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Summer vacation scheme

If you're looking to get a head start on your legal career, our summer vacation scheme gives you the opportunity to experience life and work at Browne Jacobson. 

We offer around 10 places on our summer vacation scheme across all of our offices, taking place in the last two weeks of June. You’ll be given the opportunity to undertake real work as well as learning more about the legal departments and the firm with our people. Throughout the scheme, you’ll be assessed for a place on our Trainee Solicitor Pathway (previously called a training contract). 

Your placement will be in one of our legal teams where you’ll work on a range of tasks. Throughout your time with us, you’ll be supported by a supervisor, and you’ll get constructive feedback on what you’re doing well and how you could be even better. As well as spending time with a legal team, the two weeks will also include: 

  • training and development activities and a project to help you build/develop your skills 
  • opportunities to speak to our trainee solicitors, managing partner, lawyers and business colleagues 
  • talks from our departments so you can find out more about the firm, the work we do and our clients  

You’ll also be provided with financial assistance (£250 per week) to help with travel and/or accommodation costs.

Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If you still have any further questions, contact our emerging talent team - we'd love to hear from you.

Frequently asked questions

We run our two week placement in the last 2 weeks of June.

Applications for our 2024 Summer Vacation Scheme will open w/c 22 January 2024 and close on the 1st March 2024. Assessment Centres usually take place in April/May.

You need to be able to start our Trainee Solicitor Pathway in 2025, so the earliest you can apply is in the penultimate year of a law degree (or equivalent), or the final year of a non-law degree. We welcome applications from graduates and career changers.

The summer vacation scheme is open to external candidates only.

Individuals already working at the firm will be able to apply for the Trainee Solicitor Pathway, please refer to the firm’s intranet pages for further details.


All applications for the summer vacation scheme will also be considered for the Trainee Solicitor Pathway. Our online application system will only allow you to make one application for either the Trainee Solicitor Pathway (i.e. direct route) or summer vacation scheme.

Yes. Whilst you’re with us you’re being assessed for the Trainee Solicitor Pathway, so we’d require you to attend every day. If it’s going to be hard for you to attend the full two weeks, please get in contact to discuss. 

We have a blog called 'Future Lawyer blog', written by our Future Lawyers, which gives you up to date information about the firm and what they’re up to.  

More information about our Trainee Solicitor Pathway.

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