A talent factory that is different. It is true that we took our inspiration from football. Just as the legendary football team of Mönchengladbach was predominantly a product of its own youth training scheme, our law firm looks after its future lawyers via our “talent hothouse”.
Apart from joining our talent hothouse, you can also work for us during your clerkship, in particular if you wish to spend the law-firm part with us, or while you are preparing your PhD; in each case you would be paid a salary. We offer talented jurists an individual training programme by giving them the opportunity to work on briefs. Experienced partners acting as personal mentors and persons of trust assist and coach you. Our own in-house clerkship academy evens your path to legal excellence and helps you finetune your skills. It includes an exam-preparation course and further events organised by Kaiserseminare.
You can find further information about the application under job offers.
Feedback from someone in the know: Dr Michael Kühn.
Admission to the German Bar followed by a PhD followed by a partnership
“After studying in Frankfurt, Keele (UK) and Mainz, I completed my clerkship working at the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz. During the elective part of my clerkship I came across RITTERSHAUS and was directly admitted to their “Talent Hothouse”. From day one I was mentored by Dr Wolf-Henrik Friedrich, who gave me intensive personal support and encouragement. At the time, I was very happy to accept the offer of RITTERSHAUS to work part-time for the firm while I was finishing my PhD. I had just become a father for the first time and could otherwise not have afforded spending the remaining two years on my doctorate.
But above all I was able to acquire practical experience straight away and was never out of the loop even while I was working on my PhD. Directly after being admitted to the German Bar, I was part of a team that worked on very complex briefs, and I was given responsibility for my own brief very early on. Since I found inheritance law and succession issues involving family-run companies fascinating, I was able to attend a course to specialise in that field of law after my PhD and qualify as mediator later on. Professional development is very important to RITTERSHAUS: In the meantime, I also qualified as a CP (cooperative practice) lawyer and as a certified executor of wills.
A career development like this in such a short time would have been impossible without the professional as well as friendly environment of a law firm like RITTERSHAUS. In particular the “Talent Hothouse” and the personal training provided by my mentor have incentivised me time and again and pushed me to get ahead.”