When to apply

The vacation scheme application window is open from 5 October 2020 to 7 January 2021.

We’ll be holding interviews at the beginning of 2021 for candidates applying for a place on our 2021 vacation scheme.

Scheme one runs from 21 June to 9 July 2021
Scheme two runs from 12 July to 30 July 2021

Am I eligible?

You’re eligible to apply for the vacation scheme if you are a penultimate-year student studying any degree. If you are studying a four-year degree, you are able to apply in your second year and, if offered, we will defer your place.

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, you need to 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 (which assesses critical thinking skills). If you are successful at that stage, we will invite you to a half-day assessment centre.

Click here for advice on how to prepare for each stage of our application process.

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We’re disability-confident recruiters. Find out more on the MyPlus Students Club website.

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. Examples of adjustments we’ve made in the past 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 what would help you. Of course, all conversations will be kept confidential. Email or call +44 20 7785 5554.

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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.

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