If you did a vacation scheme with your firm, how would you rate it?

Firm Score (/10)
Forsters LLP 9.87
Burges Salmon LLP 9.76
Roythornes Solicitors 9.67
Nabarro 9.66
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 9.48
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 9.48
Farrer & Co 9.47
Covington & Burling LLP 9.47
Boyes Turner 9.47
Gowling WLG 9.41
Osborne Clarke LLP 9.40
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 9.33
Jones Day 9.26
Latham & Watkins 9.24
Wedlake Bell LLP 9.24
Travers Smith LLP 9.23
Blaser Mills 9.17
Bird & Bird LLP 9.17
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 9.17
Pinsent Masons LLP 9.16
Baker McKenzie LLP 9.16

The quality of vacation schemes varies wildly across the market, with some deployed to showcase a firm and others used to directly source future trainees. Certainly, the more vacation schemes you can bag, the greater your ability to choose the right firm or, indeed, discover whether a legal career is really for you. The firms listed here all stood out for the quality of their vac schemes.

The scheme at Forsters provided a ‘good sense that it was a very friendly firm with a decent level of training and a good work/life balance’ and one trainee ‘knew by lunchtime that day that it was the place for me’. A respondent from Burges Salmon ‘thoroughly enjoyed the vacation scheme and all contact with the firm during the recruitment process’ while a trainee at Roythornes Solicitors chose the firm due to the ‘overwhelmingly positive experience I had on the vacation scheme’.

Nabarro lived up to its ‘really friendly, down-to-earth reputation on the summer scheme’; Sullivan & Cromwell ‘stood out’ during its vacation scheme ‘as having an incredibly friendly environment with extremely smart people that I wanted to learn from’; and trainees at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton ‘enjoyed the vac scheme the most’ compared to others.

Farrer & Co draws praise for the ‘genuine work given, even as a vac scheme student’ and Covington & Burling’s current cohort ‘really enjoyed’ their vacation scheme, as did trainees at Boyes Turner. National heavyweight Gowling WLG was chosen by several trainees following an impressive vac scheme, which conveyed the ‘friendly and unstuffy’ culture of the firm.