‘Will training at a mid-tier outfit stop me from realising my US law firm dream?’

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By Legal Cheek on


Final year student needs advice

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one student questions whether it will be possible to make the jump from a mid-tier law firm to a US or Magic Circle outfit upon qualification.

“Hi there,

I’m a third-year law student, and have received a vac scheme at a Mid-Tier City Firm (London) which will hopefully lead to a training contract. This firm has a small international presence, but is highly regarded for its training and culture. The pay and reputation of the work isn’t the best.

I have a keen interest in Corporate M&A, and was wondering how easy it would be to move from a Mid-Tier post-qualification to a SC/MC/US Firm.

I know that when moving, firms like to see that you have exposure to high-value deals/work and have the relevant skills — this firm often works on M&A deals from £50-200M. However, I have seen that those who have trained in regional shops/similar firms have moved to places like Kirkland & Ellis and Weil. I’m worried that training at this type of firm will hinder my chances of future progression.

Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!”

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