Opportunities to meet us
“Get to know us” meetings
We offer a limited number of one-to-one meetings for candidates to visit the office, talk with a current trainee and have a tour during which you will meet some of our lawyers.
Applying to meet us
If you would like to apply for a “get to know us” opportunity, please send your cover letter and CV (including your grades in tort, trusts, property and contract if you have already studied these topics) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday, 12 June 2020 if you plan to apply for a training contract starting in September 2022.
Making an application
Recruitment for training contracts starting in 2022 will open at the end of January 2020. Opportunities may come up for successful applicants to bring forward their training contract start date, but we cannot guarantee this as it will depend on the needs of the business.
To apply to Gide London for a training contract starting in March or September 2022, you must complete our application form. Please email us at email@example.com and we will send you an application form once these are available.
The deadline for applications to be received by us is on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 and we will review your application as soon as we receive it.
Our recruitment process
We apply strict selection criteria to all training contract applications to ensure that we are recruiting a diverse group of trainees, solely on their merits. Several assessors review each application and we have a moderation meeting to ensure that we are applying the criteria fairly to all candidates.
Our academic criteria
- AAB at A level or equivalent
- 2:1 or equivalent in any degree (achieved or predicted)
- An average grade of 60% or above in tort, trusts, contract and land law (achieved or predicted)
- At least a commendation in the GDL (if applicable) and the LPC
Our skills criteria
We are specifically seeking candidates who demonstrate the following skills or potential to develop them:
- Commercial awareness
- An interest in the law as it relates to international finance and international dispute resolution
- A willingness to learn and ability to learn quickly
- An international outlook
- Common sense and initiative
- Work experience gained in a law firm
- Priority will be given to candidates who are able to speak and write French to at least A-level standard
If you meet our academic and skills selection criteria, we will ask you to attend an assessment day. This is an opportunity for you to meet the team and to decide whether Gide London is the right fit for you. We will also ask you to take part in various tasks to demonstrate your skills and potential. We believe that this part of selecting our future trainees is very definitely a two-way process and we will give you plenty of opportunity to have frank discussions with our current trainees and our lawyers.
We run assessments as soon as we have eight candidates who have passed our selection criteria – we generally assess 25%-30% of applicants
If you progress to the second round of the selection process, you will be invited to an interview with the Gide London partner in charge and the training principal. Interviews will take place in the first two weeks of September 2020 and we generally interview around 10% of applicants.
We aim to make offers to successful candidates in the second or third week of September 2020 and we will give you two weeks within which to accept or decline our offer.
We will always inform you if your application has not been successful and will provide the reasons for your being unsuccessful upon request. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible, but we may not get back to you until October once the recruitment programme has finished.