Vacation Placements – Scotland

The facts speak for themselves. A good 70% of our Trainees regularly join us after experiencing the working environment first-hand, over a Summer Vacation Placement. It’s by far the best way for you to get to know us, and for us get to know you.

  • Placement Structure

    We design, structure and develop the placement programme to ensure that your experience is as practical and true to the life of a Trainee Solicitor as possible. A placement offers you a structured programme of work-based learning, skills training and presentations, working alongside Trainees and qualified Solicitors on real client matters. You’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of a team, and get the chance to make a great first impression. It’s also a great time to get a feel for the social scene, make friends and start building a network of contacts that will come in very useful throughout your career.

    If you gain a placement, it’s because we’re already thinking of you as a potential Trainee. And during the time you spend with us, we’ll do our best to give you every chance to prove us right. That’s why Vacation Placement students don’t need to make a separate application for our Training Contract programme. In our eyes you’re already in the running.

  • Placement Dates

    Placements take place each summer, typically between the months of June and August. In our Scottish offices placements last three weeks (but this varies across jurisdictions). The dates for our 2018 placements are:

    • Placement 1: Monday 4 – Friday 22 June 2018
    • Placement 2: Monday 2 July – Friday 20 July 2018

    In order for you to undertake a placement and be considered for a training contract we need you to be available for the full duration of a placement. Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements outside the advertised dates and we do not offer ad hoc placements or work experience opportunities.

  • Making an Application

    From September 2017 we will be inviting application for Vacation Placements in 2018.  The closing date for applications with be 11:59p.m. on Friday 5 January 2018.

    Applications for Vacation Placements are made using our online application system.  Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable legal career.  Please take your time, consider your answers and remember to check them for accuracy and spelling.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    The minimum academic requirement that all our trainees are expected to meet or exceed are:

    • 300+ UCAS points from your best five Highers, Advanced Highers or equivalent
    • attainment or prediction of a strong 2.1 in a qualifying Scots Law degree
    • a pass in the Diploma in Legal Practice (PEAT1)

    If you do not meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there is an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

    From Application to Assessment

    After the deadline, all applications are screened to a pre-defined framework and we shortlist those candidates who best evidence that they possess our core capabilities.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to log-on to our application system and book a place at one of our assessment centres.  The assessment centre comprises a number of different elements:

    • a psychometric test
    • a behavioural/commercial interview with a Partner or Senior Associate
    • the opportunity to spend time with some of our current trainees

    After the assessment centres, candidates performance in all areas will be considered and those who have best demonstrated that they meet our core capabilities will be offered a Vacation Placement.

    Vacation Placement to Training Contract

    We hope that all candidates who undertake a Vacation Placement with us would ultimately like to join the firm as a Trainee Solicitor. As part of your Vacation Placement, you will therefore undertake the following assessments for a Training Contract:

    • a further behavioural/commercial interview with a Partner or Senior Associate which focuses on your placement experience
    • a business simulation exercise including a review meeting with a Senior Associate
    • a SWOT presentation

    The Practice Group you have spent time with throughout your placement will provide feedback on your performance, which will be taken into account together with the results from these assessments when deciding the final outcome of your application. Those who best demonstrate that they meet our core capabilities and perform well throughout the placement will receive an offer of a Training Contract.

  • Salary & Benefits

    We believe internships should be paid as while you are with us you will be making a valuable contribution to our business. We ask recognise that undertaking placements can mean incurring costs for travel and accommodation. That is why we pay our vacation placement students £300 per week in all our Scottish offices.

  • Find Out More

    We invite interested applicants to visit the firm prior to submitting an application by attending one of our Office Insight Evenings or a campus event. Details of all upcoming events can be found in the Events section.

    You can find out what former Vacation Placement students have said about their experience at RateMyPlacement.co.uk

    You may also wish to visit our Facebook page or follow our Scottish Trainees on Twitter @PMgrads where you can receive up-to-date news from the firm and find out more about developments across the legal sector.

    If you have any other questions relating to this programme, take a look the FAQs section of the website.