Each recruit will spend a year at his or her local Lewis office before joining one of the firm's 19 offices in Europe, the US and Asia-
'It's our attempt to keep the culture consistent throughout our network,' said marketing manager David Cunningham. He added that the programme will focus on Lewis's Boston and San Francisco offices – its largest in the US.
'We ran a graduate scheme in the UK for six years,' said Cunningham. 'But the global scheme will help raise the calibre of our graduates because it acts as a selling point for us.'
The graduates will join a global 190-strong team, which is set to expand to over 220 by the end of the year.
Global HR director Carol-Ann White, who runs the programme, said executives with experience of different global markets were required to secure larger accounts.
Lewis has been in expansive mood this year, opening offices in New York City and Los Angeles. V-P Andy Oliver will head up the LA office, focusing on securing technology clients that work in the Hollywood film industry.
This week Lewis signalled a branching out from tech territory with its appointment by North-East law firm Dickinson Dees to a profile-raising account.