Vacation Scheme

Description of the firm

A practical, straight-talking approach to law. Open, honest and deep relationships with prestigious clients. Training that keeps on evolving. A global community where everyone is on the same wavelength – but always encouraged to be themselves. This is the dynamic that sets Hogan Lovells apart. Everyone pushes to find smarter, bolder solutions; there is a collective desire to share knowledge and work collaboratively; and as a global firm, this applies no matter where we operate. With 2,500 lawyers working in over 45 offices across 26 countries, the close-knit culture that exists between our offices is part of our everyday lives. And now, you can experience this first-hand.

Types of work

The quality of our people. The strength of our global network. The boldness of our ambition. These are all reasons why we are able to attract high profile, multinational clients. It’s our exceptional breadth of practice areas that really makes us stand out. For you, this means we have a variety of potential disciplines to explore across Corporate,  Finance, Government Regulatory, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Arbitration & Employment. It’s a distinctive approach, and one that helps us give clients what they want even before they realise they want it.

Vacation schemes and insight events

Before joining an organisation, one of the best things you can do is get to know them first. After all, you’ll be spending a big chunk of your life at your new firm, so it makes sense to make sure it’s the right one for you. That’s where our first year opportunities come in. First year law students can apply for our vacation scheme,  to get a taste of Hogan Lovells. We also run insight events for first year students of any degree discipline. Come along to our offices on any of the three summer dates and enjoy an experience packed with tailored workshops and presentations. You’ll find out everything you need to know and see what life is like at a global law firm.

If Hogan Lovells is the place for you, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one of our vacation schemes. Running from two to three weeks, our schemes are a perfect launch pad for a legal career. And each one is carefully tailored to students at different stages of their career planning. Working alongside partners, associates and trainees, you’ll support  client work in our key practice areas. You’ll draft documents, go to meetings, do legal research and, where possible, attend court. It’s hands-on learning that’s reinforced by workshops, discussions, case studies, work shadowing, social events and more. As experience, it’s invaluable.

Who we are looking for

Our teams tackle some of the most intricate legal and commercial issues that businesses face  So we look to recruit smart, collaborative and determined individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. You will have the ability to adapt to new surroundings, the resilience to deliver complex work to deadlines and the agility to face the unpredictable with confidence. A quick mind is also pivotal, so a strong academic record from GCSE onwards is essential. You should be pushing for a good 2:1 (or equivalent) or above in your university degree. But above all, you’ll have the ability to work effectively with others and build lasting relationships with colleagues and clients alike.

When and how to apply

Applications for all our events and schemes open from 1 October 2016. Our Insight Events will run on three dates between June – July 2017. To attend, you must be in your first year of study at university and have submitted you application by 24 February 2017.

As for our vacation schemes, first year law students must apply for our first year vacation scheme by 24 February 2017. Students in their penultimate year onwards must apply by 6 January 2017 to be eligible for our summer and spring vacation schemes. We also have a winter vacation scheme for all final year students and graduates, the closing date for which is 30 October 2016.

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