Vacation scheme

The vacation scheme is for those in at least their penultimate year of university. Over two weeks you experience life as a trainee solicitor at Macfarlanes, working in two areas of the firm alongside partners, associates and trainees.

You get hands-on experience enabling you to develop a real understanding of the firm’s culture and our work. You may draft a letter to a client, then work through it with an associate or trainee. You may research a pressing issue on a live piece of work. Or, you may sit in on a client meeting. In between, you carry out a mock transaction that runs throughout the two weeks.

Applications for the vacation schemes have now closed.

Scheme dates

  • Spring vacation scheme: Monday 4 April to Thursday 14 April 2022
  • Summer vacation scheme one: Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July 2022
  • Summer vacation scheme two: Monday 11 July to Friday 22 July 2022 

Away from the work, the scheme has a strong social component. This includes socials with trainees or lunch with partners and other associates, as well as lots of conversations with people who work in various parts of the firm.

During your two weeks at the firm, you take part in:

  • a mock transaction negotiation with your fellow vacation scheme participants;
  • introductory sessions to a variety of our practice areas;
  • sessions exploring our business development and international strategies;
  • speed networking with our employee network groups and an introductory session with the inclusion and CSR team;
  • multiple networking opportunities with partners, associates, trainees and other representatives from across the firm;
  • a one to one meeting with a senior associate to talk about work beyond being a trainee;
  • evening social events with your fellow vacation scheme participants, trainees and the graduate recruitment team; and
  • work shadowing with a trainee in two separate practice areas.
  • In the second week you are assessed for the training programme.
Speaking one-on-one with employees from across the firm was a highlight for me. Informal coffee chats coupled with in-depth seminars offered a 360-degree view of the firm—from its innovative work to its hands-on training and open culture.
Alexandra Abelidis Future trainee solicitor who completed our vacation scheme in spring 2021