of two-week duration.
  • 2022 trainee solicitors will be recruited from the 2020 vacation scheme participants. We currently expect to offer around four places for our 2022 intake.
  • Please submit your application by email with a cover letter, CV and a detailed breakdown of academic results, addressed to the Training Principal at
  • If you have any questions regarding the application process, please join us on campus, on one of our open days or email

Build Your Future: Davis Polk London

Immerse yourself in complex and engaging matters, working side by side with some of the best lawyers in the world. We offer an experience like no other – challenging and inspiring – and we give you the tools and knowledge to become a leader in your field. 

London Office Open Days 2019/20

Upcoming Open Days at our London office:
5 Aldermanbury Square London EC2V 7HR

2nd-year law and postgraduate law students
22 November 2019, 14:30 – 18:30

To apply, please send your CV to

Applications accepted 1 October – 15 November 2019

1st-year law students
6 March 2020, 14:30 – 18:30

To apply, please send your CV to

Applications accepted 1 February – 28 February 2020