Vacation Scheme

Our winter and summer vacation schemes are the perfect way for you to get your foot in the door at Latham, and for us to get to know each other.

These schemes are a great opportunity to get involved with real, client-facing work alongside your peers, giving you a taste of life as a trainee lawyer.

You’ll be exposed to many opportunities to work closely with our experienced lawyers, and you will be best-placed to start thinking about what kind of lawyer you want to be.

When you finish your vacation scheme, you’ll have the opportunity to interview for a training contract.

Applications are now open.

A Typical Day

Depending on your practice area, you will be involved with client calls, court visits, Q&As, research and training, group work, and of course, socials. Read what our recent vac schemers had to say:

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First-Year Spring Scheme

This is your opportunity to learn more about life as a lawyer at a global elite law firm, to help you determine if a training contract at Latham would be right for you. Over the course of one week, you will gain valuable insights into:

  • Our complex, high-profile, and cross-border work
  • How our global teams collaborate
  • How a law firm operates as a business

You will leave with a real picture of the roles, responsibilities, and experiences of Latham trainees growing and thriving in a supportive, inclusive, and ambitious environment.

You will also have the chance to network with Latham lawyers across different areas of the firm.

Open to: first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students.

Key Dates

Winter Vac Scheme: 14-18 Dec 2020

First-Year Spring Scheme: 12-16 April 2021

Summer 2021 Vac Scheme: 5-16 July 2021

Applications for all 2020 – 2021 vac schemes are open from 24 September 2020.

Applications are now open.

Training Contract

The training contract you choose will help shape your career as a lawyer.

Seats

Over the course of two years, you’ll rotate across four ‘seats’, or practice areas ― two of which will be corporate and finance. Completing a training contract at a full-service firm as big as Latham means having the opportunity to experience a breadth of interesting practice areas from litigation to fintech.

During each seat you will receive in-practice group training, as well as socials and practice-wide training to ensure you are fully integrated into the practice group and team. You will also be invited to attend practice retreats.

Beyond the skills training, on-the-job training, and practice-specific training, a lot of importance is placed on building your own network. You will be encouraged to build relationships with partners and associates, to put yourself out there and seek work, and ensure you have a broad workload.

Helping you choose – post-qualification

As a trainee, our Graduate Recruitment and Development team will ensure you’re exposed to areas and projects that interest you.

You will receive a practice group guide, which provides full insight into each department, and you will attend practice area talks – presentations where you can attend and ask questions.

You will receive one-to-one guidance from our graduate recruitment team, and be encouraged to network, and speak to other trainees to ensure you have a rounded view of the firm and its practice areas before you make your choice.

The work

Your fast-paced and international assignments will have a real impact in the market.

International secondments

You’ll have the opportunity to go on secondment, depending on business demand. In the past, we have placed trainees on secondment to our Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, Brussels, and Paris offices.

Rooting for your success

We actively invest in all our trainees ― as lawyers and individuals. Whichever path you choose, we will equip you with all the resources to move your career forward. Read about our extensive training.

Full support along the way

Your trainee mentor — who you’ll meet prior to joining the firm — will provide support and guidance throughout your training contract, offering advice from their own recent experiences.

Your associate mentor will also guide you during your training contract, and will be integral to helping you navigate your career and your development into a successful lawyer.

A supervisor at associate or partner level, will be part of your day-to-day team, giving you regular feedback and guidance.

The Graduate Recruitment and Development Team will support you throughout your training programme.

Training & Development

We provide extensive professional development opportunities from the start of your training contract and beyond. Learn more information on the training and support we offer here.

Salary & Benefits

Your starting salary will be £46,000, going up to £50,000 in your second year. See the the full overview of our benefits.

Open Days

We hold four open days over the course of the year for either first-year or penultimate-year law students, final-year students and graduates, and second-year non-law students.

Our open days are the perfect way to get a feel for the Latham culture and the way we work.

What it entails

During the course of the day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our partners, associates, and trainees, as well as our Graduate Recruitment team.

You’ll take part in panels, speed networking, and negotiation activities, and you’ll meet our trainees in a more informal, social setting.

Costs

We’ll cover travelling costs for those of you coming from outside London.

Key dates

Virtual Open Days: 25 November & 2 December 2020

For penultimate-year law and final-year law students. 

Open Day: 24 February 2021

For first-year law and second-year non-law students

Applications are now open.

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