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Vacation schemes You can chose between our spring or summer vacation schemes which offer students the opportunity to gain a strong insight into life at Reed Smith, as well as providing a solid account of the type of work encountered as a trainee. Through our vacation schemes in 2022 we will be recruiting for Qualifying Work Experience from February 2024 onwards. Your seats Our aim is for both of our vacation schemes to be held face to face, however subject to covid restrictions they may be virtual. Our vacation schemes will allow you the opportunity to experience one or two practice areas of your choice along with having an experienced supervisor, bieng integrated into a team and assigned to live projects. You’ll also have a trainee buddy who will act as an informal guide – you can catch up with them at any point, and ask any questions.
Application process We encourage applications from a wide range of degree subjects and value the diversity of thinking that candidates from different backgrounds can bring to the firm. Using a strengths-based assessment approach, our focus is on what you enjoy doing, rather than simply what you can do. This ensures a positive candidate experience and a fair and consistent recruitment process. Your journey to law with Reed Smith The changes brought about by the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) provide us with an exciting opportunity to truly innovate and transform the route to qualification in the legal profession. We offer you a unique opportunity to earn while you learn – to work with us in an innovation, knowledge, business services, pro bono or a client-facing capacity; while also engaging in a commercially-focused legal education and training course that includes the knowledge and skills needed to pass the SQE examinations. More details relating to the SQE can be found under the Qualifying Work Experience section of this brochure.
Assessment and sessions Alongside your seats, you will have the opportunity to attend various sessions to improve your legal and business skills. These include a pro bono exercise and a variety of workshops, covering topics such as cultural intelligence. These sessions alongside feedback from your seats will allow the Graduate Recruitment Team and other people from across the business to assess your suitability for becoming a Reed Smith Trainee. Getting to know us Throughout the vacation scheme, you will get to experience the real culture of our firm through informal, relaxed socials alongside our trainees. This will give you a chance to really gain a deeper insight into each person’s path to Reed Smith, allowing you to get to know fellow team members and begin to network and build your own profile. Salary: you will receive a weekly salary of £379.75
Eligibility Academics • 2.1 in any degree discipline (please inform us of mitigating circumstances) • Penultimate and final year Law and non Law Undergraduates • Law and Non Law Graduates • Career Changers • Graduates who have completed their LPC (please read more information on the SQE) “My vacation scheme was a fantastic introduction to the firm and a great opportunity to work alongside dedicated and friendly people.”
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