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Vacation scheme recruitment process

Applications for our 2021 Vacation Schemes are now closed.

Applications for our 2022 Vacation Schemes will open on 23rd August 2021 and close on Wednesday 22nd December 2021.

We do recruit on a rolling basis and whilst we do read all vacation scheme applications that have been submitted, we would recommend that you look to apply earlier to give you the best chance of securing an assessment day with us. 

We are recruiting for our trainees solely through our vacation scheme. To be considered you will need to apply for our vacation scheme, after which you will be considered for a training contract interview.

We only accept online applications via our website. Please note that CVs are not accepted as a means of application.

Yes, we welcome applications from undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates or career changers with any degree discipline. For those still at university we accept applications for our vacation scheme from penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.

There are a few very important reasons for us only recruiting through our vacation scheme. Firstly, hiring a diverse group of candidates has always been extremely important for us and historically we have always been able to attract and recruit a vacation scheme intake that comprises of many different types of people, including university students, career changers, mature students, those with childcare responsibilities etc. all with varying life experiences and varying levels of legal experience.

Secondly, as a firm, we aren’t looking for students who are able to ‘ace’ an interview or an assessment day, we really want to get to know students, on the job, over a couple of weeks to ensure that they are the right fit for us and equally that we are what they are looking for as well!

Thirdly, over the past few years we, like many other firms have found that we hire almost all of our trainees through the vacation scheme. Meaning that when we reach the direct training contract applications we are faced with a large amount of applications but very few spots to offer.

For all of these reasons as well as others we have felt that the ‘vac scheme only route’ is the best way for us to recruit our Trainees. 

Please direct any further queries on this to early.careers@mishcon.com.

Yes, we encourage applications from mature students and career changers.

Typically our applications will have a 2:1 degree minimum and ABB at A-Level, however we can be flexible with these and ultimately we look for the best candidates. Please don’t be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board. Candidates should enter their GCSE, A-level (or equivalent) and a full breakdown of their degree grades on the application form.

We appreciate that results obtained abroad are not always in the same format as UK qualifications; however you should enter your results into the form in the best way possible. Please enter results equivalent to GCSE, A Levels and Degree (if you studied these). Any explanation of your results should be written in the ‘Additional Information’ section under the academic results part of the form.

  1. Application
    This form will require you to complete details about yourself including your academics and personal contact info, your work experience to date, details of any extra-curricular activities and you will complete some free-text questions.

  2. Video Interview
    You will receive a link asking you to complete the video interview. This is a one-way recorded interview where you will be shown a number of questions and have a set amount of time to record your response online. 

  3. Case Study (virtual)
    This assessment is completed online using Zoom. You will be given all the information materials on the day and given time to prepare before meeting with an assessor.

  4. Interview (virtual)
    This is the final stage in the process. The interview takes place online using Zoom, and is a chance for our interviewers to find out more about you.  

Video interviewing allows you, the candidate, to complete the interview at a time and location which is convenient to you. Our previous use of telephone interviews could mean that candidates waited longer to be able to book a slot and that the times available were not always suitable. This way we can move you through our process more quickly without compromising on the quality of our recruitment process. This is the third year we are using video interviews and we received very positive feedback during the last recruitment round about this method.

We want everyone to feel comfortable when completing our recruitment process. If you have a disability or condition that means a video interview isn’t suitable for you please email us at early.careers@mishcon.com, once you receive your invite to interview. We will provide you with an alternative that better suits your needs.

If you do not have the technology available to you to complete a video interview please email early.careers@mishcon.com explaining your situation and we will come back to you with another option.

If you are unable to make any of the scheme dates please apply using the application form and explain your reasons for needing an alternative date within the ‘additional information’ section of the form at the end. 

Yes, we appreciate the time and effort you put into our application process, and we take the time to fully consider and respond to each application. It may take a while for the HR team to get back to you. Please be patient with us, we always endeavour to get back to candidates as soon as we can.

We aim to contact all applicants for the 2021 Vacation Scheme by the end of March 2021 to confirm the outcome of their application.

We do not have a direct training contract application process, if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the vacation scheme you will need to re-apply again the following year.

Please enter a full breakdown of your academics in your application form. GDL and LPC grade breakdowns should be added into the post-graduate academic section of the application form.

Once you revice your invitation to complete the video interview, you will have 7 days to complete your video interview from this date. Please email early.careers@mishcon.com if, in exceptional circumstances, where you are unable to complete the video interview by your specified deadline.

Due to the volume of applications we receive we do not provide individual feedback on the application form or video interview. You will however, receive individual feedback following both the assessment day, final interview and following your vacation scheme. 

