Vacation Scheme Deadlines

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. Many thanks to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring the following information table:

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Firm Vacation Scheme Application Deadline Scheme Dates
Addleshaw Goddard Spring 5 January 2020 April 2020
Addleshaw Goddard Summer 5 January 2020 June and July 2020
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Summer 31 January 2020 July 2020
Ashfords LLP Summer 30 April 2020 Sucessful candidates will be invited for a week of work experience which will end with an assessment centre on the Friday
Ashurst Winter 3 November 2019 9–13 December 2019
Ashurst Ahead with Ashurst 5 January 2020 6–9 April 2020
Ashurst Summer 22 June–10 July 2020 5 January 2020
Baker McKenzie LLP Spring 1 December 2019
Baker McKenzie LLP Summer 1 January 2020
Bates Wells Summer 31 January 2020 1-12 June and 15-26 June 2020 (apply from 1 October 2019. Process includes online application form, Watson-Glaser test, face-to-face competency-based interview, vacation scheme, final training contract interview with managing partner.)
Bevan Brittan LLP Summer 28 February 2020 15-26 June 2020
Birketts LLP Summer Dates to be confirmed
Bristows LLP Winter 17 November 2019 11-12 December 2019
Bristows LLP Spring 31 January 2020 25-26 March 2020
Bristows LLP Summer 24-25 June 2020 31 January 2020
Burges Salmon LLP Winter 9 September 2019 9-13 December 2019
Burges Salmon LLP Spring 10 January 2020 14-24 April 2020
Burges Salmon LLP Summer 8-19 June 2020 and 22 June- 3 July 2020 10 January 2020
Burness Paull LLP Spring – Insight day See website for details.
Burness Paull LLP Summer Six weeks during June, July and August. See website for application process details.
Charles Russell Speechlys Spring 31 January 2020
Charles Russell Speechlys Summer 31 January 2020
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Winter 9-20 December 2019
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Spring 30 March-9 April 2020
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Summer 22 June-3 July 2020, 6-17 July 2020
Clifford Chance Winter 12 December 2019
Clifford Chance Spring 12 December 2019
Clifford Chance Summer 12 December 2019
Clyde & Co LLP Spring 5 January 2020 30 Mar- 9 Apr, apply 1 October 2019)
Clyde & Co LLP Summer 5 January 2020 Summer 1 Vacation Scheme: 15-26 June, Summer 2 Vacation Scheme: 6-17 July, Manchester Vacation Scheme: 2- July – 31 July (applications open 1 October 2019)
CMS Summer 1 January 2020 July 2020
Coffin Mew LLP Summer 1 June 2020
Cooley (UK) LLP Summer 31 January 2020 June/July 2020
Covington & Burling LLP Winter 12 November 2019
Covington & Burling LLP Summer 17 January 2020
Cripps Pemberton Greenish Summer 30 April 2020 2 weeks in July 2020
DAC Beachcroft Spring Please see website for details
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Spring 5 January 2020 April 2019
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Summer 5 January 2020 June-July 2019
Dechert LLP Spring 31 January 2020
Dechert LLP Summer 31 January 2020
Farrer & Co Spring 30 March-9 April 2020.
Farrer & Co Summer Scheme 1, 29 June-10 July; scheme 2, 20 July-31 July 2020.
Forsters LLP Summer 31 January 2020 June-July 2020
Gateley Summer 11 February 2020 June-July
Goodwin Procter (UK) LLP Summer 10 January 2020
HFW Spring 31 January 2020
HFW Summer 31 January 2020
Hill Dickinson LLP Summer 31 January 2020
Hogan Lovells Winter 31 October 2019
Hogan Lovells Summer 5 January 2020
Irwin Mitchell Summer 12 January 2020 June 2020
Jones Day Winter 25 October 2019 Two weeks in December 2019
Jones Day Spring 13 December 2019 Two weeks in April 2020
Jones Day Summer Two weeks in July 2020 10 January 2020
K&L Gates LLP Summer 31 January 2020 July 2020
Kennedys Law LLP Winter 30 September 2019 January 2020
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Spring 5 January 2020 April 2020
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Summer 5 January 2020 July 2020
Latham & Watkins Winter December 2019
Latham & Watkins Spring April 2020
Latham & Watkins Summer July 2020
Leathes Prior Spring 31 March 2020 Week commencing 20 April 2020
Leathes Prior Summer 31 March 2020 Week commencing 15 June 2020
Lester Aldridge LLP Summer 1 March 2020 July 2020
Macfarlanes LLP Spring 31 January 2020 Easter 2020
Macfarlanes LLP Summer 31 July 2020 Date TBC
Macfarlanes LLP First Year Open Day Date TBC 28 February 2020
Mayer Brown International LLP Spring 31 January 2020
Mayer Brown International LLP Summer 31 January 2020
Memery Crystal Spring 31 January 2020 April 2020
Michelmores LLP Summer 31 January 2020 July 2020
Milbank LLP Summer 31 January 2020 Apply from 1 October 2019
Mills & Reeve Summer 5 January 2020 June/July 2020
Mishcon de Reya LLP Spring Please see website for details.
