Akin Gump has increased opportunities for junior lawyers at the firm, establishing vacation schemes and bolstering its trainee options.
The US headquartered firm has taken the decision after expanding its London outpost with the addition of fellow US outfit Bingham McCutcheon’s entire London office.
Akin Gump historically ran informal work experience programmes, populating it with around half a dozen students through its graduate recruitment work on campus and inviting applicants to apply via cover letter and CV.
The firm will now move to a formal process, inviting applications and running two fortnight-long placements during the summer with four to six students on each placement.
Akin Gump has never recruited trainees before, but has taken on Bingham’s current and propsective trainees and is considering taking on four trainees from September 2016.
Seat options have also expanded. Historically, Bingham trainees had a choice of seats in corporate, finance, financial regulatory, litigation, restructuring and tax.
Trainees are now able to choose from those six departments in addition to arbitration, competition, energy, investment funds and telecoms.
Graduate recruitment partner Vance Chapman, who formerly held the same role at Bingham, said: “This has generated a lot of excitement. It’s great to be able to lend an established hand, and we are all looking forward to growing.
“It’s great news all round because our trainees and prospective trainees we have that many more seats and potential seats for them to look at.”
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