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Vacation scheme deadlines

Don’t miss vacation scheme deadlines this winter

Vacation scheme deadlines are now scattered between October and February to keep you on your toes. We’ve put together a list of the need-to-know deadlines along with links to each recruiter’s information.
Most law firms offer these structured work experience programmes to second- or final-year law and non-law students, and tend to pay a subsidy of £250–£400 per week.

Vacation schemes are a significant (and sometimes essential) part of the recruitment process for most large law firms. When you finally arrive at an interview for a training contract, you will be asked what you like about the solicitors’ firm and what sort of legal work they do. The best way to obtain that knowledge is to spend between one and three weeks on a firm’s vac scheme (also known as a vacation placement but rarely, in this sector, as an internship).

Most law firms offer these structured work experience programmes to second- or final-year law and non-law students, and tend to pay a subsidy of £250–£400 per week. Typically, firms offer winter vacation schemes to finalists and graduates, and summer vacation schemes to penultimate-year students, but it’s worth checking individual firms’ requirements by clicking on the links below. Common deadlines for summer placements fall in November, December and January.

We quizzed the following firms about their vac scheme deadlines when putting together TARGETjobs Law 2017 and TARGET jobs Law Vacation Schemes and Mini-pupillages 2017. Here’s what they told us: 

Vacation scheme deadlines

28 October 2016

30 October 2016

31 October 2016

1 November 2016

2 November 2016

4 November 2016

6 November 2016

7 November 2016

30 November 2016

15 December 2016

16 December 2016

30 December 2016

31 December 2016

3 January 2017

5 January 2017

6 January 2017

8 January 2017

12 January 2017

13 January 2017

15 January 2017

27 January 2017

28 January 2017

30 January 2017

31 January 2017

1 February 2017

12 February 2017

24 February 2017

28 February 2017

1 April 2017

See these firms' websites for their individual vacation scheme deadlines 

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