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The vacation scheme at Macfarlanes is designed to give you an insight into life as a trainee over the course of two weeks.

What to expect

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 our work. You might draft a letter and then work through the draft with a solicitor or trainee; or you might do some research on 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.

In the second week of the vacation scheme you will have the opportunity to be assessed for the training contract.

Scheme dates

The dates of our 2021 vacation schemes are as follows:

Easter: Tuesday 6 April – Friday 16 April
Summer One: Monday 28 June – Friday 9 July
Summer Two: Monday 12 July – Friday 23 July


To apply for the vacation scheme you will need to be in at least the penultimate year of your degree. 

Applications for the 2020 Vacation Schemes are now closed. Applications for the 2021 Easter and Summer Vacation Schemes will open from 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Assessment days for the vacation scheme take place from early January 2021. 

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Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5