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Vacation Scheme

The vacation scheme at Macfarlanes is designed to give you an insight into life as a trainee over the course of two weeks.
As a vacation scheme student, you will be given as much hands-on experience as possible, enabling you to develop a real understanding of the firm's culture and work. You might draft a letter and then work through the draft with a solicitor or trainee; or research a live issue for a client. Alternatively, you may be taken to client meetings or to meet counsel.

The two weeks will be split across two different practice areas to maximise your exposure. You will find yourself working alongside a partner, solicitor or trainee. At the same time, you will undertake a mock transaction that will run for the duration of your placement.
Away from the work the scheme has a strong social component. As well as the organised events (socials with our trainees for example or lunch with our partners) there will be many opportunities to get to know people throughout the firm and to find out if Macfarlanes is right for you.

The dates of our 2019 vacation schemes are:

Easter: 8 - 18 April 2019
Summer scheme 1: 24 June - 5 July 2019
Summer scheme 2: 8 - 19 July 2019

Who we’re looking for?

At Macfarlanes, we don’t have any preconceptions about who you are or where you’re from. We want people who are academically strong, with determination and drive. However, we aren’t looking for any particular educational background. For us, it’s your potential that really counts. 

We’ll want to see that you have resilience, determination and exceptional communication skills. You must be confident when it comes to giving advice and making decisions. Most of all, we are looking for people who will relish the chance to work alongside some of the world’s most successful and ambitious businesses and individuals. 

We expect you to have a 2:1 degree or above – that could be in law or in another subject. 

Application Process

Our application form is online. The form itself is simple and is designed to give you every opportunity to impress us.
If your online application is successful, you will be invited to one of our assessment days – this will involve a group exercise, a written exercise and an interview with one of our partners. Our assessment days begin in early January, so we recommend submitting your application as soon as you can.

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