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We actively encourage all candidates who are considering applying to us for a trainee solicitor position to undertake a two-week vacation placement with us, as almost all our trainee solicitors have done. We offer 40 vacation places (approximately 10 in winter, 10 in spring, and 10 in each of two summer schemes) and pay £500 per week.

The vacation schemes aim to provide potential training contract applicants with a practical insight into life as a Cleary Gottlieb 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 social events outside the office to help participants get to know the current partners, associates, and trainees of the firm.

We receive a 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 or better from a leading university and to have achieved the best reasonably attainable grades at secondary school, taking into account each applicant’s individual circumstances. Alongside academic ability, we value evidence of extracurricular achievement. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset, but are not essential.

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