If you’re looking for a head start in your career.

The foundation of a successful career as a commercial lawyer is laid at university and during your legal traineeship. When training with us, you can expect a steep learning curve and excellent career prospects as well as a competitive salary and flexible working conditions.

Training and career

On client matters and in the GOF Academy

Training on the job
You will work in your chosen area with a number of partners with various specializations who will help you acquire a broad range of knowledge and develop your own unique style. At GOF, you will be closely involved in client matters right from the start and have nearly the same responsibilities as graduate hires.

On projects in the mid-cap range for top-class clients, you will develop your skills in legal drafting, negotiation and project management. This early involvement gives all our trainees a significant edge over their peers in big international firms.

GOF Academy
We also offer training that is not directly related to our work for clients. The GOF Academy provides legal and commercial expertise in key practice areas (finance, M&A, corporate law) through internal and external presentations and seminars. Our legal trainees are eligible for all internal offers of the GOF Academy.

Our models for trainees and PhD students

Parallel to your PhD:
Are you currently working on your PhD, but want practical experience as well? Then you also have options at GOF. And if you’re still looking for a topic for your PhD thesis, we’d be glad to help you find it. You will also benefit from our connections with academics and foundations.

Parallel to your traineeship:
We also welcome legal trainees who are at a mandatory stage of their legal traineeship but also want workplace experience with a respected law firm.

During your lawyer or elective stage:
You can gain valuable work experience at GOF during the relevant training stations (Rechtsanwaltsstation, Wahlstation). We are extremely flexible when it comes to the number of working days, your overall time with us and leave to prepare for exams. We can also help you find an elective placement abroad at one of our partner law firms.


Real career prospects after training

GOF has an excellent reputation as one of Germany’s leading law firms, having won multiple industry awards. A traineeship with us will give you a direct insight into an international commercial law practice.

As our track record shows, the chances of employment at the end of your traineeship are particularly high. If you’re a match for our firm, both professionally and personally, we’ll discuss your opportunities before you take your second state exam. Which means you can prepare for that exam with added peace of mind.

If you’re searching for the right balance for a successful career.

We understand how challenging it can be to work in a commercial law firm. But we also believe you need to prepare well for your state examination or PhD. We are therefore committed to finding the right balance between your academic and practical training.

What our staff have to say about GOF

Maria Reh
Former research

Rarely I have learned so much in such a short time. I was always able to count on my colleagues for support.

Dr. Lucas Lengersdorf
Former Research assistant,
during PhD studies

As well as supporting me with my thesis, GOF offered an excellent social life with regular events. These events are an integral part of life at the firm (drinks, Oktoberfest, ski weekend in Kitzbühel, etc.).

Become part of the GOF story

If you are passionate about a career as a commercial lawyer, working with high-profile and international clients as part of a team where each individual counts, then we look forward to receiving your application. We expect excellent legal qualifications and an equally good team ethic.


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