The future of law is here.
It’s never too early to start building your future in law. Join us on the Herbert Smith Freehills summer vacation scheme and start today.
Explore our firm for yourself, build your connections and find your vocation, with hands-on training from leading lawyers. You’ll have a guaranteed interview for a training contract at the end of the scheme.
Who are Herbert Smith Freehills?
We are a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, we are the place to build your future in law.
By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, and fostering an innovative and inclusive culture where they can flourish, we are building a law firm ready to lead the future. Our progressive approach allows us to continually pioneer; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. You’ll add your insight and expertise from day one.
What are the benefits?
- Salary: £450 per week
- Guaranteed interview for a training contract upon completion of the scheme
What will I be doing?
Our vacation schemes immerse you in our work, networks and the international world of law. Key features:
- You’ll sit with a partner or a senior associate, delivering real work for real clients.
- You’ll attend workshops and presentations covering all of our practice areas. You’ll also spend time working on a pro bono research project.
- You’ll be invited to various networking events with partners, associates and trainees.
What we look for
Demonstrate an interest in client relationships and how you would go about building on these. You should also be able to demonstrate good active listening skills and persuasive skills to gain support for ideas.
As well as considered reasoning and a desire to learn, using initiative is a key skill for a trainee. Think about how you would seek out new opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role.
Academic excellence should be demonstrated through degree classification. Whilst a minimum of a 2:1 is preferred, we take mitigating circumstances into account. There is space on the application form to include these details which are taken into consideration throughout the application process.
Contributions to the team’s success
Communication skills are critical for trainees, think about examples where you have been able to bring about positive outcomes by communicating and collaborating with colleagues.
Students can demonstrate this competency by giving examples of organisational skills and showing that they are able to cope well under pressure.
Motivation for a career in law at the firm
Think about why you have chosen to pursue a career in commercial law, and why Herbert Smith Freehills in particular.
- Schemes run: 14 June – 2 July 2021 and 5 July – 23 July 2021.
- Apply between: 14 September 2020 – 4 December 2020.
- Assessment centres: January – March 2021 (open to penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates).
We only recruit our future trainees from our vacation schemes and all candidates will have the opportunity at the end of their vacation scheme to interview for a training contract. These schemes have been specifically designed to build and test the unique combination of skills and potential required to succeed at Herbert Smith Freehills. It’s really important to us that you have the combination of skills and potential that we’re looking for: it will enable you to become a better lawyer, build stronger connections with our team and hit the ground running when you start your career here.
It’s a two-way process. The scheme gives you the chance to get to know us and see what life for you would be like at Herbert Smith Freehills before you make a decision about your career.
For those who are unable to attend a vacation scheme, please get in touch with Anna O'Dwyer to discuss your individual circumstances, which we will consider on a case-by-case basis.
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