Vacation scheme deadlines

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Deadlines for vac schemes in 2021

NB: some firms are planning to postpone their vac schemes following the coronavirus outbreak. Please verify on the firms' websites before applying. 

Many firms will have multiple deadlines, running schemes at different times of year: you shouldn't gain an advantage from doing any one particular scheme with a single firm, but some may have different characteristics to others. Some firms look at applications on a rolling basis, so you should apply as soon as possible after applications open – firms which take this approach include AshurstJones DayMishcon de ReyaPenningtons Manches and Simmons & Simmons.

While we endeavour to keep our information as up to date as possible, deadlines do occasionally change at the last minute, so please check firms' websites to be absolutely certain of deadline dates.

Some (smaller and mid-size) firms don't have a formal vac scheme, but do offer informal work experience (often to both university students and sixth-formers). The application process for this kind of work experience is usually informal and happens on a rolling basis. Information can usually be found on a firm's website, but if you can't find out if a firm offers work experience it's worth phoning or emailing them. Firms which adopt this approach include Hodge Jones & AllenLeigh Day and Kingsley Napley.

 

 

October 2021

 

1

  Herbert Smith Freehills

10

  Travers Smith

14

  Linklaters

15

  Slaughter & May 

28

  Burges Salmon

29

  Sidley Austin

 

 

November 2021

 

1

  Simmons & Simmons



December 2021

1

  Baker McKenzie

3

  Herbert Smith Freehills
  Pinsent Masons

10

  Linklaters
  Reed Smith
  Slaughter and May

19

  Simmons & Simmons

22

  Mishcon de Reya

24

  CMS

31

  Hogan Lovells
  DLA Piper


January 2022

2

  Clyde & Co 
  Irwin Mitchell
  Eversheds Sutherland
  Latham & Watkins

3

  Debevoise & Plimpton
  Dentons
  Macfarlanes
  Morrison & Foerster (UK)

4

  Taylor Wessing
  Watson Farley & Williams
 
 Mills & Reeve

6

  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

7

  Squire Patton Boggs  

8

  Jones Day
  Davis Polk & Wardwell London

9

  Akin Gump
  BLM
  RPC

10

  Burges Salmon
  TLT
  Weil, Gotshal

14

  DWF
  Sullivan & Cromwell

15

  Osborne Clarke
  White & Case

16

  Norton Rose Fulbright

17

  Travers Smith

26

  Morgan Lewis & Bockius

28

  Sidley Austin
  Trowers & Hamlins

31

  Bates Wells
  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  Charles Russell Speechlys
  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  Dechert
  Farrer & Co
  Forsters
  Hill Dickinson
  K&L Gates
  Mayer Brown
  Michelmores
  Muckle
  Penningtons Manches Cooper
  Ropes & Gray
  Stephenson Harwood
  Wilkin Chapman
  Withers


February 2022

1

  Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

18

  Russell-Cooke


March 2022

1

  Marriott Harrison

31

  B P Collins
  Howes Percival


April 2021

1

  Foot Anstey

30

  Ashfords

Find out what to expect from vac schemes in our feature: What is a vacation scheme?