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          Vacation Scheme

          If you are looking to start a career as a commercial lawyer, there is no better place to start than attending a DWF Vacation Scheme.

          The best way to understand what makes DWF different – our culture and the work we do – is to experience it for yourself. Our two week summer vacation scheme gives you the chance to work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You’ll work on live legal matters and will be given responsibility right from the start.

          This is combined with a variety of internal workshops and presentations, helping you understand DWF as a business. You’ll also complete a group project that’s designed to aid your professional development and provide you with some of the essential skills of a successful commercial lawyer.

          Don’t worry though, we have a huge support network for you including a supervisor, a trainee buddy and the graduate recruitment team who are on hand to offer advice and provide constructive feedback. At the end of the two weeks the graduate recruitment team will discuss your career aspirations with you and help you decide your next steps.

          There will also be an opportunity for you to start building a network of key contacts. You’ll attend a dinner with partners from your office location, network with trainees and attend social events with the other candidates.

          We take great pride in our vacation scheme. In 2017 we were thrilled to receive a 'Best Work Placement Scheme' award by LawCareers.Net

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          Read our LawCareers.Net Vacation Scheme Insider piece for an insight into our vacation scheme.


          “The DWF Vacation Scheme was an extremely valuable insight into life at the firm. Spending two weeks carrying out trainee tasks, working with future colleagues and experiencing the culture solidified my decision to join. I was also able to get a great feel for the values and the key role the sectors have, which developed my understanding of DWF’s business and services.”
          – Anonymous feedback from our Vacation Scheme feedback survey
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