We offer 50-60 placements of one week each during June. Our application form is open to apply from early December and closes on 28th February for summer placements.
Placements provide invaluable experience, allowing you to choose the right firm for you and can even fast track you to a place on the assessment day for a training contract.
On your placement you will experience a real week in the life of a trainee solicitor which includes real responsibility, working on real case files and attending real client meetings. You will be 'buddied up' with a trainee, who will be able to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small. You will also be set a mini project to complete which will help you to get to know the people in your office and across the firm whilst also getting a feel for our culture and values.
And of course, you will be invited to any number of socials, lunches and other activities that are happening, not only in the week you join us, but throughout the year.
What our placement students have to say
Dan Barrett, a Law LLB graduate attended a one week summer vacation placement in Milton Keyne's Employment team in 2014. Dan has recently completed the LLM International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham and will commence his Training Contract at Shoosmiths in September 2015.
"I applied for the vacation scheme at Shoosmiths initially because of its leading national status. I knew that as a trainee I would receive hands on work and great client contact, which would allow me to make a positive contribution to the team. I wasn't wrong!
During the scheme, I was sat in the Employment Department. One aspect that stood out to me from day one was the open-plan office. As I noticed in other firms, it can be quite daunting as a trainee to ask questions to senior members of staff, especially when your work spaces are divided by separate offices. At Shoosmiths, I was sat amongst lawyers of all different professional levels, in an open plan environment; it was great to see such collaboration.
During the week I had to complete several mini-assignments which included several drafting exercises and an organisational exercise. At the end of the week I gave a presentation on a newsletter I had created for the firm. Not only did the tasks help to develop some fundamental skills, they provided genuine insight into the type of work I'd be expected to do as a trainee. During the week, I also had the opportunity to undertake real work on a current case involving a notable client. To be given such responsibility is indicative of Shoosmiths' commitment to trainee development.
My time at Shoosmiths was not confined to the office; I travelled to London to watch the employment team conduct a mock tribunal for HR clients. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet other Shoosmiths employees from different offices; it also allowed me to network with different HR directors who have experienced Shoosmiths' services first hand. In addition to this, I played rugby after work with some employees of the firm and other companies in the building. This was another great opportunity to meet new people through a little healthy competition.
The week ended with the traditional first Friday of the month drinks at a local bar - a fantastic end to a fantastic week. I can say with confidence that I gained great exposure to the culture at Shoosmiths and managed to develop some key skills along the way. I was delighted to accept a Training Contract with the firm, and look forward to taking my first steps into a successful and rewarding career."
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