Picking a firm for its overseas opportunities can be well worth the effort.
Note that certain cities – Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore – are particularly common destinations for sending trainees to. If you want to go abroad and don't mind where you go, these are the likeliest contenders.
Some firms are known for sending trainees to unusual locations. For example, Slaughter and May sends trainees to São Paulo, Toronto and Oslo, Clyde & Co trainees can go to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and CMS offers seats in Bucherst, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Note that certain firms, especially the magic circle, will offer several seats at a time in locations like Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt or Dubai.
New York is probably the most popular secondment destination among trainees, and doing a seat here is always a competitive business which may require some lobbying of lawyers in the US. To get the Inside View on life as a young lawyer in the US why not check out our sister publication for US law students Chambers Associate.
Finally, remember that overseas seat options are always changing based on the staffing needs of each office. The information below was provided to the Chambers Student Guide in summer 2016. If you have your heart set on a secondment to a certain location do check with a firm to hear its latest secondments options.