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Vacation scheme

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If you are looking to start a career as a lawyer, there is no better place to start than applying for a vacation scheme at DWF. The best way to understand what makes DWF different – our culture and the work we do – is to experience it for yourself.

Our two-week summer vacation scheme gives you the chance to work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You’ll work on live legal matters and will be given responsibility right from the start.

You will also attend a variety of internal workshops and presentations, helping you understand DWF as a business. Finally as part of the vacation scheme, you will work with your fellow vacation scheme students to complete a group project that is designed to aid your professional development and provide you with some of the essential skills of a successful lawyer.

Get help with your application

Don’t worry though, we have a huge support network for you including a supervisor, a trainee buddy and the Early Careers team who are on hand to offer advice and provide constructive feedback. At the end of the two weeks the Early Careers team will discuss your career aspirations with you and help you decide your next steps.

There will also be an opportunity for you to start building a network of key contacts. You’ll attend a dinner with partners from your office location, network with trainees and attend social events with the other candidates. 

We take great pride in our vacation scheme. In 2017 and 2020 we were thrilled to receive the 'Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm' award by LawCareers.Net.

All applicants must have proof of their right to work in the UK.

Applications will reopen in Autumn 2024

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"We were given real work in a structured way, with clear expectations and directions to resources. I was taken aback by the level of involvement and commitment of Partners in the process, who took hours out of their day to get to know us at social events and training sessions."

'Best Work Placement Scheme – Regional Firm' with LawCareers.Net.
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