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Sidley Austin opportunities


Sidley is an elite global law firm powered by lawyers who practice at the highest level of the profession. Backed by 157 years of trailblazing heritage, Sidley deliver superior service to a high-caliber group of market leaders worldwide, while placing a premium on collaboration and diversity. Their firm boasts a roster of more than 2,300 lawyers who wield deep experience in litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters spanning over 50 legal disciplines and industries. With 21 offices situated in major commercial and financial capitals around the world, their lawyers possess the cultural awareness and legal acumen needed to advise clients in today’s global economy.

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 down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. At Sidley, you will find high-quality work at a firm that offers an energetic, meritocratic, and supportive environment.

Sidley aim to recruit all of their trainees from the vacation schemes. Each year Sidley take on around 15 recruits. They’re looking for people who are bright, with outstanding academic qualifications. You’ll need to have a minimum of three A-levels (at least three A grades), and to have (or be expected to achieve) at least a 2.1 degree or equivalent (not necessarily in law).

Beyond pure academic ability, Sidley are looking for people who are genuinely intrigued by the commercial world. People who are sociable, who can work well with others and get on well with clients. People who have demonstrated self-discipline, the ability to persevere and use their initiative. If you can focus, analyse things and ask the right questions, you’ll be in a strong position.

Sidley Insight Evening 

Tuesday, 21 November 6:00 - 8:00pm

Join the team from Sidley to find out more about the opportunities at one of the largest international law firms in the world.

This event is open to students from all years and both law and non-law are welcome to join.

Find out more and register to join

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

The applications for their Winter 2023 and Spring/Summer 2024 vacation schemes open on 17 September 2023.

The deadline for the Winter scheme is 15 October 2023 and the deadline for Spring/Summer is 7 January 2024.

More details about the vacation scheme and the application form can be found here. [external site]

Sidley aim to recruit all of our trainees from the vacation schemes.