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Join our Summer Vacation Scheme

It’s never too early to start building your future in law. Join us on the Herbert Smith Freehills summer vacation scheme and start today.

Location: London

Jess Rosethorn - A day in the life

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What you will be doing

Our vacation schemes immerse you in our work, networks and the international world of law. Key features:

• You’ll sit with a partner or a senior associate, delivering real work for key clients.

• You’ll attend workshops and presentations covering all of our practice areas. You’ll also spend time working on a pro bono research project.

• We’ll give you the chance to apply to spend time in our network of international offices in addition to the London vacation scheme. This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand our truly global network.

• You’ll be invited to various networking events with partners, associates and trainees.

Key dates

• Scheme runs: 15 June – 3 July 2020 and 6 July – 24 July 2020.

• Apply between: 16 September 2019 – 18 December 2019.

• Assessment centres: January – March 2019 (open to penultimate-year students, finalists and graduates).

We only recruit our future trainees from our vacation schemes and all candidates will have the opportunity at the end of their vacation scheme to interview for a training contract. These schemes have been specifically designed to build and test the unique combination of skills and potential required to succeed at Herbert Smith Freehills. It’s really important to us that you have the combination of skills and potential that we’re looking for: it will enable you to become a better lawyer, build stronger connections with our team and hit the ground running when you start your career here.

It’s a two-way process. The scheme gives you the chance to get to know us and see what life for you would be like at Herbert Smith Freehills before you make a decision about your career.

For those who are unable to attend a vacation scheme, please get in touch with Anna O'Dwyer at anna.odwyer@hsf.com to discuss your individual circumstances, which we will consider on a case-by-case basis.

What we look for

Personal leadership

Demonstrate an interest in client relationships and how you would go about building on these. You should also be able to demonstrate good active listening skills and persuasive skills to gain support for ideas.

Technical capability

As well as considered reasoning and a desire to learn, using initiative is a key skill for a trainee. Think about how you would seek out new opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role.

Intellectual capability

Academic excellence should be demonstrated through degree classification. Whilst a minimum of a 2:1 is preferred, we take mitigating circumstances into account. There is space on the application form to include these details which are taken into consideration throughout the application process.

Contributions to the team’s success

Communication skills are critical for trainees, think about examples where you have been able to bring about positive outcomes by communicating and collaborating with colleagues.

Working styles

Students can demonstrate this competency by giving examples of organisational skills and showing that they are able to cope well under pressure.

Motivation for a career in law at the firm

Think about why you have chosen to pursue a career in commercial law, and why Herbert Smith Freehills in particular.

Company benefits: • Salary: £400 per week • Guaranteed interview for a training contract upon completion of the scheme

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Herbert Smith Freehills

We’re a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors.

Herbert Smith Freehills – The future of law is here.

With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, we’re the firm where you can build your future in law. 

By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we can offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a law firm ready to lead the future. Our progressive approach allows us to continually break new ground; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. You’ll add your insight and expertise from day one.

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top-quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as various commercial organisations. We operate at the forefront of many exciting sectors and no other firm has more Chambers rankings.

Our dispute resolution practice is widely recognised as number one globally and this includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit. We can therefore offer a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative career to the Bar. We also specialise in finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a truly global law firm, we do this by attracting the brightest minds across the world to collaborate on work which has an international impact. 

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we recognise and appreciate all the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture of inclusion that fosters these differences is fundamental to our business and the diverse clients and communities we work with. Embracing a diversity of backgrounds and views means we attract and retain the best talent and continue to do the pioneering work that offers our clients the most considered and effective advice.

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