Linklaters is a Magic Circle firm with great opportunities for international work—and international travel, given its 31 worldwide offices. The firm receives high praise for requiring pro bono work as part of the formula. Compensation and partner/associate relations are other highlights for Linklaters associates.
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Even with its global reach and large number of attorneys, Linklaters finds a way to provide niceties to its associates—face time with partners, reasonable hours, and pro bono opportunities among them. Candidates should have second language skills and an interest in international work, and be diverse and hard-working. Coworkers are friendly and cordial, and they enjoy each others’ company at work and at social events. This includes partners, who genuinely care about associates’ development and personal well-being. Formal training gets mixed reviews—it could be better organized—while senior attorneys step in with helpful, hands-on mentorship. Work assignments range from basic document review to more substantive matters, which are plentiful since teams are lean. Project distribution ...
About the Firm
Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle firm Linklaters has achieved legal industry royalty by following the BigLaw formula well: Build the finance and M&A practices and grow internationally. The firm is one of the top brands among U.K.-based law firms, and if you want to work in the United States, there are two offices to choose from: New York and Washington, DC.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Linklaters was predominantly a U.K. firm with local operations in just a handful of cities across Europe and Asia. But in 1996, the firm embarked on an expansion strategy and hasn’t looked back since. Through a string of global mergers, joint ventures, and organic growth, the firm built up a hefty international practice. ...
- “People are extremely kind and are often friends outside of work. The firm has social events all the time, and team meetings and lunches are highly encouraged. Everyone is treated with respect, including secretaries, business team members, etc.”
- “Culture is probably the best aspect of Linklaters. Everyone is cordial, they respect you, and they care about your growth. I regularly socialize with my colleagues, both within and outside of the firm.”
- “The culture is very collegial and friendly. I was previously a paralegal at a firm whose culture was the stark opposite. The partners are all friendly, and I have yet to encounter anyone who makes the culture difficult or hostile.”
Why Work Here
As one of the largest and most successful law firms in the world, Linklaters provides an outstanding career experience that offers a passport to success for our lawyers. Join us and we’ll give you the opportunity to realize your ambition for your own career.
Founded in 1838, Linklaters has over 2,400 lawyers, and more than 500 partners, in 21 countries. A truly unified firm with a single management structure, our network of 31 offices combines local knowledge and experience with a global infrastructure to provide our clients with the highest standards of legal advice wherever they do business – in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, or in Africa and Australia through our strategic alliances with Webber Wentzel (South Africa) and Allens (Australia).
Diversity at Linklaters
Getting Hired Here
- “Students who are interested in international work. Another language is a big plus (but don't put a higher level of proficiency on your resume than you can actually speak—chances are someone else here speaks it, too!). We have guidelines for interviews, but haven't had an official training (or at least I haven't).”
- “The firm tries to hire people who align with the culture, and tends to attract a certain type of person (e.g., with an international background).”
- “Looking for diverse, energetic, and hard-working candidates.”