Womble Bond Dickinson

Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson is a  progressive, forward thinking firm, with transatlantic capacity and understanding of our local markets. Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers across 8 offices in the UK and 15 offices in the US. The combination puts Womble Bond Dickinson in the UK’s top 20 and in the top 80 in the US listings.

It matters to us that we have the right people working alongside us but, actually, there isn’t a typical Womble Bond Dickinson person. Our people come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of experience – and that’s important to us.

School leaver opportunities

Womble Bond Dickinson has a number of opportunities across each of our locations for developing your skills and gaining work experience as part of our early careers programme.

Our early careers programme includes insight days and structured work experience weeks for students age 16 and above, who are interested in working in a legal environment including support roles.  

Our insight days will give you an insight into the work of a commercial law firm with an introduction to a career in law, skills workshops and an opportunity to meet people from around the business.

Our work experience weeks start with an insight day followed by four days within the business, networking with professionals and gaining valuable work experience in both legal and support roles.

Apprenticeships

In September 2014 we launched the first of our apprenticeship programmes. We recognised the importance of creating alternative routes into the profession for those who wanted to get their first foot on the career ladder sooner rather than later. We also wanted to develop our own home grown talent to ensure a continued pipeline of paralegals, future lawyers and support functions.

Our well established Paralegal Apprenticeship runs over two years. You'll work within our paralegal team, giving you access to a wide range of clients and types of work. Our legal apprenticeship offers school leavers and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal legal qualifications and a role in the profession through paid, on-the-job training as an apprentice paralegal.

Our new Solicitor apprenticeship is a direct route to becoming a qualified solicitor without the requirement to go to university. Over the six years, you'll develop an amazing set of skills and a wealth of valuable experience whilst earning a good salary. You will spend time across a variety of legal and support teams covering a wide range of work and training.

It's no secret that we're an ambitious firm.  All of our people contribute to our success, not just our lawyers. They rely hugely on the support they receive from our equally talented business professionals. We are recruiting and training apprentices in a variety of our support teams with our dedicated secretaries, IT experts, HR Professionals, skilled recruiters and facilities managers.

As a growing firm, we have plans to create more of these roles!

Salary & benefits

Competitive salaries with a wide range of flexible benefits.

Requirements

We recognise that each of our teams have different needs and therefore the requirements for each role will vary. We will ask for a CV and cover letter with later stages being a video/face to face interview and an opportunity to meet the team.

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Womble Bond Dickinson Southampton, UK
04 Feb, 2019
Degree Apprenticeship
If someone told you, you could qualify as a solicitor in 6 years, without going to university, while earning a good salary and developing amazing skills and experience along the way, would you believe them? Well you should!  Our Solicitor Apprenticeship does just that.  We know that university isn't for everyone, but that shouldn't be the end of a successful legal career; in fact, it could be just the beginning with us.  We launched our first Solicitor Apprenticeship programme in September 2017 and we're now looking to roll out for a third year with a second cohort in our Southampton office.  We're looking for talented future lawyers to join our Southampton office as part of an incredibly exciting programme.  Joining our current apprentices, you will be part of this unique opportunity to shape the future of our programme.  So, not only do you get to qualify as a solicitor and gain a law degree with City, University of London, without the associated costs of university, you'll also have a significant impact on the future of our business.  Now how does that sound for starters? We've a great track record in recruiting, developing and retaining apprentices.  In fact we've been recognised in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers as well as bagging the award for Best Newcomer Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards – those accolades don't get much better, and we're so very proud to have been honoured for the programme that we've been running since 2014.  So, we think we're pretty good at this, but don't take our word for it, check out our YouTube channel to hear first-hand from some of our legal apprentices. Okay, I hear you ask, "What will I actually be doing?"  We can promise you it's not all admin and filing.  This is a real opportunity to contribute to the future success of our business.  We're training our next generation of lawyers and that means giving you access to great quality work that will increase in complexity as you develop through the programme.  So be prepared for a gentle introduction to the business which might include spending some time in our business support teams, so that you really get to understand how our business works.  As you move into more of a legal role, we'll start you off gently with some of the more administrative duties so that you gain your confidence before taking on the more complex legal tasks.  But don't worry, you'll be supported every step of the way with a dedicated supervisor, mentor and HR support.  We're all rooting for you and want you to succeed, so we'll do everything in our power to make sure that happens. They'll be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with some of the wider business activities.  We've an active sports and social committee who organise regular events which will allow you to get to know your colleagues a little better.  We also have a strong focus on corporate social responsibility and there are plenty of community projects or charitable initiatives for you to get involved with.  In fact, we'll even give you two volunteering days a year, on top of your holiday entitlement.   It sounds so good, even we might apply!  We're looking for candidates with good academics; BBB at A level or equivalent as a minimum.  Beyond that, we'll be looking for you to demonstrate a few core skills: team-working, communication, creative and analytical thinking, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships and a drive to succeed. Do you still have questions?  That's only natural.  We're here to answer any queries you might have before you make your application.  Feel free to get in touch with me, Kita Cureton, at  kita.cureton@wbd-uk.com  or 0117 989 6611. You'll also find me on LinkedIn if you'd prefer to engage with me that way. If it's an easy decision, then get your application in soon; our closing date is 08 April, with our assessment day taking place the week commencing 13 May.  Just complete the application form from the link below, and we'll get in touch once our application deadline passes to let you know what the next steps are.  Our selection process involves a mini work placement in June to give you an opportunity to decide whether we're the right environment for you. If the timing isn't quite right for you, or this isn't the programme that you're looking for, you can keep in touch through our various social media channels for regular updates on the opportunities that might suit you best. For recruitment news, updates and job alerts follow us on Twitter @WBD_CareersUK, Facebook @womblebonddickinsoncareers and Instagram @WBD_CareersUK.