About Articles
Articles is Rare's multi-award-winning development programme for candidates applying for vacation schemes and training contracts with our legal clients.

73% of the candidates on last year’s programme received at least one vacation scheme or training contract offer from one of the 13 Articles firms.

If you're serious about your career, and prepared to put in the necessary work, then this programme is for you.

Why take part?
Competition for vacation scheme places and training contracts is fierce. The application and interview process is rigorous. Top law firms use a range of assessments including online tests, case studies and commercial awareness interviews to help them decide who to hire.

With your hard work, and the support that Articles provides, you will give yourself the best possible chance of securing a vacation scheme and, ultimately, a training contract.
 
What does it involve?
During the programme, participants benefit from:

  • Five one-to-one coaching sessions with our expert coaches who include: former Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May lawyer Melissa Andrewes, former Managing Partner at Travers Smith, Andrew Lilley, former Head of Banking at White & Case, Magdalene Bayim-Adomako, former Head of Employment at Travers Smith, Dorothy Henderson, former partner at Hogan Lovells, Cary Kochberg, former lawyer and Global Head of Training, Banking at Allen & Overy, Rita Dev, former Corporate partner at Allen & Overy, Ian Stanley and former Real Estate partner at Allen & Overy, Imogen Moss. These sessions will include topical and challenging discussions, case study practice and general preparation for interviews.
  • Virtual or in-person group sessions at Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, Mishcon de Reya, Slaughter and May, Travers Smith and White & Case. Partners, associates, trainees and members of graduate recruitment teams participate in these sessions, providing candidates with exceptional networking and learning opportunities. These sessions also allow candidates to share ideas and to learn from one another.
  • Support with applications and interviews with these firms.


AM I ELIGIBLE?
Articles is open to Black African and Black Caribbean students and students of mixed race with Black African and Black Caribbean heritage in their first year of a three year course or second year of a four year course. You must be a Rare candidate to apply.

The programme is very competitive. You will need ABB or equivalent at A-Level, or at least 34 IB points. We will take into account contextual information and mitigating circumstances, including the impact of COVID-19 on your examinations.


How do I apply?
Candidates can apply online from 24 January 2022.

Selected applicants will then complete an interview in February or March 2022 to secure a place on the programme.

 


 
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