London Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts  

London Vacation Schemes 

We only recruit our London trainee solicitors from our two vacation schemes, held in spring and summer each year. 

Our two week schemes are designed to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a trainee solicitor at Dechert.  Each week you will sit in a different practice group and be given real work to do by our lawyers.  Exactly what you will do will depend on which practice group you sit in but it will include research, drafting and attending meetings.  You will also take part in training sessions on a range of topics, such as legal writing and negotiation.  In 2018, Dechert won Best Training – Vacation Scheme from AllAboutLaw, thanks to the in depth, comprehensive training we provide to our vacation scheme participants. 

Before you start the scheme, we will ask for your practice area preferences and try to place you in your chosen groups.  You will be allocated a supervisor (an associate or partner), a trainee buddy and a partner buddy, and will receive work from people at all levels from across the group

Social events, such as evening activities and dinners, are an important part of the vacation schemes as they enable you to build your relationships with Dechert trainees, associates and partners.  Over the past 18 months, these have included dinner at The Ivy, a private pod on the London Eye, indoor crazy golf with dinner, lunch at Dishoom, drinks receptions at the Shard, walking tours on London legal heritage and group cookery classes. 

Our schemes will take place from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 16 April 2021 and Monday 28 June to 9 July 2021.  We offer places on both schemes to penultimate year Law undergraduates, all final year undergraduates (both law and non-law), all graduates, post-graduates and career changers. 

How to apply

We recruit for trainee solicitors solely via our vacation schemes.  The first step to securing a place on one of our vacation schemes, and subsequently a training contract, is to complete the online application form.

The deadline for all spring vacation scheme applications is 31 December 2020 and the deadline for all summer vacation scheme applications is 31 January 2021.  Please note that an application for a place on one of our vacation schemes is also an application for a training contract commencing in September 2023.

The second stage in our recruitment process is a video interview.

Successful candidates will then be invited to an assessment day in our London office, where they will undertake a variety of exercises.  We know that candidates are likely to be interviewing with other firms as well, so the interview is very much a two-way process.  We provide plenty of time for you to ask questions throughout the day. 

London Training Contracts

We only recruit our London trainee solicitors from our two vacation schemes, held in spring and summer each year. 
We take your training seriously, both before and after you qualify.  As a trainee, you will receive legal skills and commercial training that goes beyond black letter law, with workshops on AI innovations, effective writing, commercial know-how and building technical legal expertise in each practice group you sit it.  All of our qualifiers attend orientation in Philadelphia, an initiative for all Dechert’s newly qualified lawyers globally.  Our associates benefit from our Critical Skills Institute, which focusses on leadership, management, communication and client relations.  With Dechert’s help, you will realise your full potential.

However, we know that the most important training is that which goes on every day, with your supervisor guiding your work and providing you with help and feedback.  Although we encourage you to take on more responsibility, we do so in a supportive environment.  Your supervisors provide continuous guidance.  In addition, your professional development is monitored on a regular basis by your personal partner mentor and the graduate recruitment and development team, all of whom are available to help you.

Our commitment to your development is reflected in our six-seat rotation system.  We believe that by allowing you to experience up to six different practice groups during your two-year training.  Whether you want to get the broadest possible experience across a range of practice groups, or to repeat a seat and get to know that practice group better, we can help tailor your training contract.