Mishcon de Reya LLP Summer Please see website for details.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP Summer 31 January 2020 July 2020 (apply online; interviews take place in February)
Morrison and Foerster LLP Summer 5 January 2020 15-26 June and 29-10 July 2020
Norton Rose Fulbright Winter vacation scheme 2019 8 November 2019 applications open 1 October 2019
Norton Rose Fulbright Spring vacation scheme 2020 12 January 2020 applications open 1 October 2019
Norton Rose Fulbright Summer vacation scheme 2020 applications open 1 October 2019 31 January 2020
Osborne Clarke LLP Summer 15 January 2020 July 2020
Penningtons Manches Cooper Summer 31 January 2020 Week-long placements throughout July
Reed Smith LLP Vacation schemes Please see website for details.
Roythornes Limited Summer 31 March 2020 First two weeks in July 2020
RPC Summer 17 January 2020
Russell-Cooke LLP Spring 21 February 2020 23-27 March and 30 March-3 April 2020
Shoosmiths LLP Summer 28 February 2020 May/June 2020
Sidley Austin Winter 4 November 2019
Sidley Austin Spring 31 January 2020
Sidley Austin Summer 31 January 2020
Simmons & Simmons Winter Apply from 1 October 2019.
Simmons & Simmons Spring Insight Scheme Two days in London. Apply from 15 January 2020.
Simmons & Simmons Summer (London and Bristol) Apply from 15 October 2019. Please note we recruit on a rolling basis. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP Spring: 12 January 2020 Spring 2020
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP Summer 12 January 2020 Summer 2020
Slaughter and May Vacation schemes We offer open days, workshops and work experience schemes to enable you to gain an insight into life as a commercial lawyer. Full details of these opportunities can be found on our website. 
Squire Patton Boggs Winter 1 November 2019 9-13 December 2019
Squire Patton Boggs Summer 10 January 2020 London & Manchester 22 June-3 July 2020, Birmingham & Leeds 29 June-10 July 2020
Stephens Scown LLP Vacation schemes Work experience scheme available over the summer and early autumn, applicants should apply during January-March of the year they wish to participate via our website.
Stephenson Harwood Winter 11 November 2019 9-13 December 2019
Stephenson Harwood Spring 31 January 2020 30 March – 9 April 2020
Stephenson Harwood Summer 15 – 26 June 2020, 29 June – 10 July 2020, 13 – 24 July 2020 31 January 2020
Taylor Vinters Summer June/July 2020
Taylor Wessing LLP Summer 13 January 2020 June and July 2020 (up to 35 places)
Taylor Wessing LLP First year open day 31 December 2019 March 2020
Thrings LLP Spring 31 January 2020
Thrings LLP Summer 30 April 2020
TLT LLP Spring 10 January 2020 One week in Bristol, one week in Manchester
TLT LLP Summer 10 January 2020 Two weeks in Bristol, one week in London, one week in Manchester
Travers Smith LLP Winter 2019 Rolling application from 1 October 2019.
Travers Smith LLP Summer 2020 17 January 2020
Vinson & Elkins LLP Summer 31 January 2020 June to August summer vacation placement
Ward Hadaway Summer 28 February 2020 May / June / July
Watson Farley & Williams Spring 13 January 2020 23 March-3 April 2020
Watson Farley & Williams Summer 13 January 2020 8-19 June 2020 and 6-17 July 2020
Wedlake Bell LLP Summer 31 January 2020 First three weeks of July 2020 (application process opens 1 November 2019)
White & Case LLP Winter 6 November 2019 9-20 December 2019
White & Case LLP Spring 15 January 2020 23 March – 3 April 2020
White & Case LLP Summer 15-26 June 2020 15 January 2020
White & Case LLP First year 2-day insight scheme 6-7 and 13-14 May 2020 31 March 2020
Wilsons Solicitors LLP Summer 30 March 2020 One week in June
Womble Bond Dickinson Summer 28 February 2020 June and July 2020. Apply online at www.womblebonddickinson.com