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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 up to 10 places on our vacation scheme, which takes place from 5 - 16 July 2021 (2 weeks). You will be given the opportunity to undertake real work as well as learn more about the legal departments and the firm through interaction with our partners, lawyers and trainees. Placements will be across all of our 5 offices.

I have really enjoyed my experience on Browne Jacobson’s vacation scheme thus far. The work has been challenging and fulfilling, there has been a great support network around me and there has been a great balance between working and relaxing with colleagues. I whole-heartedly recommend any interested candidate to apply!

Carlos Sharrock, summer vacation scheme candidate 2019

Frequently asked questions

In 2015 the firm launched its summer vacation scheme which replaced the annual open day. It provides an opportunity for prospective trainees to spend time with the business.

The summer vacation scheme is open to external candidates only. Individuals already working at the firm will be able to apply for a training contract, please refer to the firm’s intranet for further details.

The vacation scheme provides candidates with the opportunity to undertake real work and learn more about our legal departments through interaction with partners, lawyers, trainees and our support teams. During the scheme, candidates will have their performance assessed for a training contract.

Our summer vacation scheme is open to those able to start a training contract in 2023.

Throughout the selection and assessment process, we will be looking for a range of attributes which typically include:

  • commitment, ambition and enthusiasm for law - we want to know that you are serious about your career in law
  • practical approach - our clients want a common sense and commercial approach when solving their legal and business problems
  • commercial awareness - are you aware of what is happening in the business world?
  • willingness to accept responsibility – as a trainee, you’ll be managing your own time and handling your own cases so we need to know that you’re up for the job
  • teamwork - we want you to be able to use your own initiative and have the ability to work in a team
  • drive - we look for people who get things done.


As well as your application online, the application process is likely to consist of the following activities:

  • psychometric testing – this will be an online verbal and deductive reasoning assessment which evaluates an individual’s ability to deal with both statistical data and apply logic
  • telephone interview – this will be a 10 to 15 minute telephone interview
  • assessment centre – this will comprise of a range of different activities which may include a case study, group activity, written exercise and interview.


  • our summer vacation scheme will be held in late June for 2 weeks across all 5 offices.
  • you will be provided with financial assistance (£250 per week) to help with travel or accommodation costs 
  • we are looking to offer up to 10 placements
  • throughout the placement, you will be supported by a supervisor; you will also have plenty of opportunity to talk to our current trainees and partners
  • your performance over the fortnight will be reviewed with you and feedback given.

The placement will provide you with the following:

  • enable you to spend time in a legal team working with both trainees and lawyers on a range of tasks
  • understand how a law firm is structured and operates on a daily basis
  • learn more about the sectors in which Browne Jacobson operates
  • further develop your skills to include problem solving, legal knowledge and commercial awareness
  • receive feedback on your performance and consideration for a training contract.

All applications for the summer vacation scheme will also be considered for a training contract.

If you want to apply for a summer vacation scheme you will need to complete an online application by 15 March. Assessment centres usually take place in late April/May.