Business Services Placement

by Latham & Watkins

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Deadline: 18th December 2023
Start Date: Summer 2024
Salary: Competitive
Length: Placement (10 Months+)
Roles: Business Management, Business Operations
Location: London
City: London

Business Services Placement

Latham & Watkins is currently seeking undergraduates to join its London Business Services Placement Program. Our London Business Services departments comprise of 300 staff members, who support 600 lawyers in the London office, making us Latham’s second largest office globally. Driven by the belief that our strongest asset is our people, Latham is dedicated to fostering an environment that supports personal and professional development, whereby Latham's global platform, unique collaborative culture, and deep resources provide unparalleled opportunities for career progression.

The Business Services Trainee (BST) program is an integral part of Latham’s professional services structure. The paid internship program offers undergraduates the opportunity to gain one year of invaluable professional business experience in a premier law firm. As a BST, you will be assigned to a Business Services department, where you will have a key role in supporting our lawyers and the Firm through project work and administrative assistance. Previous intern opportunities have been offered in the following departments: Human Resources, Office of the General Counsel, Conflicts, Attorney Development & Recruitment, Revenue Management, Business Development, and Technology. This role will be located in our London office.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing a high level of customer service to internal and external clients as a primary point of contact for the assigned department;
  • Supporting and running project work within the relevant department including maintaining the department’s databases, tracking department records, and creating materials as requested;
  • Participating in business skills and department-specific training led by managers, supervisors,or team members;
  • Shadowing members of the department to gain exposure and insight of different tasks and responsibilities;
  • Working both independently and in a team environment, and collaborating globally with other offices and teams.

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • Possess strong communication skills (written and verbal), professional interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and a customer service orientation;
  • Demonstrate well-developed organisational skills to manage time well, prioritise effectively, and handle multiple deadlines;
  • Display knowledge and proficiency in PC applications, including MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Have completed work experience or a previous internship in a business environment (preferable).

And are:

  • In your penultimate year of study of a sandwich degree course, or in a position to take a year off during your degree;
  • On track to achieve a 2.1 degree or above, and have achieved at least 120 UCAS points or equivalent at A-Level;

Benefits and Additional Information

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding career opportunity and welcoming environment, but will also be provided with a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Health insurance as well as group income protection and life assurance
  • A pension plan
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee discounts
  • And more!

Additionally, we have a range of diversity programming including Global Affinity Groups. These groups provide a firmwide platform to share experiences and advice as well as an opportunity to participate in a supportive network with common interests to help make life at the firm even better.

Latham & Watkins is committed to diversity, equal opportunity, sustainability, and pro bono legal services. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity, pro bono work and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. Our diversity makes us who we are

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world. The success of our firm is largely determined by our commitment to hire and develop the very best and brightest, creating a team that provides our clients with the highest quality of work and service. We are driven by our core values: respect, innovation, and collaboration. 

How to apply

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The deadline to apply for this one-year internship is Monday 18th December 2023, however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and so we encourage early submission. 

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