12 things students do on their vac schemes that have absolutely nothing to do with law

Gardening, ping pong and trips to Paris

Summer vac scheme season is upon us, which means it’s time for firms to give budding lawyers a chance to experience legal practice first-hand by, erm, doing lots of random stuff which has absolutely nothing to do with law.

Last summer, there were trips to Brussels courtesy of Slaughter and May, games of crazy golf for the Freshfields lot and powerboat rides at Hogan Lovells and Linklaters.

But what have this year’s bunch of happy vac schemers been up to that’s totally not law-related? We count down 12 highlights.

1. Play ping pong over some drinks

2. Go to Paris

3. Trim bushes

4. Go for a walk

5. Eat mammoth scoops of ice cream

6. Play rounders while holding a plate of food or a beer

7. Go to Paris… again

8. Roll dough at Pizza Express

9. Do some clue-based team building

10. Eat by candlelight wearing a chef’s hat

11. Eat sushi while posing with an ASOS order

12. Go to a painting masterclass

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41 Comments

Stuffy Partner

What on earth did I just read.. Get their noses to the grindstone!

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Jones Day equity partner

If only people knew what do our vac schemers get up to…

Needless to say they all have trimmed bushes, just the way I like it. 🍆🍑

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Butler

The great thing about vac schemers is that they are desperate and only about for a couple of weeks. Key is to make it clear from an early stage that your input holds some weight in the training contract offer decision making process. You’d be surprised what vac schemers will do to impress :). The best part is you often don’t need to see them again, ever.

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Irwin Mitchell Partner

We afford our vacs schemers all sorts of privileges our full time employees don’t get. For example, yesterday I saw two vacs schemers being allowed out in the daylight, and also they were laughing! That’ll stop as soon as they start as trainees though.

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Irwin Mitchell Trainee/Slave

I hear the partners are considering upping our daily digestive allowance from one to one and a half – can you confirm that this is the case?

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Irwin Mitchell Partner

One digestive a day?! You’re already having more than the whole of the Sheffield office put together. Get back to work before I take that off you.

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Anonymous

This gimmick, like most others on here, is really old and not funny in the slightest.

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Anonymous

Disagree completely. I think it is great, as are lots of the others. Gimmicks are what make this site.

Shoo away, you FLY.

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Anonymous

I did three vac schemes at regional or high street firms. The most I ever got was one dinner with a £20 per head limit.

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Anonymous

I would like to take Katie King to Paris. We could eat lots of foie gras and sip fine wines until the early hours. It would be beautiful.

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Gus

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Anonymous

What, the article she would write about it after complete with Twitter quotes and memes?

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Big Dolla Playa

I didn’t know high street firms did vac schemes. How quaint.

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A Real Lawyer

In 27 years of supervising “vac schemers” this is the first I have heard of any of this.

Pure delusional land from LC as usual.

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Law man

Real lawyers don’t have time for CSR (or even to see our children) because clients need their work done yesterday.

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Anonymous

It would be far more interesting to see the photos that couldn’t be posted on firms’ social media accounts from these vacation scheme socials and trips, rather than the ones that can. Most vac schemes have several stories to tell about drunken students doing something stupid, or actually even the sober ones doing something they shouldn’t.

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Jones Day Senior Associate

It’s all on Snapchat these days unfortunately. I have had nudes from all but one vac schemer this year, but the photos are only temporary.

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Doc. Ludvig Friedrich Von Lowenstein III

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Doc. Ludvig Friedrich Von Lowenstein IIII

Ah! Don’t mention the war.
But French and Norwegian are good, but not regional accents and patois.

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Top banger

Great effort. That is ultimately what they are there for. One of my vac schemers cried afterwards this year, it was a bit awkward.

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Anonymous

Unacceptable. Clearly not mentally strong enough to succeed as a lawyer. Definitely put in a bad word about her quality of work.

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La Ventouse Intrigant

During my vac scheme we got free, vegetable, fruit and nut snacks.

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Jones Day Equity Partner

I make sure that every vac schemer gets plenty of nut sacks

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