We actively encourage all candidates who are considering applying for a trainee solicitor position with the firm to undertake a vacation placement with us, as almost all our trainee solicitors have done.
Our London office offers 35 vacation places each year (five in winter, ten in spring and ten in each of two summer schemes) and pay £500 per week. The vacation schemes aim to provide potential training contract applicants with a practical insight into life as a Cleary lawyer and our objective throughout is to involve participants directly in client work. In addition to this hands-on experience, the scheme incorporates a series of practice overview sessions designed to ensure exposure to the full range of work that we undertake in London. There are also a number of organised social events so that participants can get to know the current partners, associates and trainees of the firm outside the office. Qualification Requirements
We receive a very high number of applications for vacation scheme placements each year. To succeed, candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability. We normally expect candidates who demonstrate the ability to attain a high 2.1 degree or better from a leading university and who have achieved at least AAB at A-Level or the equivalent. We look beyond pure exam results to consider other relevant factors. Alongside academic ability, we value evidence of extra-curricular achievement. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset, but are not essential.
When to Apply
Applications for winter vacation placements should be received by November 15, 2012. The deadline for spring and summer vacation scheme applications is January 28, 2013.
How to Apply
All candidates should submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae via the firm’s website
, including a breakdown by subject of all A-Level (or equivalent) results and degree results where known.
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