Vacation scheme

We offer 12 - 14 vacation scheme places each and pay £500 per week.

The vacation scheme aims to provide potential training contract applicants with a practical insight into life as a Cleary lawyer. Our objective throughout is to involve participants directly in client work. In addition to providing hands-on experience, the scheme incorporates a series of practice overview sessions designed to ensure exposure to the full range of work that we undertake in London. There are also a number of organised social events so that participants can get to know the current partners, counsel, associates and trainees of the firm outside the office.

Qualification Requirements

We receive a very high number of applications for vacation scheme placements and training contracts each year. To succeed, candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability. We normally expect candidates to be on course to attain a high 2.1 degree or better from a leading university and to have achieved at least AAA at A-Level or the equivalent. Alongside academic ability, we value evidence of extra-curricular achievement. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset, but are not essential.

We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.

When to Apply

Applications for spring and summer vacation placements should be made by 31 January 2024. Successful candidates will be invited to an assessment day in person.

How to Apply

All candidates should submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae via the firm's website including a breakdown by subject of all A-Level (or equivalent) results and degree results where known.

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