The best way to learn more about Edwin Coe and what we do is to come and see us in action over the course of a working week! Our Summer Vacation Scheme gives you an insider’s view of the day-to-day work of a solicitor and what it is really like to work here.
You will gain experience of two departments over the course of the week, being supervised by a qualified associate and getting involved in real work. There will also be the opportunity to attend client or department meetings where appropriate. We expect you to work normal office hours of 9.00 am – 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday. We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses during the course of your vacation scheme. If you are travelling overseas, please check with us before planning your trip.
What we look for in you
Whether you are applying for a Summer Vacation Scheme place or a Training Contract, we are looking for well-rounded individuals with a passion for law, supported by a strong academic record:
- Minimum 2:1degree or grades to date
- Plus ABB at ‘A’Level or equivalent qualifications
Candidates that have not achieved the above academic qualifications will still be considered where exceptional circumstances apply.
In order to be considered, your application will need to demonstrate your ability to establish professional credibility, build strong working relationships and to work both autonomously and as part of a team. Strong IT, communication and listening skills are a prerequisite for the role of a Trainee Solicitor. Ideally we are looking for candidates who participate in extra-curricular activities and who have already attained some legal work experience.
- Applications for 2024 open: 1 November 2023
- Deadline for applications: 31 January 2024
- Summer Vacation Scheme takes place: June/July 2024
Frequently Asked Questions
Will it help my application for a training contract if I attend a vacation scheme with you?
No. The vacation scheme is more about helping you decide whether a career with a law firm is right for you and whether we are what you want. Almost all of those who spend time with us in the summer apply for a training contract.
We are delighted by this because it means the students enjoyed their time with us. But it doesn’t mean that a training contract is assured. It’s easy to become complacent if you’ve had a place on our vacation scheme and then come to the interview under-prepared, thinking you have a head start.
Am I at a disadvantage if I do not have any legal work experience?
Work experience is an important part of your application as it gives you the ability to demonstrate some of our desired competencies and transferable skills. Whilst we look at all work experience, legal work experience is particularly helpful as it gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the career and the ability to demonstrate commitment.
If you are applying for our vacation scheme, we appreciate that you may not have a great deal of legal work experience, however, it is still important that you demonstrate transferable skills throughout the rest of your application.
I am a first year law student or second year non law student at university, are there any schemes that I can apply for?
No, unfortunately we do not offer vacation schemes for first year law students or second year non law students. You will however be able to apply the following year.
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