VACATION SCHEMES

Our vacation schemes are the perfect opportunity for you to experience life with our firm. Some of your time on the scheme will be about you getting to know what we do and who we work with, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know our trainees, associates and partners too.

GET A TRAINING CONTRACT

We recruit our trainees exclusively via our vacation schemes. As we recruit two years in advance for our training contracts, you should start applying for a vacation scheme in the second year of a law degree or the third year of a non-law degree. This year, we are offering training contracts in London, with an option to complete a seat in our Guildford office as part of the London training contract.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Be immersed in our firm and the work we do from day one
  • Experience real work by observing cases, drafting responses, providing advice and preparing research
  • Get involved in significant deals, meetings and negotiations
  • Your contribution will be rewarded too – London: £400 per week
  • See how our lawyers provide a complete legal service to clients in our core practice areas
  • Attend court hearings, arbitrations and mediations to see the different types of litigation available first-hand
  • Attend seminars, networking events and social events with colleagues and clients

Vacation Schemes

Learn about the experience and advantages of the Vacation Schemes at Clyde & Co from Tony Upton - and hear how he got the most from his time on the scheme.

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YOUR CAREER

If you’re keen to embark on a career in law, a vacation scheme with us could be the perfect stepping stone. Our schemes will give you a real insight into our firm, the opportunity to learn about how the law is applied in our core industry sectors and we’ll always aim to enable you to be placed in the department of your choice.

That’s not all…

The vacation scheme is your opportunity to get to know us, and our opportunity to get to know you. Across the scheme you'll complete a number of assessments, including an interview. We'll use these, together with feedback from your supervisor and team, to decide whether to offer you a training contract.

HOW WE SUPPORT YOU

Throughout your time with us, you can expect unrivalled training and support. You’ll have a dedicated buddy on hand to help you over the two weeks – and beyond if you accept a training contract with us. You’ll also receive guidance from a senior fee earner along with coaching and support from our early careers team – especially when it comes to your training contract interviews.


 

Our Vacation Schemes

We offer three vacation schemes throughout the year;
Winter Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 27 September 2021
Applications close: 01 November 2021

Assessment dates:

15 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

Scheme dates

06 December 2021 - 10 December 2021

This scheme is open to those in final year of undergraduate study, and graduates.

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Spring Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 27 September 2021
Applications close: 02 January 2022

Assessment dates:

01 January 2022- 11 February 2022

Scheme dates

04 April 2022 - 14 April 2022

This scheme is open to those in penultimate year of undergraduate study onwards.

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Summer Vacation Scheme

Applications open: 27 September 2021
Applications close: 02 January 2022

Assessment dates:

01 January 2022- 11 February 2022

Scheme dates

06 June 2022 - 17 June 2022

This scheme is open to those in penultimate year of undergraduate study onwards.

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How to Apply

You’ll need to apply online – the sooner you apply the better as we only have a limited number of spaces and we recruit all of our trainees from this programme.

You’ll need to apply online from 27 September 2021 for your chosen scheme. We’ll ask you to fill in your personal details, tell us about any previous work experience, and you will then need to complete a short video assessment to answer a number of questions about why you’d like to join our firm, and this programme in particular. We’ll also want to know about your commercial awareness.

Do well, and you’ll be invited along to a virtual assessment centre. You’ll have a 60 minute interview, undertake a group exercise and meet our trainees– the perfect opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about our firm.

You’ll find out the outcome of your application within four weeks of the application deadline closing.

If you attend an assessment centre and are successful, we’ll let you know within two weeks if not sooner. From there, our early careers team will be in touch to help you prepare for the scheme.

The scheme itself will see you undertaking a number of exercises and meeting people from across the firm. You’ll also have the opportunity to be interviewed for a training contract.

If you have already completed the GDL/LPC, please talk to us about this and we can discuss potential earlier start dates.

