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Early careers

Vacation schemes

Our three-week summer vacation scheme offers first-hand experience of Freshfields' work and culture. You will engage in real tasks, group exercises, and social events with associates and partners.

Penultimate-year undergraduates of any degree and second-year students in a four-year course are eligible to apply. This is a paid placement so you must have the right to work in the UK. If you have a visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to ensure that our vacation scheme falls outside of your term time.

At the end of the three-week vacation scheme, you’ll have an interview for a place on our trainee associate programme. You’ll also be assessed during the scheme.

The application process is straightforward. Complete our form and write an 850-word personal statement. Shortlisted candidates undertake the Watson Glaser test, assessing critical-thinking skills, followed by a half-day assessment centre. See our application process page for tips and guidance.





Key dates

Application open
6 November 2023 
Application deadline
4 January 2024 

Scheme one
17 June 2024 to 5 July 2024
Scheme two
8 July 2024 to 26 July 2024


£450 per week

Fully funded accommodation and bursary support may be available.

Get in touch with our early careers team