The purpose of the scheme is:
- to enable successful candidates to experience the working environment of a successful regional commercial practice; and
- to enable us to assess your potential as a future trainee, as we use the vacation placement scheme to recruit many of our future trainees.
If your application is successful, you will spend one week at your chosen office. During this time you will spend time in each of the main disciplines practised in that office, including company/commercial, employment, litigation and commercial property. You will work closely with our current trainees and qualified solicitors and experience the opportunities which are open to our trainees including (where possible) attendance at client meetings, hearings, and seminars.
It is your opportunity both to get to know us better and to show us your potential as a future trainee of the firm; many of our current and past trainees undertook a placement with us before joining the firm.
As with all firms, places on our work experience scheme are limited in number. We therefore ask that all candidates complete our online application form . Please note that the application process for 2015 will be open from mid-September 2014.
Candidates should have good A-level grades and have graduated (or be predicted to graduate) with a 2:1 degree or better. Whilst we have no preference between law and non-law students, in line with training contract applications, non-law candidates will typically have completed their first degree before undertaking a vacation placement and law candidates will have completed their second year of study. All candidates for the vacation placement scheme should be committed to pursuing a career as a lawyer in a successful commercial law firm and ideally a future career with Howes Percival.