If you have attended an assessment day or Vacation Scheme interview and have been unsuccessful, you may apply for the Vacation Scheme the following year. We encourage you to show you have learnt and developed from your experience and have taken on board the feedback we have provided during the process.

General queries

Yes, we provide full LPC and GDL funding, and a maintenance grant of £7,000 payable in the GDL and LPC year, including for accelerated courses. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to make payments retrospectively for GDL and LPC courses which have already been commenced or completed at the time of a training contract offer.

Due to the high level of demand for work experience, we are unable to accommodate requests outside of our formal programmes. We would encourage you to have a look at the details for our vacation schemes to see whether you can apply for one of these

We recruit paralegals on a rolling basis throughout the year, as and when the need arises. Please visit our current vacancies for more information.

If you do not currently have permission to work in the UK please provide full details of how you intend to qualify for this so that we can consider whether or not it is possible for us to progress your application. We will look at each application on a case by case basis. Any offer will be conditional on your right to work in the UK.

On the application form you will be asked to enter information regarding your working rights for the vacation scheme and the training contract. To provide us with further information, such as which type of visa you are currently on or will be for the training contract, please fill in the in the 'please add any further information regarding your work permit status' section, on the application form.

We have close working relationships with a number of Universities. If you think that the society you are involved with would be a good fit for Mishcon de Reya, please email our graduate team at early.careers@mishcon.com with information about your sponsorship opportunity. 

Please see our Sports Law Academy page for more information on the timetable for this year's programme

In 2021 we plan to attend the following virtual law fairs: BPP, University of Law, Legal Cheek, Aspiring Solicitors. We will wait for COVID-19 updates before deciding which on-site law fairs we will be attending.  This FAQ page will be updated once these are confirmed.

Yes we run two Virtual Open Days during the year. Our Virtual Winter Open Day, taking place on 11 November 2021, is open to all final year Law students and penultimate/final year non-law students along with those studying the GDL/LPC and who have graduated.  Our Virtual Spring Open Day, on Thursday 18 March 2021, is only for those in the first year of their law degree or the first/penultimate year of a non-law degree.  Please note, the 2021 Spring Open Day applications are now closed.

Our Open Days are a chance to get a real insight into the type of work we do, the clients we engage with and life as a lawyer at Mishcon de Reya. It’s your chance to get to know us better and understand what makes us tick but we also want to leave you with an increased level of commercial awareness about how a law firm operates, the current legal landscape and the future of the legal market. We will have some really interesting speakers who will be delivering 'TED' style talks and you'll also take part in an interactive business game. There will also be plenty of time for you to mingle with our trainees and lawyers as well.

You should apply for the Open Day that you are eligible for e.g. don't apply for the First Year Open Day if you have recently graduated. We typically look for an expected 2:1 degree and ABB at A-level but we are ultimately looking for the best candidates. Please don't be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board! You should enter your GCSE, A-level (or equivalent) and a full breakdown of your degree grades on the application form.

On 28 October 2020 the Legal Services Board (LSB) approved the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as a new approach to qualification.   

We intend to continue with our two year Training Contract in 2021 and 2022.  Any candidates who are offered a Training Contract from one of our 2021 Vacation Schemes, and who have started their GDL or LPC courses, will be allowed to continue with the traditional qualification route.  We are finalising our SQE Policy for those who have not started their GDL or LPC.  We will update this webpage as soon as the Policy has been finalised and our 2021 Vacation Scheme applicants will be contacted.

We encourage you to study where is most suited to you and therefore do not have a preferred GDL or LPC provider. Neither do we specify the electives you should study. We advise you consider your strengths and areas of interest as well as the work Mishcon does!

Vacation schemes

We will be running four vacation schemes in 2021, two in Spring and two over the Summer.
Please find the dates of the schemes below:

Spring Vacation Scheme
Tuesday 13th April – Wednesday 14th April 2021
Wednesday 21st  April – Thursday 22nd April 2021

Summer Vacation Schemes
Tuesday 29th June – Wednesday 30th June 2021
Tuesday 6th July – Wednesday 7th July 2021

Due to COVID restrictions we have made the decision for all our 2021 Spring & Summer Vacation Schemes to be two day virtual events.  As well as a number of group and individual written assessments, there will be opportunities for you to meet existing Trainees, Training Principals and other fee-earners from across the Firm. There will also be a number of talks given by representatives from our new practice areas including MDRxTECH, Mishcon Purpose and our Politics & Law Group.

Due to the 2021 Vacation Scheme being a two day event, we will not be paying candidates a salary.  We will also not be offering travel expenses since the event will be delivered online.

From the 2021 Vacation Scheme programme we will be offering between approximately 20 training contracts.

Graduate and Trainee Programme

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