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

More than 100 - Number of vacation schemes Articles participants have secured between them in the last three years

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 is fiercer than ever. 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. Each year, excellent people get rejected.

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 Allen & Overy lawyer and Graduate Recruitment Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills, Carly Gilberg and former Travers Smith lawyer, Julianna Barnaby. These sessions will include topical and challenging debate and discussion exercises, as well as general preparation for interviews.
  • Group sessions at the London offices of Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Macfarlanes, 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.

Articles is open to BAME students in their first year of a three year course or second year of a four year course.

The programme is very competitive. You will need AAB or equivalent at A-Level, or at least 34 IB points. We will take into account contextual information and mitigating circumstances.

How do I apply?
Candidates can apply online from 2 December 2019.

Selected applicants will then complete an interview to secure a place on the programme.


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