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Sidley Austin LLP

Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 45

Number of Associates: 125

Total number of trainee solicitors: 32

Number of UK offices: 1

Number of overseas offices: 21

Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 14

Vacation scheme places per annum: 56

Minimum degree grade: 2:1

Application deadline for training contracts starting in: We recruit all trainee solicitors via our vacation scheme. The deadline for our 2022/2023 vacation schemes is 27 January 2023.

Salary and benefits

First year salary: £55,000

Second year salary: £60,000

Post qualification salary: £156,5000

Holiday entitlement: 25 days


LPC fees: Covered

GDL fees: Covered if you gain a training contract before you enrol.

Maintenance grant per annum: £13,000


Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have wide-reaching legal backgrounds and are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service.

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 the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here you will find high quality work on par with Magic Circle firms and an energetic, meritocratic and supportive environment.

There is a world of opportunities for you to get involved and make your mark at Sidley, from trainee right through to partner. We have a reputation for working on innovative, complex transactions, which helps to make life here all the more interesting and challenging.

We recruit all of our Trainee Solicitors via our vacation schemes. Applications for our winter 2021 and spring/summer 2022 schemes open on the 1st October 2021. For more information please visit our website.