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"The exposure to real work and to the partners, including heads of the practice groups, was exceptional." Matthew Grice, Future Trainee

Why we're differentThe best way to understand what makes DWF different – our culture and the work we do – is to experience it for yourself. Our two week 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.

Applications for the 2017 vacation schemes will open on 6th October 2016 and will close on 27th January 2017. The dates of our vacation schemes are as follows:

  • Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & Newcastle: Monday 12th June – Friday 23rd June

  • Birmingham, London and Scotland: Monday 19th June – Friday 30th June


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Interested in attending our Vacation Scheme?

Our two week vacation scheme gives you and opportunity to experience different aspects of our business and our unique culture.

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Your key contact

Luiza da Costa

Emerging Talent Specialist

Emma Byers

Emerging Talent Specialist