Trainee Lawyers

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We typically employ 15-20 trainee lawyers in each of our Geneva and Zurich offices, and are permanently recruiting talented and motivated graduates (with a master's degree or equivalent) with an excellent academic background and strong personal skills from all Swiss law schools.

Trainee lawyers and associates form small teams headed by one of our partners. They work with different associates and partners of our firm with a view to giving them broad exposure to different practice areas.

A strong emphasis on training, both on the job and in the form of regular and thorough internal training programs specifically designed for the needs of trainees lawyers, ensures a systematic introduction to various practice areas and solid preparation for the bar exam. In most practice areas, trainees also participate in the regular meetings of the respective practice groups.

Depending on the nature of the assignment, we encourage and expect our trainees to have direct client contact and take responsibility early on with the support and guidance of one of our partners or more senior associates.

Although we formally retain trainee lawyers for the time required to sit for the bar exam, we regard our efforts in their training and education as an important investment in future talent, and offer talented and motivated trainees the opportunity to work with us as associates after the bar exam.

You will find information sheets for our traineeship posted at your law school or in our job openings section.

Articles about career planning

Further information about our career opportunities you will find in the following article published in the "My HSG Career 2019" magazine (DE) of the University of St.Gallen.
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Additionally, please find here an article of N'Jus (Law magazine of the University of Zurich) which focuses on our traineeship programs in Zurich.
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Partner Tanja Luginbühl provides in her interview with "breaking.through" insights into her career at Lenz & Staehelin as well as the challenges of balancing work and family life.
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We look forward to receiving applications from candidates attracted by a modern, team-oriented and challenging work environment. We expect candidates to have successfully graduated from law school (with a master's degree or equivalent) with outstanding academic credentials, excellent language skills (French or German, and ideally English), strong personal skills and broad extracurricular interests.

Please send your application together with your photo, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references to:

Geneva and Lausanne offices:

Private and confidential
Lenz & Staehelin
Daniel Schafer
Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211 Geneva 6

Zurich office:

Private and confidential
Lenz & Staehelin
Tino Gaberthüel
Brandschenkestrasse 24
CH-8027 Zurich