During your Training Contract
We provide a comprehensive training programme to compliment the practical experience you will gain in each seat throughout the two years of your training contract. The Professional Skills Course (PSC) must be completed by all trainee solicitors prior to admission. The course comprises three core modules:
- Financial and Business Skills (3-day course plus an examination)
- Advocacy and Communication Skills (3-day course)
- Client Care and Professional Standards (2-day course)
In addition to these three core modules, we will also ask you to complete the following electives:
- Introduction to the City
- Communication Skills
- Personal Effectiveness
- Presentation Skills
Our Training and Development Team have also worked closely to develop a Trainee Development Centre (TDC) designed to enhance your client handling skills and business acumen, through a live project. At the end of the TDC we expect our trainees to have an increased level of self-awareness, enhanced team working skills, awareness of the mechanics of a business, clarity regarding what it takes to make an impact, developed client handling and project management skills and an overall understanding of how best to enhance their professional reputation.
While you are sitting in each practice area, you will also attend legal training and workshops specific to that group and area of law. You will be expected to participate in regular practice group meetings where recent legal developments and updates are discussed.
After your Training Contract
Our commitment to your training and career development doesn't end with your training contract. We have developed an extensive formal training programme to support you during your post qualification career with the firm. In addition to regular lectures on topical legal topics, seminars and department specific training, you will have the opportunity to participate in our Associate Development Centre and our Senior Associate Development Centre.
The Senior Associate Development Centre (SADC) has been developed to with the main focus of introducing our senior associates to the areas of management competency in which they will be expected to have developed proficiency if they are to be considered for partnership. The objectives of the course are to enable senior associates to take responsibility for their own career development, to build relationships with peers across the firm both in the UK and globally, and to provide clarity around the partnership process at Mayer Brown.
- The Associate Development Centre (ADC) has been designed to introduce attendees to the key management skills expected of Mayer Brown's senior associates. The course also incorporates the SRA Management Stage One Course; to be attended before an associate's third year of qualification. The ADC aims to concentrate on the professional skills identified below:
- Managing People
- Client Relationship Management
- Managing Finance
- Managing Information