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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.

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.

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Vacation scheme application timeline

  • Applications open
    01 October 2018
    Applications open for winter, spring and summer vacation schemes and 2021 training contract.
  • Winter vacation scheme deadline
    02 November 2018
    Applications close for the winter vacation scheme. Assessment centres will take place throughout November.
  • Winter vacation scheme
    10 December 2018
    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
    11 January 2019
    Applications close for the spring and summer vacation schemes. Assessment centres will take place throughout February.
  • Spring vacation scheme
    01 April 2019
    Two week spring vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the spring vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 1
    10 June 2019
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Summer vacation scheme 2
    24 June 2019
    Two week summer vacation scheme begins. Candidates who complete the summer vacation scheme will be offered a training contract interview.
  • Training contract application deadline (subject to change)
    31 July 2019
    Training contract applications close. We review applications on a rolling basis and may decide to close earlier if we have received a high number of applications. We advise you to apply early to avoid missing the deadline.

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What others say...

Everyone is approachable and friendly. Plus everyone gets to work together under the one roof.
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