Fine dining, European getaways and power boating down the Thames — it must be summer vac scheme season

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By Thomas Connelly on

A world away from life in corporate law


It’s summer vac scheme time, sometimes also known as that time of year when law firms show off even more than they usually do.

And — as usual — it’s time for the rest of us to sit at home and feel very jealous about the extravagant activities this year’s vac schemers are enjoying.

Legal Cheek has scouted far and wide, and now present to you some of the very best vac scheme jollies this summer has to offer.

Clifford Chance

Vac schemers at the magic circle outfit bonded over roast chicken.

And were then treated to a table of — what looks like — some of the most delicious food Legal Cheek has ever seen.

Slaughter and May

Meanwhile vac schemers over at the fellow magic circle outfit were whisked off to Brussels.


Trainees bonded with the summer’s vac scheme cohort over a game of crazy golf.

Hogan Lovells

The adrenaline was flowing over at the City giant, treating its group of aspiring lawyers to a powerboat ride down the Thames.


But they weren’t the only ones…

Adrenaline pumping post-boat ride, what better way to cool off than to head over to Las Iguanas for some spicy food.


If powerboat riding isn’t your thing, maybe a slightly calmer trip punting in Cambridge will take your fancy.

Over in the firm’s Manchester office, things weren’t quite so chilled out.

Simmons & Simmons

The corporate outfit kept it simple with a game of darts down the local boozer.


Pub quizzes and football were on offer too.

CMS Cameron McKenna

Cocktail making was on the agenda at the City law firm.


The good folks over at this boutique media firm decided to take their hungry cohort out to eat in style.

There was breakfast too.

Jones Day

London vac schemers at the US giant were living the high life (quite literally) taking a ride on the London Eye.

Baker & McKenzie

Baker’s lot made bread pizza.


Vac schemers sported matching footwear for a game of ten pin bowling.

And, rather horrifyingly, went out for a night of karaoke too.

Shearman and Sterling

Keeping things sophisticated, the international outfit’s vac schemers sampled the culinary delights of London hot spot Duck and Waffle.

Herbert Smith Freehills

There was plenty of alcohol on offer over at this law firm.

Mayer Brown

And then there was tagliatelle.

Oh, and a trip to Paris.

Just remember guys, vac schemes aren’t all about flashy boats and trips abroad. You can actually leave the experience with some valuable experience under your belt. Or some new Instagram followers.