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Summer Vacation Scheme 2019

Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm and among the 50 largest UK law firms. Our business model is straightforward – the highest quality advice, outstanding client service and value for money. Our highly collaborative culture underpins this model and has created our strong ambition to grow. Increased scale and focus have enabled us to achieve leading positions in our work for substantial and high growth businesses and individuals as well as in the health, higher education and further education sectors, real estate and insurance across the UK.

Our commercial clients include global and UK based businesses, FTSE and AIM listed organisations, private companies and start-ups. We work with firms across the globe (including fellow members of the SCG Legal, a worldwide network of leading law firms) to support our clients’ international requirements.

For the 15th year running, Mills & Reeve has been listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, which recognises that we put people at the centre of our business.

We believe that success can only be achieved through hard work, commitment and investment in the right people.

Areas of practic

Mills & Reeve’s services are delivered through firm-wide core groups: corporate & commercial, employment, family, insurance disputes, private client, projects & construction, real estate and regulatory, public & commercial disputes. The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in charities, education, food & agribusiness, government, health, insurance, private wealth, sport, technology and life sciences.

Vacation scheme

Our award winning summer placement scheme is the ideal introduction to both Mills & Reeve and the legal profession. We offer two weeks’ work experience at one of our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester (with the opportunity to spend time in our Leeds office) or Norwich.

During the placement, you will experience real work with a variety of solicitors in four different legal areas. This may mean undertaking legal research, preparing or checking draft documents, attending court and client meetings or serving proceedings.

You will be paired with one of our trainees who will answer your day to day questions and help you make the most of your experience. Presentations and a selection of social events which will allow you to appreciate our culture.

Who should apply?

  • We welcome applications from penultimate or final year law students, final year non-law students and graduates. We expect you to have already gained or be on course for a 2.1 degree or equivalent from either law or non-law disciplines.
  • We recruit graduates who set high standards of achievement in both their academic and personal life.
  • You’ll have a good balance between academic ability, interpersonal skills, drafting skills, common sense, commercial awareness, confidence and a professional attitude to work. You will also be willing to accept early responsibility.
  • A high proportion of our trainees have completed a summer placement with the firm.

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