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Summer Vacation scheme

Salary notes: 
You will receive a weekly salary of £376.25
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Our spring and summer vacation schemes offer students the opportunity to gain a strong insight into life at Reed Smith, as well as providing a solid account of the type of work encountered as a trainee. We hope to be able to run these schemes face to but due to Covid-19, they may be virtual.

Your seats: you will have the opportunity to experience one or two practice areas of your choice. The spring vacation scheme lasts one week and gives you the chance to experience one seat, and the summer vacation schemes last two weeks, letting you try two seats. Whichever you choose, you’ll have an experienced supervisor, and be integrated into a team and assigned to live projects. You’ll also have a trainee buddy who will act as an informal guide – you can catch up with them at any point, and ask any questions.

Assessment and sessions: alongside your seats, you will have the opportunity to attend various sessions to improve your legal and business skills. These include a pro bono exercise and a variety of workshops, covering topics such as negotiation expertise, cultural intelligence, presentation skills, and business development. These sessions, alongside feedback from your seats, will allow the Graduate Recruitment Team and other people from across the business to assess your suitability for becoming a Reed Smith Trainee.

Getting to know us: throughout the vacation scheme, you will get to experience the real culture of our firm through informal, relaxed socials alongside our trainees. This will give you a chance to really gain a deeper insight into each person’s path to Reed Smith, allowing you to get to know fellow team members and begin to network and build your own profile.

Salary: you will receive a weekly salary of £376.25.


Spring vacation scheme:

  • Graduates
  • Career changers
  • Graduates who have completed their LPC

Summer vacation scheme:

  • Penultimate and final year law undergraduates
  • Final- year non-law graduates

Academic Requirements: 

AAB in your A-Levels or equivalent and a 2.1 in any degree discipline (please inform us of mitigating circumstances)

We will be screening on a rolling basis, please therefore apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, however vacancies will close on 31 December 2020 for our spring vacation scheme and 31 March 2021 for our summer vacation scheme.


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