Summer placement schemes

The summer placement scheme is a vital part of Hugh James’s recruitment process and is our preferred route to a training contract.

The scheme provides a unique insight into the life of a trainee at Hugh James.

In 2007 the scheme was voted a LEX 100 Winner. It is very popular and competition for places is fierce!

1) Who can apply?

  • Second and third year law undergraduates
  • CPE or GDL students (or its equivalent)
  • LPC students

2) The selection process

  • Applications are now open.
  • Interviews – late May/early June
  • Maximum 24 candidates selected
  • Runs mid June to August every year and each placement lasts for two weeks
  • Integral part of the recruitment process
  • No need for successful candidates to apply separately for a training contract

3) The scheme

  • Runs from June to July
  • Based in Cardiff office
  • Each candidate is given a mentor in each office – either a second year trainee or a newly qualified solicitor
  • The placement involves various legal tasks and, if possible, attending client interviews or going to court
  • On the final day of the placement, each candidate will attend a 45 minute interview with the Training Principal, the HR Director and a Senior Partner to include a 10 minute presentation on a topic that will be provided at the start of the two week placement.
  • Candidates will be advised after the scheme finishes in August as to whether or not they have been successful in securing a training contract.



‘The vacation scheme is extremely valuable for budding trainees and offers a real insight into how the Firm works.’
James Gibson

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