If you want a head start in your career in commercial law, there’s no better place to start than a Linklaters Vacation Scheme. For us, this marks the start of your professional development with the firm, while providing a genuine insight into the Linklaters Training Contract.
Our four-week Summer Vacation Schemes are designed for penultimate-year students studying Law and non-law subjects at UK and Irish universities. Our two-week Winter and Spring Vacation Schemes are open to final-year students and graduates (Law and non-law subjects). We pay our vacation scheme students £400 per week during the schemes. We have worked hard to design a vacation scheme that successfully combines real-life experience in our practice areas with workshops and seminars dedicated to your professional development. The selection process is tough, but that is because our vacation schemes form part of your professional learning curve and we want as many people as possible from the scheme to be successful in their Training Contract applications to the firm.
You will work alongside experienced lawyers, doing the same kinds of activities as our trainees. In addition, there is a range of professional development sessions, designed to give you a broader understanding of our global business strategy and areas of practice, as well as the opportunity to develop your skills in areas such as negotiation and pitching to a client.
Throughout your time with us, you will have access to experienced lawyers and trainees who will be available to support you, answer your questions and offer constructive advice and feedback. In each department you experience, you will have a trainee ‘buddy’, who is on hand to integrate you into the team and discuss any questions you might have, as well as an associate ‘principal’. This is designed to mirror the sort of support you can look forward to if you join us as a trainee.
There will also be the opportunity to get to know the firm, our people and other vacation scheme students in more informal settings through a range of social events, which are often a highlight! After attending the vacation scheme, you will automatically be offered the opportunity to interview for a Training Contract. The process for this is a final interview with a partner.