“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Shoosmiths. The work I did was interesting and engaging, the people were very friendly, and I came away from the firm wishing to work there permanently…” - Read full review
Shoosmiths is a leading national law firm with offices in Southampton, Basingstoke, Belfast, Reading, London, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds and Edinburgh.
Our client list speaks volumes for the quality of our lawyers and the experience they provide. From Hewlett-Packard to Krispy Kreme and property developers to some of the UK's largest banks, we work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world's most exciting and ambitious growth businesses. Shoosmiths is a major UK law firm with a network of offices working together as one national team.
Our values and culture underpin everything that we do. We believe that our friendly, supportive and dynamic working environment is fundamental to our success and we value highly the role that each individual plays in contributing to this.
As winners of the ‘Best Employer’ award in 2017 for the 13th consecutive year by Legal Week and The Law Society confirmed our ‘gold’ status in the Diversity and Inclusion Charter, we make sure that our people are given the responsibility, confidence, recognition and support that they need to develop and succeed in their careers.
We are an innovative, ambitious firm with a lack of hierarchy and zero tolerance for arrogance and believe that this makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
Summer Vacation Scheme
To find out whether a career in law is for you, apply for a one-week paid placement where you’ll experience a real week in the life of a trainee solicitor, sitting with your whole team in an open plan office.
We offer 40-50 paid placements each June. On your placement you will be ‘buddied up’ with a trainee who will be able to answer any questions that you may have.
You will be given real responsibility and real case files. You will also be set a mini project to complete which will help you to get to know people in your office and across the firm.
Placements provide invaluable experience, allowing you to choose the right firm for you, and can even fast track you to a place on the assessment centre for a training contract.
We accept applications from law students from their penultimate year of university and non-law students from their final year of university. We also welcome applications from graduates and postgraduates in any discipline.
How to apply
To apply to our summer vacation scheme, please click on the apply button below.