Cambridge University Society for Women Lawyers

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A word from our sponsor

Updated: Jan 5, 2019

Why women in law?

We are delighted to sponsor the Cambridge University Society for Women Lawyers (CUSWL).

We first encountered CUSWL when two Ashurst representatives attended CUSWL's Q&A panel event on Women in Commercial Law in January 2018. Promoting the success of women in law resonates strongly with Ashurst's aims and values; 58% of partners made up by Ashurst in 2018 were women and our goal is for women to comprise at least 33% of our global partnership by 2022, with at least 30% of legal management/leadership roles being held by women. We recognise that, whilst important progress is being made, there are still significant improvements which are needed to achieve a better gender balance in the legal profession. For this reason, we want to support women in law at university level through the excellent CUSWL platform.

We look forward to furthering the values and aims of CUSWL by contributing to this blog and participating in events during the 2018/19 academic year.

Who are we?

With 26 offices in 16 countries, Ashurst offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with deep knowledge and understanding of local markets. We have prestigious clients, including Amazon, Barclays, Transport for London and Westfield, with whom we build strong partnerships, working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver insightful commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities to work in numerous jurisdictions (including, among others, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Dubai) with leading international organisations across the world.

At Ashurst, you will enjoy an inclusive culture which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce. As part of a truly collaborative team, working in partnership with openness and respect, we support each other to achieve great things for our clients. We take exactly the same approach with our people: we are interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. We have a very collaborative culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer.

As part of the firm's drive towards innovation, in 2018 we launched our Legal Apprenticeship, which combines studying part-time with working at the firm. The Legal Apprenticeship 2019 is open to school-leavers who have not taken any university (rather than college) examinations, with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent (obtained or predicted) and 7 GCSEs at A* - C (or 9 – 4 for the numbered GCSE grading system).

Looking ahead, we are excited to move into a new office in the summer of 2019: the restored London Fruit and Wool Exchange in Spitalfields. Spitalfields is a vibrant and thriving commercial area with a rich history in London. It is a hub of activity centred around the market with a number of high quality shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs nearby. The building itself is full of natural light and it has two outdoor terraces with spectacular views over London.

What are our current opportunities?

Applications for all of the below opportunities are scheduled to close on 6 January 2019. However, the firm recruits on a rolling basis so earlier applications are advised, particularly for the Summer Vacation Scheme. To apply for these opportunities, you must submit an online application form via the careers section of our website.

Training Contract (September 2021 and March 2022) - open to penultimate year law students, final year non-law students and graduates from any degree discipline

Summer Vacation Scheme (24 June - 12 July 2019) - open to penultimate year law students only

Ahead with Ashurst (8 - 12 April 2019) - open to first year law students only or second year law students completing a four year degree

The academic entry requirements for all of our opportunities are AAB at A-Level (or equivalent) and a 2.1 degree (predicted or obtained).

What is the recruitment process?

Should your application be shortlisted for interview, you will be invited to our London office for a written case study exercise and an interview with the Early Careers team. If you have applied directly for our Training Contract, you will also have an interview with two partners. All interviewees will be given an office tour by one of our current trainees.

Want to know more?

If have any questions about the firm or our opportunities, please email the Early Careers team (