Welcome to Clyde & Co's MEA graduate programme


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MEA training contract

We offer a Middle East and Africa (MEA) focused Training Contract, leading to qualification as an England & Wales qualified lawyer.

The MEA region is a rapidly growing market and home to some of the most exciting legal work in the world. Our MEA Training Contract provides you with a unique opportunity to work alongside a team of lawyers whose knowledge and expertise spans over 30 years working in the region.

Your training will comprise of four six month seats in different practice areas of the law in any of our MEA offices, with the possibility of undertaking one of these seats in the UK or another of our international offices (according to business need and travel restrictions). You will enjoy interaction with Partners and clients and involvement in business development at an early stage. By the end of your training you will have gained the depth and breadth of truly international experience to set you apart as a trusted commercial legal advisor and continue your legal career as a newly-qualified solicitor in MEA.

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We’re looking for candidates genuinely interested in the law and committed to a career in the Middle East upon qualification. Whilst our programme is open to both law and non-law students and graduates from universities near and far, regional focus is important to us and this year our recruitment will focus on candidates with advanced or fluent Arabic language skills.

We look for candidates with excellent academics (a minimum of three A Levels at grades A, A, B or equivalent), but your commercial acumen, interpersonal skills and adaptability are also of interest to us. Your interest and commitment to pursuing a career in law in the ME region will be key.

We are looking for candidates to start their training contracts with us in the following years:

  • 2022 (applicants must have already graduated from university and undertaken the LPC (law graduates) or GDL and LPC (non-law graduates);
  • 2023 (applicants must have already graduated from university and undertaken their GDL if they are non-law graduates); and
  • 2024
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Applications for our MEA Training Contract are now open.

The deadline to submit your application is 25 February 2022.

Please note that all submissions will be reviewed after the deadline above.

Please note that we will also not be running a vacation scheme during 2022.