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Summer Vacation Scheme 2020

Mills & Reeve
Mills & Reeve
  • Entry Requirements: 2:1 degree, 300 UCAS points
  • Salary: £315 per week
  • Deadline: 05/01/2020
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    • Birmingham
    • Cambridge
    • Norwich
    • Manchester

Who we are

You will often hear us say “Achieve more. Together”, and while many law firms talk about teamwork and collaboration, it’s not just a catchphrase for us, more the cornerstone of our culture and how we work.

Of course, you want to know that we have six offices across the UK with 1,000 staff and over 500 lawyers.   But, more importantly, you should know that we have been crowned Law Firm of the Year by both Legal Week and RollonFriday and we have been ranked in the Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the past 16 years.  We consistently win accolades for our vacation scheme and training contracts.

This is because, as a trainee at Mills & Reeve, we offer something a bit different. The quality of the work you will get involved with, the contact and relationships you will build with clients and the culture of the firm you work in. And 97% of us would recommend that you work here.

We are a major UK law firm and our work spans a broad range of legal sectors and jurisdictions for a diverse range of clients: from the FTSE250 to fast-growth start-ups, from individuals to some of the world’s most established and prestigious organisations.

What we do

Our service is delivered through firm-wide core groups: corporate and commercial, employment, family, insurance disputes, private client, projects and construction, real estate and regulatory, public and commercial disputes.  Core sectors are automotive, charities and social enterprise, education, energy, food and agribusiness, government, health and care, insurance, life sciences, mid-market, private wealth, real estate investment, sport, technology.

Vacation scheme

Our award-winning summer vacation scheme is the ideal introduction to Mills & Reeve and gives you a real taste of life as a lawyer.  During your time with us you will be placed in real-life situations, preparing draft documents, researching, attending court hearings and meeting clients.

You will work with a variety of lawyers around the business over the course of two weeks, changing teams every two to three days.  You will be paired with one of our current trainees who will answer your day-to-day questions and help you make the most of your experience.  Presentations and a selection of social events will allow you to appreciate our culture.

We offer two weeks' work experience at one of our offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester (with the opportunity to spend time in our Leeds office) and Norwich.

This year, we will only be recruiting trainees through our vacation scheme and we are currently recruiting for our 2022 trainee cohort.

Who should apply?

We want people who are ready for early responsibility because that is what we will give you.  You will be highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills, confidence and commercial awareness.  You will need high standards of academic achievement; to demonstrate maturity, have initiative and business acumen.  You will enjoy untangling complicated issues and thrive on building relationships with clients and colleagues.

We welcome applications from penultimate-year and final-year law students, final-year non-law students and graduates who have the potential to develop into our solicitors of the future.

Application process

Here is a summary of the stages of our process.  A candidate must be successful at each stage in order to pass onto the next:

  1. Initial review of application forms conducted by a team of HR professionals.
  2. Watson Glaser critical thinking test.
  3. Second review of application forms conducted by a team of lawyers.
  4. Assessment centres held centrally in our London office, to include a group exercise. These are likely to be held over three days at the end of February 2020.
  5. Interviews with Partners and senior lawyers held in our regional offices.  These are likely to be held over two days at the beginning of March.
  6. Two-week vacation schemes in our Birmingham, Cambridge, Manchester (with some time spent in Leeds) and Norwich offices.  These will be held on 22 June to 3 July 2020 (Birmingham and Cambridge) and 29 June to 10 July 2020 (Manchester and Norwich). 

Click here to apply!