We are looking for candidates with a fundamental legal education of 4-5 years. We value candidates who have an additional qualification in business law such as an LL.M. from an anglo-saxon country, a Belgian or a French post graduate degree, or an equivalent additional qualification from another country.
Given our wide client base throughout Europe and worldwide, we place a high importance on language skills. A substantial amount of our work is carried out in English and it is therefore essential that candidates have a level of fluency in this language in which they may work in a proficient way.
Typically, we also require that candidates be fluent in French as Luxembourg laws, case law and legal studies are usually drafted in French. It would similarly be beneficial for candidates to have a proficient level of German, as a large part of our clients are based in Germany. In addition, German is an official language in Luxembourg, together with Luxembourgish and French.
A thorough knowledge of any other language would also be welcome, as Arendt & Medernach wishes to provide its clients with the widest range of competences and skills.
To ensure that our lawyers progress on a professional and social level, we prefer candidates who demonstrate qualities such as strong intellect, attention to detail, commitment and enthusiasm in their approach towards work. We further believe that it is essential that candidates possess good communication and inter-personal skills in order to liaise effectively with clients and to work with colleagues within a team structure.
We are interested in recruiting all of the following profiles, this list not being exhaustive:
Most of our new recruits belong to this category. Either Luxembourgish or foreign students having completed at least their 4-5 year legal studies may register at the Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg, the Luxembourg University, and subject to ratification in Luxembourg of their foreign universities diploma, start a 6-month period of study in various different courses on Luxembourg law (cours complémentaires).
The courses start at the beginning of October and end in March. They comprise about twenty different subject matters, including commercial law, civil law, international private law and procedural law. When the exams at the end of this period are passed, the student takes oath and becomes a trainee lawyer. A two-year period of judicial traineeship (stage judiciaire) then commences.
During the legal traineeship, the trainee lawyer will have to complete practical work, attend conferences and carry out various professional obligations as pro bono which will be reported in a traineeship report book (carnet de stage).
During a traineeship at Arendt & Medernach, the trainee will be given responsibility from an early stage and will work on client files under the supervision of a partner and/or a senior associate in the relevant department. The trainee will take part in the day-to-day operations of the firm and will receive training and guidance on a practical level in all departments in the firm.
Arendt & Medernach is supportive in providing assistance to its trainees in order to enable them to meet and comply with any obligations of the Luxembourg Bar. Our firm is aware of the requirements triggered by the carnet de stage, and considers that it is important to allow the trainees the necessary time to comply with such obligations.
The legal traineeship is completed with a final traineeship exam (examen de fin de stage) comprising written exams on seven subject matters and one oral exam. On passing this exam, the trainee lawyer becomes a qualified lawyer (Avocat à la Cour).
We welcome new colleagues who are already qualified in Luxembourg, and we aim to make them feel integrated and welcome from the moment of their arrival.
We believe that to continue as a successful international law firm it is important to have a diversity of lawyers from all backgrounds. We therefore also recruit lawyers from foreign jurisdictions who are qualified and are practicing under their home-country professional title.
Most of our lawyers are qualified in Belgium, France and Germany, and come have a US Bar qualification, usually from the New York Bar.
We are also interested in recruiting candidates who have completed their legal education or who may have worked in the legal area without being qualified lawyers. We expect from our legal jurists the same level of involvement and professionalism as from any other qualified lawyer.
We organise summer internships for university students. Such traineeships permit students with an interest in law to gain a useful insight into the the firm. It allows students to put into practice the legal theories they have learned at university and will introduce other practical aspects of law not necessarily encountered at university.
We ensure that students are supervised by a lawyer allocated to him/her, in order to make sure that the student is well integrated and to guarantee adequate attention.
In addition to providing students with professional experience, Arendt & Medernach is eager to integrate students into the law firm on a long-term basis. The aim is to take on competent and motivated students who are contemplating applying for a position at Arendt & Medernach after their university studies.
For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.