Here at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we work hard at making sure that you are armed with the information and experience you need to succeed in your legal career. From our Career Kick Start program for year 12 students, to becoming a Brand Ambassador, there is vast array of opportunities to gain insight into the firm.


Before embarking down the path of legal training, you might want more of an insight into what a legal career and an international law firm would look like. We have work experience programs to do just that:


Brand Ambassador Role- Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Are you looking for work experience at a Silver Circle Law Firm? Do you want to earn up to £500?

We are now recruiting 12 Brand Ambassadors to act as our eyes and ears on campus, attend law fairs and events and help launch our newly merged firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner- the first fully integrated UK/US merger that has happened in 11 years!

This is an exciting time for the firm and we need confident and proactive students who are actively engaged on campus to join the team. This can include but is not limited to students who have links with law societies, sports clubs, debating/political societies and more. We are looking for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in Law and is comfortable promoting our brand and graduate opportunities.

As a Brand Ambassador you shall be in contact with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Alumni teams including Partners, Associates and Trainees as well as the Graduate Recruitment team.

Your duties would include and aren’t limited to:

  • Researching and recommending key societies and academics to contact;
  • Attending BCLP recruitment events and thinking of new event ideas;
  • Identifying key sponsorship opportunities;
  • Promoting BCLP events and opportunities using central marketing resources (posters, flyers, emails, videos, social media);
  • Monitoring BCLP publicity on campus ensuring all target groups are aware of BCLP;
  • Acting as a point of contact for students; and
  • Monitoring competitor activity.

We are looking for Brand Ambassadors from the following Universities:

King’s College London, University College London, Durham, Exeter, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, QMUL, York, Warwick, Nottingham, Manchester.

If you'd like to meet some of our current Brand Ambassadors, and the Graduate Recruitment Team for further insight about this opportunity please check out the Brand Ambassador video.

Deadline to apply: 1 June 2018 at 17:30pm. We aim to make hires for all Brand Ambassadors by July 2018.

How to apply:

Step 1: Email traineerecruit@bclplaw.com attaching your CV and a cover letter explaining why you think you have the key skills to be a BCLP Brand Ambassador/ what it is about the role that interests you (no more than 250 words). Please make sure your CV lists all of the societies that you are involved with/ any current positions of responsibility on campus. Please list your University (and college details if applicable), your current stage and year you graduate and the degree you are studying.

Step 2: If you are shortlisted we shall be in touch to organise a Skype/telephone interview.

Step 3: If you are hired, you shall be invited to BCLP’s office in London for a launch day/ induction in August 2018 and the fun will begin!


First year law student or Penultimate year non-law student (London)

Designed specifically for University students earlier on in their studies, we offer an Insight scheme.

During the Insight scheme, students will be assigned a trainee buddy for the duration of the week. You will shadow the trainee in a department and be given typical 'trainee tasks' so you can see what a trainee would do day-to-day. We also organise a series of talks and workshops, to give you more information on what life is like in a major law firm and to also help build your skill set. The scheme is held 9 - 13 April 2018.


Deadline has already expired for this programme, please visit again in September when we reopen for 2019.


The Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme was inspired by the PRIME initiative and is also a part of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP).

PRIME was launched in 2011 by the legal sector to provide fair access to quality work experience in law firms for young people. LSMP was subsequently created to provide a further week of work experience in corporate legal teams. Both of these initiatives aim to level the playing field, in recognition that students from more privileged backgrounds, particularly those who have been privately educated, may have access to more work experience and networking opportunities than others. The programme provides a holistic view of the legal sector and different opportunities to practice as a solicitor.

The Career Kick-Start Work Experience programme is designed to provide Year 12 students with a detailed insight into what it’s like to work in a City law firm and in in-house legal roles. The programme comprises two weeks as follows:

  • Week One (23 - 27 July 2018) - A week at BLP’s offices, gaining a real insight into what lawyers do on a daily basis via work shadowing as well as information on the different routes in to the profession and a number of skills sessions to help prepare you for the world of work.
  • Week Two (30 July – 3 August 2018) – A week visiting a different organisation each day in a variety of sectors – including sports, financial services and media. During this week you will learn how law firms interact with their clients and the different roles for lawyers in these organisations. There will be plenty of opportunities to build your network speak to people from all of the different organisations involved.

Deadline has already expired for this programme, please visit again in September when we reopen for 2019.

For more information contact us at inclusivity@bclplaw.com


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    “The legal apprentice role has been a great opportunity. It has allowed me to learn the trade first hand from professionals in the field such as lawyers and paralegals. I have been able to feel what it is like to work in a busy and diverse firm. My team are fantastic and are always there to help. I would recommend joining the apprenticeship scheme to anybody who is serious about Law.”

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    “Meeting various legal professionals has been brilliant and the opportunity to network with these people as well as fellow students has expanded my contacts and overall provided a solid base for starting Law at University.”

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    “I could not be more grateful to BLP for giving me the once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in the Career Kick-Start programme. The biggest impact is the amount of confidence that has grown in me; I feel as though I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it.”

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    “The apprenticeship programme is an excellent route to qualify as a solicitor, alongside gaining valuable work experience in a highly reputable international law firm. The support and training offered to apprentices has been incredible. I feel very privileged to be doing this apprenticeship and I definitely made the right decision to kick-start my legal career. I would encourage anyone who is serious about a career in Law to consider qualifying through the apprenticeship route.”

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    “I strongly feel that the programme has given me a unique insight into how law is applied in practice.”

Vacation schemes

There is no better way to experience Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We run three a year in London and typically take 20 students per scheme. In our Hong Kong office we run three month-long internships each year and typically take 5-8 students per scheme

In London, you will get to choose the departments you sit in and will be assigned a trainee 'buddy' for you to shadow. In Hong Kong, you will stay within one department for the entirety of the scheme.  You will very much be 'part of the team' and will be involved in every aspect of the department; from client meetings to court runs. Apart from actually doing real client work, you will also attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops, to help build up your knowledge about Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and improve your skill set.

But it won't all be work! You will have lots of opportunities to network with firm members in social settings: lunch with partners, various social events with trainees, and firmwide events.

We want you to get the most out of your vacation scheme, so we expect you to ask lots of questions and get involved.

The recruitment process for our schemes is the same as our recruitment process for training contracts. First is the online application form and aptitude test, and then if you are successful, we'll invite you to an assessment centre. During the scheme, you will be offered the chance to have a final round training contract interview.

Our 2018/19 scheme dates are:

  • Winter 2018: 3 - 7 December 2018 (London) and dates to be confirmed for Hong Kong but it shall last for four weeks during December/January.
  • Summer 2019: 10-21 June and 1-12 July (London)
  • Schemes for the entire month of June and July (Hong Kong)

For further details and to apply, please visit our applications page.

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