Vacation Scheme

Our Summer Vacation Scheme is a great way to get an insight into life as a trainee at Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP. The 2021 scheme will take place for two weeks in June/July 2021 (COVID regulations permitting).

What will I be doing on the Vacation Scheme?
The scheme will see each student experience a minimum of two different practice groups across the two weeks. Each student will sit in at least one of our core practices (Civil Litigation, Media, Corporate, Commercial & Finance) and personal preferences will be catered to where possible.  Please note that placements with the Death Penalty Project are not part of the Vacation Scheme.

Am I eligible?
You are eligible to apply for the Vacation Scheme if you are a graduate, penultimate or final year student studying law or any other degree. Unfortunately we do not offer any other work experience placements at this time.

How do I apply?
The application process for the Vacation Scheme consists of an application form followed by a first and second round of interviews. Applications should be made using the application form which can be found here. This application form should then be emailed to
Please note we do not accept CVs, covering letters or applications sent by post. Only information on the application form will be considered. If you are currently studying or working abroad we may be able to offer you a video or telephone interview if successful at the application stage.

Does the Vacation Scheme form part of the Training Contract application process?
Whilst there is considerable overlap between the Vacation Scheme and Training Contract applications, the Vacation Scheme does not itself form part of the Training Contract application process.

What skills and attributes do I need to have?
We value diversity and we consider each application on its own merits. There are some attributes and achievements we do consider necessary. We therefore look for candidates that have a positive attitude, strong communication skills, problem solving ability and commercial insight, energy and ambition, business awareness and an interest in the firm. We would also expect to see a record of strong academic performance.

Will I be paid?
We do not pay our Vacation Scheme students but we do cover reasonable expenses for travel (within the UK) to London at the start of the scheme and from London at the end of the scheme. Daily travel will also be covered within Zones 1-9. Should you require any financial assistance to enable you to undertake the scheme please feel free to contact the Vacation Scheme Team. Any requests will be treated confidentially.

When will I hear if I have been successful?
Applications open on 1 December and close on 15 March each year. We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the 15 March deadline has passed. Interviews are usually held in May. We will notify all candidates of the outcome of their application.

What if I have a disability?
If you have a disability and require adjustments or support throughout the recruitment process please contact us so that we can arrange any support required.

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