#SpotlightonEmployers | Shepherd and Wedderburn

About Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a leading Scottish-headquartered UK law firm, advising clients in more than 120 overseas jurisdictions. Founded in 1768, Shepherd and Wedderburn has been at the forefront of innovation in all the key sectors of the economy – from the expansion of Edinburgh’s financial services sector to working with Scotland’s first tech unicorn and supporting landmark clean energy projects.

The firm is a people business that values and rewards the contribution of all colleagues. It takes pride in fostering a diverse, inclusive and collaborative culture and is committed to providing opportunities for employees to reach their full potential.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is recognised as a Platinum-accredited Investor in People and a Gold-accredited Investor in Young People, the highest accreditations attainable under the Investors in People scheme.

Opportunities for students

School Work Experience via the PRIME Commitment

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a founding member of PRIME, an alliance focused on improving access to, and socio-economic diversity within, the legal profession. Through this initiative the firm offers a number of work placements to 16 to 18–year-olds who have an interest in building a career within the legal industry.

The one-week long placement is a great opportunity for students to gain insight into working in the industry by attending information sessions and work shadowing lawyers and business services colleagues.

Students also undertake recruitment preparation training to learn CV writing, interviewing and presentation skills. Previous PRIME students shared their experiences of placements at the firm in this short video.

This opportunity is available in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and London. For more information about eligibility for this programme, please read the PRIME Qualifying Criteria. Click here to find out more about Shepherd and Wedderburn’s PRIME experience and how to apply.

Legal Summer Placement Scheme

The Legal Summer Placement Scheme at Shepherd and Wedderburn is a paid, three-week placement in a single legal team based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or London. This is an excellent way to experience the reality of life in a commercial law practice and make industry connections. 

Scottish summer placements are open to third-year LLB students and above, and first-year accelerated LLB students and above. London summer placements are open to second-year LLB students and above, and GDL students and above.

The application process for Summer 2022 is now open and closes 6 January 2022. Interested students can learn more and apply by clicking here.

Insight Evenings

Insight Evenings are student events run by Shepherd and Wedderburn to give aspiring lawyers a closer look at what the firm does and the opportunities available for students throughout their time at university. These events provide a fantastic opportunity to network with current trainees, solicitors and also the Graduate Team to find out more about the firm’s recruitment processes.

First/second year and first-year accelerated LLB students are eligible to attend these events. 2022 Insight Evenings are now being scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, with dates are still to be confirmed. If you would like to be informed of confirmed dates, please sign up to the Insight Evenings mailing list.

Work Shadow Day

Students can apply to spend a day at the firm’s offices to shadow a trainee solicitor or solicitor. This one-day experience provides an invaluable insight into the legal profession from the point of view of a large commercial firm. It is an ideal opportunity to learn more about how the firm works and see the type of work that Shepherd and Wedderburn trainees are involved in. Students can apply for a Work Shadow Day in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen

Second-year LLB, first-year accelerated LLB and second-year accelerated LLB students are best suited for this programme. Work Shadow Days will take place between January and May 2022. Depending on government restrictions in relation to social distancing, these may be delivered virtually. If you would like to apply, please email your CV and covering letter to graduateteam@shepwedd.com. Please note that spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 Applications for a 2022 Work Shadow Day close at noon on 31 December 2021.