Trainee Lawyers

Help us shape the Future of the Industry

When you join us for your legal traineeship ('avocat/e stagiaire' in Geneva or 'Substitutin/Substitut' in Zurich), you benefit from our collaborative culture, inspiring colleagues and training. You will gain quality experience across a broad range of legal practices and with national and international clients as you prepare for the bar exam.

Following the required 14-18-month term, you have the option to work for a few months in our other Swiss office (Zurich or Geneva).

Traineeship in Zurich or Geneva

You will work across various practice groups throughout your 14-month traineeship in Zurich (‘Substitutenjahr’) or 18-month 
traineeship in Geneva (‘stage d’avocat’). You will work with different teams of lawyers, gaining valuable first-hand experience dealing with a variety of legal issues commonly handled by an international business law firm. Alongside ‘on the job’ training, we offer numerous further education opportunities and support, including continuous in-house educational programmes (organised by the various practice groups) and special coaching sessions designed to help you prepare for the bar exam.

Start your Legal Career with us

Finding a training contract that’s right for you is a critical step in your legal career. At Schellenberg Wittmer, you have access to top quality work, high-profile clients, a high-powered environment and first-class training.

Have you graduated from university with excellent grades? Do you have a high command of the respective Swiss national language(s) and very good working knowledge of English? Are you motivated to be the best in your field and have a service-oriented mindset? Get in touch as welcome new and talented graduates to the Schellenberg Wittmer’s traineeship programme each year

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, university certificates and records, as well as references to Anya George and HR Coordinator Laura Steiner in Zurich or Clara Poglia and her assistant Morgann Couturier in Geneva. Spaces are limited, and the demand is high, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


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