London: Vacation Schemes

We offer 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. Our objective throughout is to involve participants directly in client work. In addition to providing 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 and training contracts each year. To succeed, candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability. We normally expect candidates to be on course to attain a high 2.1 degree or better from a leading university and to have achieved at least AAB at A-Level or the equivalent. 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 made by 15 November 2013. Successful candidates will be invited to interview.

Applications for spring and summer vacation placements should be made by 28 January 2014. Successful candidates will be invited to join an open day programme held in January or February 2014.

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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