VACATION SCHEMES

Our vacation schemes are the perfect opportunity for you to experience life with our firm. You’ll spend four weeks with us and, although some of your time 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

At Clyde & Co, 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. We offer training contracts in our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices.

When your vacation scheme comes to an end, if you’ve enjoyed your time with us and shown us you have real potential, we’ll interview you for a training contract which will start two years later.

Find out more about our training programmes here:


 
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WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Be immersed in our firm and the work we do from day one
  • See how our lawyers provide a complete legal service to clients in our core practice areas
  • Experience real work by observing cases, drafting responses, providing advice and preparing research
  • Attend court hearings, arbitrations, and mediations to see the different types of litigation available first-hand
  • Get involved in significant deals, meetings and negotiations
  • Attend seminars, networking events and social events with colleagues and clients
  • And you'll be rewarded too by earning £350 per week
  • See out work first-hand: Edinburgh: Casualty, Healthcare and Professional and Financial Disputes; Glasgow: Casualty and Employment

YOUR CAREER

If you’re keen to embark on a career in law, a vacation scheme with us could be the perfect stepping stone. These four weeks will give you a real insight into Clyde & Co Scotland, 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…

At the end of your vacation scheme, if you decide you want to join us, we’ll run an interview there and then. We’ll ask why you want to join us and what you think you can offer – especially given that you’d got to know us. We’ll ask for feedback from our teams too.


 

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 four weeks – and beyond. 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.


 

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 can apply to join us on a Vacation Scheme from between the 27 September 2021 and 02 January 2022. Read on for more details.

As we recruit two years in advance for our training contracts, you should start applying for a vacation scheme from the second year of a law degree or the third year of a non-law degree. This year, you can apply to join us on a Vacation Scheme from between 27 September 2021 and 02 January 2022. You’ll need to apply online and we’ll ask you the usual questions about your skills and experiences. You don’t need to have any legal experience to join us on this scheme – what matters most to us is that you’re commercially minded and committed to embarking on a career in law.

The people who impress us the most will be invited to one of our assessment centres. Find out more about our assessment centres and application process here

We screen all applications on a rolling basis and interviews will be held in early February. If your application is successful, you will be invited into our Edinburgh office for interview.

The vacation scheme interview usually consists of a brief presentation followed by an interview with a Human Resources team member and a Partner.

Applications for vacation schemes close on a date to be confirmed.

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.

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

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Commercial Awareness

As we recruit two years in advance for our training contracts, you should start applying for a vacation scheme from the second year of a law degree or the third year of a non-law degree. This year, you can apply to join us on a Vacation Scheme from between 27 September 2021 and 02 January 2022. You’ll need to apply online and we’ll ask you the usual questions about your skills and experiences. You don’t need to have any legal experience to join us on this scheme – what matters most to us is that you’re commercially minded and committed to embarking on a career in law.

The people who impress us the most will be invited to one of our assessment centres. Find out more about our assessment centres and application process here

We screen all applications on a rolling basis and interviews will be held in early February. If your application is successful, you will be invited into our Edinburgh office for interview.

The vacation scheme interview usually consists of a brief presentation followed by an interview with a Human Resources team member and a Partner.

Applications for vacation schemes close on a date to be confirmed.

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.

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, dinners, 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.

WHEN DO THEY RUN?

06 June - 01 July 2022

04 July - 29 July 2022

01 August - 26 August 2022

FAQS

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 will vary from location to location, but they will be litigation focused. Some examples are Edinburgh: Casualty, Healthcare and Professional and Financial Disputes; Glasgow: Casualty and Employment; Aberdeen: Glasgow: Casualty

You’ll need to apply online – the sooner you apply the better as we only have a number of spaces and we recruit all of our trainees from this programme. For more information on how to apply, take a look at our hints & tips page.

Apply today

If you think your future could lie with us, then this is where you can the ball rolling.