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Vacation scheme programme

We offer vacation scheme placements in our Basingstoke, Cambridge. Guildford, London, Oxford and Reading offices. Interns spend time in one of the firm’s practice areas in either business services, private wealth or real estate. You will be involved in real assignments, working alongside a trainee in the team to get a realistic view of what life is really like at Penningtons Manches Cooper. Activities regularly include drafting documents, attending client and team meetings, conducting research or sometimes even attending court. The majority of our offices are open plan so getting to know the wider teams will not be an issue. You will be given a senior mentor, and networking with others is strongly encouraged. Some sessions will be put on to facilitate this, but the more you put into the vacation scheme, the more you will get out of it.

A large proportion of our training contract positions are recruited through our vacation scheme, so if this is your end goal, applying for the scheme is a good route to take. Hear from some of our future trainees that came through the vacation scheme about their experiences here.

The dates of our 2022 vacation schemes are expected to be as follows:

Spring scheme 4 - 8 April 2022

Summer scheme one 20 – 24 June 2022

Summer scheme two 27 June – 1 July 2022

Summer scheme three 4 - 8 July 2022

Recruitment process

Recruitment is conducted on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted online and assessment centres typically start in January and are completed by March. Our assessment centres are made up of three exercises: a written assessment, a one on one competency based interview and a simulation client interview. More details on these will be given to you at invitation stage.

If you require any special assistance or adjustments during the recruitment process, please contact the early careers recruitment team at traineepost@penningtonslaw.com

What are we looking for?

The vacation scheme is open to those candidates who are planning to take up a training contract in two years’ time.

We are looking for dedicated, diverse candidates with a strong academic record and commercial awareness. You should be passionate about law, a great team player and have exceptional communication skills.

We welcome applications from all degree disciplines and from applicants at all stages of their careers. You’ll have, or be on track to have, a 2:1 degree or higher and AAB at A-Level (or the equivalent if educated outside the UK). If you do not meet these criteria and feel that your grades do not reflect your abilities, please include the context of this within your application. Please note that undergraduate applicants must be in their penultimate or final year of a law degree or their final year of a non-law degree.

How to apply

Please complete our application form here: https://www.apply4law.com/penningtonsmanchescooper.

The recruitment timetable is as follows:

  • Applications open: 1 November 2021
  • Applications close: 31 January 2022 (applications are reviewed and candidates recruited on a rolling basis)
  • Assessment centres: January 2022 - March 2022
  • Vacation scheme: We offer candidates a one week placement during the spring or summer. The dates of our 2022 vacation schemes are expected to be as follows:
    • Spring scheme 4 - 8 April 2022
    • Summer scheme one 20 - 24 June 2022 
    • Summer scheme two 27 June - 1 July 2022
    • Summer scheme three 4 - 8 July 2022

We strongly recommend that you apply for our placements as we recruit a high proportion of trainees through these schemes.

Come and speak to us

This year we will be at the following virtual events, so please do come and see us if you have questions or want to get a better feel for the firm and hear real life experiences from some of our employees.

Event name Date
All About Law Panel 22 September
Legal Cheek Virtual Law Fair 5 October
PMC Digital campus event 6 October
PMC Digital campus event 11 October
BPP National Law Fair 13 October
BPP Cambridge Virtual Law Fair 13 October
All About Law Virtual Fair - Presentation 18 October
All About Law Virtual Fair - Networking Expo 19 October
All About Law Virtual Fair - Group Q&A 20 October
PMC Digital campus event 25 October
BPP Regional Law Fair 27 October
Legal Cheek Virtual Law Fair 4 November
All About Law Panel 4 November
PMC Digital campus event 9 November
BPP National Law Fair 10 November
PMC Digital campus event 23 November
Application clinics w/c 29 November
PMC Digital campus event 30 November
PMC presentation - Cambridge BPP 1 December

If you would like further information, please call Helen Lewis on 01256 407195. Alternatively, please e-mail traineepost@penningtonslaw.com.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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