Vacation Scheme

Overview

The firm has a long standing tradition of selecting trainee solicitors from the outstanding participants of its Vacation Scheme program. Therefore, as an intern, you will be working as an integral part of the team and be exposed to live legal matters that will allow you to hone and demonstrate your abilities in a wide range of legal issues.

You will work day-to-day alongside senior colleagues, who will supervise and guide you while you gain real insight into the culture, focus and operation of the firm. On top of the technical abilities you demonstrate while handling complex matters assigned to you, the firm will also assess whether you would fit with our culture and how you would contribute in our decision making process of offering a training contract.

Q&A

Am I eligible to apply for the vacation scheme?

Our vacation scheme is open to law students in their penultimate or final year of studies in their Bachelor of Law (LLB), or in their Juris Doctor (JD) programs.

When will applications be open and when will applications be reviewed?

As there are a total of 8 cohorts (6 during summer and 2 during winter) throughout the year, you can only apply for a specific scheme during designated periods. Please refer to our vacation scheme recruitment page for further details. Applications are reviewed within two weeks after the closing dates and invitations to interviews will be extended accordingly.

What are the next steps after submitting the application? When will I know if I have secured a place in the vacation scheme?

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a one-on-one interview during which they would be asked to share their experiences, capabilities and interests while also learning about the firm. Successful candidates will be asked to attend a second interview during which they would be assessed for their technical skills by working through a mix of situational and behavioural questions as well as case studies. The firm aims to make offers within three weeks of the second interview.

What else should I enclose to accompany my application for submission?

On top of completing all sections of the online application form, which includes a short essay prompt, please attach your curriculum vitae, relevant academic transcript(s) and a cover letter.

How long is each vacation scheme and when do they take place?

All vacation schemes last two weeks. Please refer to our vacation scheme recruitment page for further details of the dates of each cohort.

Who are we looking for in a vacation scheme candidate?

We continuously look for talented, ambitious and creative people. We value intelligence, integrity, ambition and commitment - a commitment not only to excellence in service to clients but also a commitment to a long-term career with us.

If you are interested to see the profile of some of our people, please click here.

What practice areas will I be assigned during the vacation scheme? What will I be expecting on a day-to-day basis?

Vacation Scheme students will be exposed to a full spectrum of live legal matters that will allow you to hone and demonstrate your abilities in a wide range of legal issues. You will work closely alongside senior colleagues on real cases and active client files under direct supervision and guidance.

Will I be offered a training contract? Is it necessary for me to submit a separate application?

Those who demonstrate outstanding calibre and potential during the vacation scheme will be invited to stay on for a training contract upon completion of their PCLL. It is not necessary to submit a separate application to be considered for a training contract.

However, while we prefer to select our trainee solicitors through our vacation scheme program, we do accept direct training contract applications from students who are unable to take part in a vacation scheme.

Please refer to our trainee solicitors recruitment page for further information.

What is the firm’s yearly intake for vacation schemes? How many training contracts does the firm offer per year?

Our firm usually takes on 12 vacation scheme recruits during the summer and 4 during winter. One to two training contracts are offered each year.

How to Apply

We host Vacation Schemes both in the summer and winter.

Stage 1: Online application for our Vacation Scheme

At this stage, we simply want to know about more about you. You will be asked to provide details about (i) your education, (ii) your qualifications, and (iii) any relevant work experience that you may have.

Stage 2: First Interview

During the first interview, we aim to get to know each other. We may ask about your skills, capabilities and experience as well as your interests and personal history. The process is more informal. We use this opportunity to learn more about you and to present our firm to you.

Stage 3: Second Interview

We invite a select group of candidates from the first interview to attend a second interview. This process is more formal. We assess your skills and capabilities using a mix of technical, situational and behavioural questions.

Stage 4: Hiring Decision

We aim to make Vacation Scheme offers within three weeks of the second interview.

Stage 5: Vacation Scheme

Vacation Schemes typically last 2 weeks. During this time, you will have the opportunity to take on real responsibility on active client files under direct supervision and guidance. We use the Vacation Schemes as a critical means to assess whether we believe you would fit the firm in terms of culture, technical ability, ability to communicate, attention to detail and work ethic. We offer training contracts to a select group of interns.

Application Closing Dates:

Summer 2020 Vacation Scheme:

Applications open: November 1, 2019

Applications close: January 31, 2020

Scheme 1: June 1, 2020 - June 12, 2020

Scheme 2: June 15, 2020 - June 26, 2020

Scheme 3: June 29, 2020 - July 10, 2020

Scheme 4: July 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020

Scheme 5: July 27, 2020 - August 7, 2020

Scheme 6: August 10, 2020 - August 21, 2020

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