Newly Qualified Lawyers
Starting your career as a newly qualified lawyer is full of challenges, so it's important to join a firm that will put you in the best position to thrive.
We offer you an environment where you work in a professional, global team, based on exceptional collaboration. You will be challenged and encouraged to take on responsibility, develop your skills, and get involved with clients and their work from day one.
We look for newly qualified lawyers throughout the year, when needed, so if you are interested, please feel free to apply.
What we can offer you
Our people make our culture! We have a culture focused on collaboration, communication and equality across all levels of roles, and we want to welcome you into that.
Ashurst is a global law firm and we experience this in our daily work together. Apart from the ability to work on cross-border matters with global colleagues, we also offer the opportunity to work in one of our other offices, when available, on a short term or permanent basis.
We offer all our lawyers, once they've established themselves with the firm, the opportunity to take a secondment to one of our other offices or with clients for a short to medium term.
We cultivate a "Duz" culture across all levels and foster a flat hierarchy where we will encourage you to build your autonomy and ability in a supportive environment. We work in small national teams that work closely with our global colleagues on larger matters, and provide you with the technology and support to work remotely and in the office. For us remote working is standard and we financially support you to set up your workspace at home.
Learning & Development
Apart from the legal and commercial skills you will develop in your day to day work you will also have access to the firm’s award winning Learning & Development programmes to develop your technical and soft skills. We want to provide you with a diverse range of opportunities throughout your career with us to help you grow professionally and personally.
Ashurst parental leave programme
The Ashurst Parental Leave Programme is a unique, flexible system in the legal world that provides up to 26 weeks paid leave for new parents to focus on caring for their newborn, without jeopardising their careers. We are committed to helping parents balance their professional and personal lives.
The recruitment process
We look for people who have:
a desire to work in a global environment
a team focused attitude
an understanding of the overall economy
a good command of English
passed their First and Second State Law Examinations, with above-average results
You will be required to submit a short application including uploading your CV, references and a short cover letter to give us an understanding of who you are, why you're interested in our role, and your earliest possible start date.
You are welcome to write your application in either English or German.
In your first interview you will meet with a Partner from the team you've applied with to assess your personal and technical skills. This is followed by a second round of interviews with other Ashurst partners and associates.
"My start with Ashurst could not have been better. After having heard of Ashurst in university, I joined their Projects & Energy Transition team as a newly qualified lawyer. We are advising clients on a wide range of topics, including investing in green energy projects such as wind farms or solar parks. Since renewable energy is a corner stone of the German energy transition, it is an incredibly exciting field to work in right now. The team was very welcoming and they included me from the beginning which set me up for success both within the team as well as with everyone in the office. I am learning new things every day. By allowing me to focus on certain aspects and work streams, the team helped me to quickly build areas of expertise and a skill set that lets me to bring value to the team as well."
Constanze - Lawyer, Projects & Energy Transition
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Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging
Our inclusive and diverse culture stands at the heart of everything we do. For more information on our initiatives and the support we provide please follow the link below.More information
Agency submissions and candidate introductions will only be accepted with prior approval from a member of the Ashurst Talent Acquisition team. To submit or introduce a candidate, an agency must have valid agreed terms of business in place with Ashurst. Any agency submissions or candidate introductions made without prior approval or without the agreed terms of business in place will be considered invalid.
We are committed to offering a safe and welcoming environment for our employees and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do we place a strong emphasis on working with people from diverse communities and aim to make a positive impact through our Social Impact programmes.