Early careers

Early careers

Our training programmes are designed to develop lawyers who will be the future of Kennedys. Our atmosphere is friendly and supportive and our relationships are built on trust.

Whether you are a school leaver or a graduate, we offer a range of training programmes for you to choose from to start your career in law.  Our aim is to recruit the best early careers talent and encourage diversity in an environment built upon different skills and backgrounds, to represent our global firm.

Early careers at Kennedys

Our Virtual Work Experience Programme will allow you to take the first step of your legal career with a global law firm that does things differently.

The four module programme offers real work experience as you will complete tasks to gain legal analytical skills, develop legal knowledge of the insurance industry, and learn critical legal communication, research, and drafting skills.

The programme is free and open to all students and graduates, from a law or non-law background and no legal experience is required.  The programme takes around six hours and can be completed at your own pace from any location.  Once complete, you will receive a certificate that you can reference on your CV.

Register here today.

If you have any questions about the Virtual Work Experience Programme, please contact us.

Our solicitors qualifying exam (SQE) training programme, coming into effect Autumn 2021, will take the form of a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship and allows law graduates to start working and earning at Kennedys immediately after leaving university.

Find out more about the SQE training programme and how to apply here.

Our training contracts are designed to develop lawyers who will be the future of Kennedys. Many of our partners, including our Senior Partner, began their life in law as a trainee with us. During your training contract, you’ll complete four six-month seats across our core practice areas of Insurance and Reinsurance, Liability and Commercial. We also offer exciting secondment opportunities to other offices and clients around the globe.

Find out more about our training contracts and how to apply here.

We are passionate about offering an alternative route to university and are proud to be a UK government accredited organisation. Our apprenticeships are designed to help springboard you into a successful career by providing you with a mixture of studying and learning within the workplace so that you can earn while you learn.

We are the proud winners of the ‘Best Degree Apprenticeship’ award at the 2019 UK School Leaver Awards, and ‘Top Employer in Law’ award at both the 2018 and 2017 UK School Leaver Awards.

Find out more about our legal apprenticehsips and how to apply here.

Virtual Apprenticeship Insight Event

Register for our Virtual Apprenticeship Insight Event on Monday 26 October 2020 12pm. This session will be a great way to gain further insight into the legal apprenticeship we offer at Kennedys, and is aimed at school and college students who are interested in this alternative route to qualification as a solicitor.

To be considered for a training contract in our Hong Kong office, you will need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve, a 2:1 degree in law. You must also be fluent in Chinese and English. Additionally, before you start your training contract, you must complete the PCLL (Postgraduate Certificate in Law) and pass this on your first attempt.

Find out more about our Hong Kong training contracts and how to apply here. 

To apply for a Relevant Legal Training (RLT)/Training Contract (TC) in our Singapore office you will need to have achieved, or be on course to achieve, a 2:1 degree or higher*, have relevant intern experience and a real desire to undertake the work Kennedys Legal Solutions specialises in; Commercial Litigation, Aviation, Marine, Motor, Insurance, Corporate and Real Estate.  Mandarin skills (writing, reading and speaking) is advantageous but not essential.

Find out more about our Singapore training contracts and how to apply here. 

Our student internship programme takes place during June-July each year. To apply for a student internship programme, you must be a 3rd year student in any law school in Thailand by the time the programme starts and willing to learn and work in Kennedys’ main practice areas such as insurance, reinsurance, medical malpractice, arbitration, litigation, corporate and commercial.

Further details and how to apply

All student interns will have the opportunity to be involved in all current matters, for example team discussions, case management, strategic planning, drafting legal documents, researching laws and precedent court cases and observing our work during court or arbitration proceedings.

Your performance will be assessed during the programme and depending on availability, you may be given a new challenge to work with Kennedys as a trainee solicitor until you qualify as a licensed lawyer in Thailand.

The student internship application process opens in September, with those shortlisted attending an interview with one of the Partners. If you wish to participate in the June-July 2021 programme, please apply in September 2020 by sending your CV/resume, transcript and your photo to Recruitment.Admin@kennedyslaw.com.

Find out more about Kennedys in Thailand.