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Dubai

Learn more about our Training Contract based in Dubai.

Marhaba

The Dubai graduate programme is part of our MEA offering and runs out of our Dubai office. You will experience some of the most exciting legal work in the world in a dynamic regulatory landscape and develop a practical understanding of the law alongside lawyers with over 30 years’ experience working in the region.

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Dubai Training Contract

We offer a Middle East focused Training Contract, leading to qualification as an England & Wales qualified lawyer. A training contract is a two-year placement that is undertaken by trainee solicitors who have completed the PGDL and SQE LLM in Legal Practice for non-law graduates or SQE LLM in Legal Practice for those that hold a law degree. For those that accept a trainee contract with us Clyde & Co will provide support your tuition fees. 



The final step before qualification, it can be likened to an apprenticeship: an opportunity to put all your academic knowledge to vocational use. Trainees will spend two years getting a practical legal education overseen by senior solicitors at the firm.

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The final step before qualification

It can be likened to an apprenticeship: an opportunity to put all your academic knowledge to vocational use. Trainees will spend two years getting a practical legal education overseen by senior solicitors at the firm.

Today is an exciting time to be doing business in the Middle East. Both local and international investors are seeing clear opportunities in the region, as Middle Eastern countries diversify, innovate and pursue national transformation programmes.

Your training will comprise of four six-month seats in different practice areas of the law in our Dubai office, with the possibility of undertaking one of these seats in one 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 a well-rounded experience to set you apart as a trusted commercial legal advisor and continue your legal career as a newly-qualified solicitor in the Middle East.

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As a trainee lawyer, you can expect tasks to be very varied. To keep things simple, here are a list of tasks that you can expect to encounter during your time at Clyde & Co:

  • Legal research
  • Drafting documents as part of transactions and litigation, including facility agreements, witness statements and pleadings
  • Communicating and meeting with clients
  • Document review
  • Bundling documents in preparation for trial

  • Assisting case-handlers with active files
  • Upholding the firm's reputation at external events
  • Developing legal knowledge by attending both internal and external training sessions
  • Managing workload as well as getting involved in pro bono activities

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 offer a competitive salary and benefits package as a newly qualified solicitor. As a trainee, you will also be entitled to a range of rewards and benefits:

  • Private medical including health checks
  • Financial support relating to tuition fees

  • Maternity and paternity pay

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Accommodation loan

We'll make sure you have plenty of support and guidance throughout your programme. You can also look forward to a tailored induction programme and on-going internal training designed to ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and commercial acumen you need to become a well-round solicitor.

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Application Process

Applications for our Dubai Training Contract are currently closed, however you can register your interest below to be the first to hear when roles are available.

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