That said, some hands-on legal experience really is increasingly expected of strong candidates, and vacation schemes remain the gold standard for law firm work experience. The application window for a large number of this year’s schemes closes this month, and competition for places is increasingly fierce so jot down the key deadline dates and give yourself time to draft a strong application.
A wise recruitment head once told Lex that vacation schemes are a ‘great opportunity for you to find out more about your shortlisted firms, their cultures and values, and importantly whether they are the right fit for you.’
We also recently heard from a former vac schemer and now trainee who saw the fortnight as a chance to shine: ‘Many firms treat vacation schemes as extended interviews to determine if candidates can complement their businesses. Although this may sound intimidating, to the contrary, a scheme is the perfect opportunity to showcase your abilities, personality and enthusiasm.'
A big thank you to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring our vacation scheme deadlines page, which can be found here
For more information about vacation schemes, see our Career Clinic article here