If you've graduated or you're in the final or penultimate year of your degree (or second year of a four-year course), our Summer Vacation Scheme is the perfect stepping stone to a Training Contract.
Our Summer Vacation Scheme is designed to give you a realistic taste of what it’s like working for a global law firm. We’ll involve you in live work. You’ll attend client meetings and network with fee-earners of all levels – Partners, Associates and Trainee Solicitors. A lunch with our Management Committee will also give you a better understanding of the Firm’s overall strategy.
Over the course of three weeks, we’ll give you experience in two different seats, with an allocated supervisor and a buddy in each. Since pro bono work is such an important aspect of what we do, you’ll also get to undertake a pro bono project.
Along the way, there’ll be training sessions to help familiarise you with some of our typical transactions, and develop some of the key skills you’ll need as a Trainee Solicitor. You’ll also take part in a client pitch exercise, which is a great opportunity to work closely with other people on the Vacation Scheme.
How many places are there?
There are 15 places available.
Who can apply?
Graduates, final-year and penultimate-year students (and those in the second year of a four-year course) in any degree discipline.
How long is it, and when?
The scheme is run over three weeks from 19th June 2023 – 7th July 2023.
What are the eligibility requirements?
You should have, or be on track for, a 2:1 or above. We use a contextualised recruitment system, which enables us to consider those with real potential who fall slightly short of our criteria.
Are attendees paid for their time or expenses?
Attendees are paid £386.75 per week.
Where is it based?
At the Baker McKenzie offices in London.
When should I apply?
Applications are open from 1st October 2022 – 1st January 2023.
You can apply for the Summer Vacation Scheme from 1st October 2022 by clicking here.
Your application must be with us by 1st January 2023.
The scheme will start on the 19th June 2023 and takes place over three weeks.
“I’d heard a lot about the reputation of the Firm and that there was a very friendly culture. I actually did a week of work experience after my first year of university in the Disputes team. I really enjoyed that, so it encouraged me to apply for the Vacation Scheme.”
Natalie Haydon — Trainee Solicitor
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