Summer vac scheme round-up: Ball games, boat tours and a bountiful supply of bubbly

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Which City player won the wooing-war?

As another vacation scheme season draws to a close, now seems like the perfect time to review what has been an activity filled summer for aspiring City lawyers.

But which firm managed to trump the competition and show lawyers hopefuls that there’s more to City life than law? With that in mind, Legal Cheek has selected some of the best contenders…

Sweetening the deal, Clifford Chance treated its cohort to some hands-on experience as chocolatiers.

Allen & Overy cooked up a food-focused social at London’s Underground Cookery School, which saw vac schemers show off their culinary skills.

Aspiring lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills were treated to a ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery with a techy twist.

Freshfields‘ lot came together to give back to a local community centre.

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After sailing through their vac scheme, Baker McKenzie‘s bunch rounded off their time at the firm with a cruise along the Thames.

Also taking to the Thames, these Hogan Lovells vac scheme voyagers appeared blown away by an extreme, adrenaline-pumping power boat tour.

Linklaters‘ batch of vac schemers were treated to a spot of bubbly on the London Eye.

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Ashurst wined and dined its aspiring lawyers at a schmancy City restaurant serving British scran. Is that a shepherd’s pie we spy? ๐Ÿคค

Macfarlanes took its summer cohort to Shoreditch’s Flight Club for a game of darts.

Meanwhile, Travers Smith were keen to find out if its vac schemers were on the ball — in and outside the office.

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Ah the old grad recruitment lies.

“Come join us, we are so fun!”

*Chains them to a desk until they bill 1900 billables a year*


Future Hoglovs trainee

Canโ€™t wait to do my power-boating seat! ๐Ÿšค



No US firms covered on here?


K&E Future Trainee 2021

Kirkland & Ellis without doubt have the best vacation scheme. Boozy lunches and dinners. Being taken to The Ned and other bars throughout the week. Order the most expensive champagne – partner will pay. Being taken around London to all elite social hotspots. A few of us including trainees and associates were invited to an after party at one of the partner’s penthouse – cant say anything more than this.



I did my vac scheme with Kirkland last summer and it was too much for me. Heavy drinking and party culture. Not only that, a few of the partners were flirting with vac schemers – very unprofessional. Got a TC offer after the exit interview but declined and accepted one with Lathams as enjoyed my vac scheme more.



Are you attractive? Describe yourself physically.



LSEโ€™s not exactly party central is it. Sure they took on some trainees from Brizzle who can handle a heavy night on the marching powder.



Was there drugs and sex?


K&E Future Trainee 2021

Get onto the vacation scheme and you’ll find out.



I am over qualified for a vac scheme ๐Ÿ™



Jones Day allows late bloomers to shine. It gets my vote.



Poor fools.

I try to explain to all the starry-eyed hopefuls I meet that theyโ€™re making a Faustian bargain, but they wonโ€™t listen. The lure of sushi making and a glass of cheap champagne is too much.



Turns out my trainee spent the final night of the vac scheme boning his super fit vac schemer.

The partner and I had to get him in an office and pretend we were angry rather than envious and secretly proud.



Top bantz good chap



Legal Cheek is biased and against freedom of speech. Why have all the insider comments from vacation schemes students been deleted?


Future Trainee 2021

K&E vacation schemes are full of drugs, sex and booze. Had the best 2 weeks of my life. Look forward to going to The Ned again!


UCL Grad

How can one get a TC at Kirkland? This sounds like an awesome place to work!!!


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