Our vacation schemes sit you with a partner or associate, as you take on real work for real clients. Alongside workshops and presentations, you’ll explore our practice areas, and join a team on a pro bono project. You’ll also network with other vacation scheme students, partners, associates and trainees. At the end of your scheme, you’re guaranteed an interview for a training contract.

Important information

We only recruit trainees from our vacation schemes. This is because a vacation scheme enables you to build stronger connections with our team and hit the ground running when you start your career.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate or in your penultimate or final year at university. You’ll also need to be able to work for a minimum of 35 hours per week.

We value inclusivity, equality and fairness, which we embed throughout our assessment process. If you have any disability-related queries or would like to have a conversation with our experienced team regarding adjustments, please contact Anna O'Dwyer at [email protected]. To find out about the support we provide to disabled students during the application and recruitment process, and within the workplace, please view our profile on MyPlus Students’ Club.

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For those who are unable to attend a vacation scheme, please get in touch with Anna O'Dwyer at [email protected] to discuss your individual circumstances, which we will consider on a case-by-case basis.

 

Key dates

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Winter (finalists and graduates): 16 September-14 October 2019

Spring and summer (penultimate year students, finalists and graduates): 16 September 2019-18 December 2019

SCHEME DATES

Winter: 2-13 December 2019

Spring: 14-24 April 2020

Summer: 15 June-3 July 2020 and 6-24 July 2020

Benefits

£400 per week salary

£400 per week salary

Advice on accommodation

We're able to provide you with advice on where to stay during your vacation scheme.

Eligible to apply for our international vacation scheme

We offer all vacation scheme students an opportunity to apply for an international vacation scheme in the following offices: Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

Trainee buddy

You'll have two trainee buddies, one from each of the two practice groups you sit in. They are on hand to support you during the scheme.

A guaranteed training contract interview

At the end of the vacation scheme, you are guaranteed an interview for a training contract.

International vacation scheme

We offer a global work experience programme. If you secure a place on one of our London vacation schemes, you can apply to undertake a placement in one of our international offices, spending one or two weeks in Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore or Tokyo.

Benefits

£400 per week salary

£400 per week salary

All flight costs, accommodation and visa expenses included

All flight costs, accommodation, visa and living expenses included

Meet the local teams

Meet the local teams and gain an insight into the work of an international office.

India internship

We offer high-performing law students who are studying at any university in India the opportunity to work in our London office for three weeks between June and July each year.

If your application is successful, you will join our London summer vacation scheme programme, sitting in two different departments of your choice during the three-week period.

During the internship, you will share a room with a Partner or Associate and be given real work for real clients. In addition, you will be involved in workshops and presentations that provide an insight into the breadth of our practice areas.

We will also arrange formal and informal social events at which you can meet other students, as well as partners, associates and trainees. You will also be able to meet other Indian graduates who have joined the firm through our India Internship programme.

At the end of the internship, you will be eligible for a training contract interview and you should have a good idea about whether a career in law at Herbert Smith Freehills is right for you.

 

Key dates

APPLICATIONS OPEN

1-30 June 2020

SCHEME DATES

June and July 2021 (dates tbc)

Benefits

All flight costs, accommodation and visa included

All flight costs, accommodation and visa included

£400 per week salary

£400 per week salary

Trainee buddy who has joined the firm through the India Internship

You'll be paired with a trainee at the firm who has also taken part in the India Internship.

A guaranteed training contract interview

At the end of the vacation scheme, you are guaranteed an interview for a training contract.

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