Your assessments will consist of a variety of different exercises to assess your performance in a range of situations which may include a group scenario, written exercise and interview. The exercises are timed, which means you are being assessed in your capacity to work under pressure, work in a team, manage your time, and think on your feet and use your analytical skills under pressure. Be prepared to talk about your application. If you've talked about an area of law you're interested on, be prepared to engage on this topic and make sure you've really research the firm and the work we do.

No preparation is needed in advance, but we will be looking to assess the following across the exercises:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Commercial Awareness

You’ll need to apply online from 27 September 2021 for your chosen scheme. We’ll ask you to fill in your personal details, tell us about any previous work experience, and you will then need to complete a short video assessment to answer a number of questions about why you’d like to join our firm, and this programme in particular. We’ll also want to know about your commercial awareness.

Do well, and you’ll be invited along to a virtual assessment centre. You’ll have a 60 minute interview, undertake a group exercise and meet our trainees– the perfect opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about our firm.

You’ll find out the outcome of your application within four weeks of the application deadline closing.

If you attend an assessment centre and are successful, we’ll let you know within two weeks if not sooner. From there, our early careers team will be in touch to help you prepare for the scheme.

The scheme itself will see you undertaking a number of exercises and meeting people from across the firm. You’ll also have the opportunity to be interviewed for a training contract.

If you have already completed the GDL/LPC, please talk to us about this and we can discuss potential earlier start dates.

Your assessments will consist of a variety of different exercises to assess your performance in a range of situations which may include a group scenario, written exercise and interview. The exercises are timed, which means you are being assessed in your capacity to work under pressure, work in a team, manage your time, and think on your feet and use your analytical skills under pressure. Be prepared to talk about your application. If you've talked about an area of law you're interested on, be prepared to engage on this topic and make sure you've really research the firm and the work we do.

No preparation is needed in advance, but we will be looking to assess the following across the exercises:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Commercial Awareness

BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

Spend time researching the firm, but you can only learn so much from websites. Attend law fairs, insight days and other in-house events to get a real feel and culture for the firms you’re applying to.

Ahead of law fairs and events, make sure you prepare some intelligent questions to ask. We take note of individuals who have impressed with good questions.

Take the time to read through the application form, establish what each question is asking and plan your responses accordingly. This is an excellent opportunity to draw upon your previous experience and show us your personality.

Tailor your application form and be specific. If you can replace Clyde & Co with another firm’s name and the answer still applies, this isn’t specific enough.

Video interview Hints & Tips

Review your application and do some fresh research. Find out about any recent deals that we’ve been involved in and why you find this interesting. Be prepared to talk about your motivations for joining us and why you’re keen to embark on a career in an international law firm.

Find a quite space with a neutral background to avoid any disruptions during your interview. Test the camera and mic on your device and check your internet connection prior to your interview to mitigate any technical issues that may occur. If you find yourself having technical issues, please contact the Early Careers Team for support as soon as possible – graduaterecruitment@clydeco.com 

Simply reciting information from our website or giving generic answers won’t show us why you want to join our firm over any others. Our interviewers want to get to know the real you, so be confident in yourself and let your personality shine through on the day.

During an interview, you might be asked to express an opinion and have that opinion challenged. Acknowledge both sides of the coin, but if you have a strong view on the subject, stick to it – as long as you can justify it.

Remember to use different examples in your answers – these can be from your work experience, extra circular activities or university. If you’ve had relevant non-law experience or undertaken any volunteering work, talk about this too – they all hold transferable skills.

Demonstrate an understanding of how a law firm works, thinking about what clients want from a law firm, the pressure firms and clients are under, and how a firm can help alleviate some of those pressures and achieve a client’s goals. Interviewers will know that you are unprepared if you’re unable to speak about key stories or cases that the firm’s been involved in.

Most importantly, interviewers want you to succeed so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Relax and try to get a good night's sleep the day before your interview.

EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES

 

CAMPUS AMBASSADORS
INSIGHT DAYS
Bright Futures
Training Contracts
VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME