Vacation scheme deadlines?

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As good bargains go, vacation schemes stand out as amazing 3-for-1 deals: for just a few weeks of your time, you get to improve your resume, brush up your legal skills and, best of all, you can see first-hand what life’s truly like at your favourite law firm before committing to the full training contract experience.

Because we know a number of you are set on giving vacation schemes a try, we’ve put together a collection of relevant application deadlines to help you along.

Check out the Career Clinic while you’re on the website!

Opportunities with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • International Workshop
    29-30 March 2012
    Open to all students
    A chance to compare what life is like in two Freshfields offices – London and Paris
    Take part in a case study and meet partners, associates and trainees from both offices
  • First-year Focus Programme
    10-11 April 2012
    Open to first year undergraduate students
    See what life is like in a commercial law firm and gain skills to prepare you for vacation scheme and training contract application forms and interviews

How to apply

Deadline for your application
24 February 2012

Shortcuts! Make the most of the PCC!

This feature by The College of Law’s careers team manager Angela Smith on the site should give you some pointers on the help you can get from the Placement and Careers Service (1st Floor, Bannerman) all year round.

Bird & Bird in house presentation evening

Bird & Bird Offices (15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP): 19 January 2012
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This is your chance to find out more about a career with Bird & Bird, in advance of their summer placement scheme deadline. You will be able to hear talks from their partners and current trainees, and network during informal drinks.

Law Vacancies For Students With A Disability

EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation providing a free service to students and graduates with all disabilities, including dyslexia, long term illnesses or mental health conditions, to ease the transition from education to employment.  They offer support, guidance and advice throughout the recruitment process and beyond from CV and application form writing, disability disclosure and reasonable adjustments to supporting them during their internship or graduate programme. 

They are currently recruiting disabled students/ graduates for the following legal opportunities: 

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with Herbert Smith to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their unique Training Contract, or for those wanting to gain invaluable work experience and an insight into the industry, their excellent Spring or Summer Vacation Scheme.

About Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith LLP is an international legal practice with over 1,400 lawyers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It also has a major focus on emerging markets, including China, India and Russia. This, combined with an alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe and a network of relationship firms, enables Herbert Smith to provide a seamless, cross-border service on a global level.

Herbert Smith covers over 30 specialist areas of law and is the leading litigation firm in Europe and Asia, and is well known for its merger, acquisition and take-over advice, as well as most forms of financing. Its specialist services include energy, competition, insurance and intellectual property practices.

Herbert Smith Spring & Summer Vacation Scheme 2012

During the scheme you will be exposed to the highest quality contentious and non-contentious work and have an opportunity to sit with a partner or associate in a different practice area each week.  You will be treated as one of the team and given real work for real clients.  In addition, there will be a range of talks, workshops and social events for you to enjoy, which will enable you to get to know people in the firm on an informal basis.Wherever you work within Herbert Smith you’ll find an enjoyable and supportive environment. Their collegiate and non-hierarchical culture means you’ll learn to think creatively, challenge assumptions and take nothing at face value.


Spring Scheme (2 weeks): 26 March to 5 April 2012   APPLY NOW

Summer Scheme (3 weeks): 18 June to 6 July 2012 or 9 July to 27 July 2012   APPLY NOW

Who should apply?  Penultimate year students, finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline.

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011

Herbert Smith Training Contract 2012 (Intake 2014)

Their two-year training programme provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop skills across a range of practice areas. During your training contract you are likely to spend time in corporate and dispute resolution as well as finance or real estate. Seats are also available in the firm’s specialist practice areas such as the advocacy unit, employment, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, pensions and incentives, and private wealth and charities.  You may also take up one of the many opportunities for pro bono work, including secondments to Liberty – something they actively encourage.

Wherever you find yourself, as a Herbert Smith trainee you’ll be treated as one of the team, working and training alongside some of the world’s best lawyers. You’ll be contributing directly to the success of their clients, some of the best and biggest companies in the world.

Start Date?  March 2014 / September 2014

Who should apply?  Finalists and graduates of law and any other degree discipline

Application deadline:    Wednesday 28 December 2011  APPLY NOW

For all these opportunities please register with EmployAbility or login to your profile, and complete the application online.

Please contact EmployAbility should you require the application form in an alternative format or if you have any questions or require further information regarding the Herbert Smith Vacation Scheme or Training Contract. We can provide additional information about this programme and can give you useful advice and tips on how to make a successful application.