What is the vacation scheme?

A vacation scheme is a great way for you to experience life at Burges Salmon and see whether it could be right for you. It's also an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you and help shape your career.

During your two-week vacation scheme, you’ll gain a real insight into our award-winning law firm as you:

  • work in two departments of your choice
  • get involved in ‘real’ work
  • have the chance to go to client meetings and visit court
  • attend skills sessions run by trainees and solicitors
  • get to know colleagues up and down the firm through social and sports events.

Every year we run a winter vacation scheme (one week), a spring vacation scheme (two weeks) and two summer vacation schemes (two weeks each), which are open to anyone who is eligible to apply for a training contract – regardless of your degree discipline or the length of time since you graduated.

We recruit between 60-70% of our trainees from the vacation scheme. You’ll be offered a training contract interview at the end of your scheme and if we decide that we’re right for each other, you'll be offered a training contract.

Subject to any changes in government guidelines, our Winter 2021 and Spring/Summer 2022 vacation schemes will take place in our Bristol office.  For more information, click 'Apply now'.

 

Vacation scheme application timeline

  • Applications open 4 October 2021
    Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes and 2024 training contract.
  • Winter vacation scheme deadline 28 October 2021
    Applications close for the winter vacation scheme. Assessment centres will take place on 9 & 11 November 2021.
  • Winter vacation scheme 6 - 10 December 2021
    One week winter vacation scheme begins. Training contract interviews will be arranged at the end of the scheme and will take place in January.
  • Spring/summer vacation scheme deadline 10 January 2022
    Applications close for the spring and summer vacation schemes. Assessment centres will take place on the 14, 16, 17, 21 & 22 February 2022.
  • Spring vacation scheme 11-12 April 2022
    Two week spring vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the spring vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme #1: 6 - 17 June 2022
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme #2: 20 June - 1 July 2022
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • 23 June 2022
    Training contract application deadline (subject to change)

Training contract

Our six seat training contract will provide you with the best start to your legal career.
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