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When to apply

The vacation scheme application window is open from 4 October 2021 to 6 January 2022.

We’ll be holding interviews at the beginning of 2022 for candidates applying for a place on our 2022 vacation scheme.

Scheme one runs from 20 June to 8 July 2022
Scheme two runs from 11 July to 29 July 2022

Am I eligible?

You’re eligible to apply for the vacation scheme if you are a penultimate-year undergraduate studying any degree. You can therefore apply if you are in your second year of a three-year course or third year of a four-year course.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK as our vacation scheme is a paid placement. If you have a visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to ensure that our vacation scheme falls outside of your term time.

Our vacation scheme is very competitive. If you are applying for a training contract, don’t worry if you didn’t get a place on our vacation scheme – we will still consider your application.

To apply for a place on our vacation scheme, complete our application form and write a personal statement of up to 850 words. If you are invited to the next stage of the process, you will complete the Watson Glaser test to assess your critical-thinking skills. If you are successful at that stage, we will invite you to a half-day assessment centre.

Find out how to prepare for each stage of our application process.

Apply for a vacation scheme.

Applicants with disabilities

Freshfields is committed to being a disability-inclusive employer. We are constantly searching for ways to attract and progress our disabled talent. We partner with Business Disability Forum, who help organisations become disability smart, and are part of their Global Taskforce. We also work with Myplus Consulting who advise on better attracting, retaining and progressing talented disabled undergraduates and graduates, and EmployAbility, who provide personalised adjustments advice.

If you have a disability, we want you to be able to show your full potential. We will provide any adjustments and/or support you need during the recruitment process. Adjustments we can make include assistive technology, extra time, offering interviews at a specific time and ensuring ease of physical access.

Please let us know as soon as you can if you think you would benefit from any adjustments. Email ukgraduates@freshfields.com or call +44 20 7785 5554. Of course, all conversations will be kept confidential. To learn more about what Freshfields is doing to support our colleagues who are affected by disability, visit our diversity and inclusion page.

Vacation scheme

Our three-week summer vacation scheme is an exciting way to find out more about life at Freshfields before considering applying for a training contract.

Connected innovation

At Freshfields, innovation is not purely about technology. We believe in connected innovation: the combined power of people, processes and tech.

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Twitter | 04 January 2022

Day 11 of 12 Days of Hints & Tips, our holiday gift to you! To apply for our training contract or vacation scheme, visit https://t.co/8MMmbSPha9. Applications close 6 Jan 2022. #Freshfieldsgrads12days https://t.co/e4c0SAQTQn