Vacation schemes

The best way to get a feel for the firm and the type of work we do is to come and work with us for two weeks on one of our vacation schemes.

We have 18 places in total and offer three dates for our two-week vacation scheme in our London office. Applications opened on November 1st 2018 for the 2019 vacation schemes and for trainees to join us in 2021.

The 2019 Vacation Scheme dates are as follows:
1 – 12 April
17-28 June
1-12 July

We are proud of our vacation scheme as it offers a real insight into what it is like to work for a City law firm and most importantly you will gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work for Withers by experiencing some of our core practice areas.

Candidates on the vacation scheme receive £350 per week and benefit from free meals and snacks in the firm’s café.

First hand accounts


Learn how former vacation scheme participants found their time here

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Vacation scheme dates


Key dates for our 2019 vacation schemes and application deadlines

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Apply for a place


Applications for our 2019 vacation schemes will open on November 1st 2018.

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Our requirements


We our proud of the successful clients we work with. We’ve worked with over 50% of the Top 50 charities in the UK, 51% of The Sunday Times rich list and the leaders of major FTSE and City of London institutions. Everything we do centres around providing great service to these people.

To join us, you’ll have a strong academic record but beyond that you will have the diversity of interests and confidence to work with our client base. We are the largest law firm in the world focused on the needs of individuals and have spent the last decade growing this international platform – the ability to work globally with all sorts of different people is vital. Languages aren’t essential but they are very useful here. In particular for our clients Russian, Italian, French, Spanish,Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese are useful.

In terms of specific requirements, we welcome applications from all degree disciplines and from applicants at all stages of their careers – in fact, previous roles help bring the maturity required to work with our clients. You’ll have, or be on track to have, a 2:1 degree or higher and a minimum of AAB at A-Level (or the equivalent if educated outside the UK). Please note that undergraduate applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of a law degree or their final year of a non-law degree.

The interview process

Interviews for the vacation schemes take place in February and March in the London office. The interview consists of a 40 minute interview with a partner with a 50 minute written assessment and online verbal and numerical reasoning tests beforehand.


Candidates must do well in the interview and the assessments to be offered a placement.


Candidates who speak a foreign language fluently may be asked to demonstrate this skill at interview.

Ciara Kempson

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT ASSISTANT

Ciara is responsible for the vacation schemes in our London office. Below she answers some common questions asked by vacation students.

Tips and advice from Ciara


Those who have gained the most from the experience in the past and have impressed us might have shown one or more of the following traits:

  • Being genuinely interested in the people you are working with and the work you are presented with.
  • Demonstrating a willingness to learn.
  • Asking relevant questions.
  • Being able to use common sense.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Behaving professionally – from dressing appropriately to talking to people in the office.
  • Having a good work ethic – i.e. being tenacious, willing to go the extra mile, dedicated to the job in hand.

Do you assess me whilst I am on the placement? If so, what do I need to do on placement to impress you?

Yes we do assess you on placement but we are not assessing your every move! We ask each of your supervisors to give us some feedback at the end of the week that you spend with them. We ask them to assess you against the skills we look for in potential trainees – which include team working and organisation skills.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

Applications close at the end of January. We start to review applications approximately one month prior to the application deadline. Whilst we would not fill our places before the closing date, it may be useful to know that we do start to schedule interviews before the deadline.