Latham offers two-week placement schemes twice a year for candidates considering applying for a training contract with the firm, one during Easter and one during the summer. The dates for our 2014 vacation schemes are 31 March – 11 April and 30 June – 11 July.
As the firm recruits predominately from these schemes, we encourage candidates to apply for these rather than applying directly for a training contract. For the Easter scheme, we invite applications from candidates who are in their final year of university, who have graduated, or who are completing or who have completed their GDL or LPC. The summer scheme is primarily aimed at law undergraduates in their penultimate year of study.
If a candidate accepts an offer to participate in one of the firm’s vacation schemes, he or she will spend a week in two separate departments. Before arriving, participants are invited to tell us their preferences in terms of practice areas, and we will do our best to accommodate these. During each seat, participants are treated like any other Latham trainee and share an office with a supervisor who is a qualified lawyer.
During the scheme, candidates are asked to produce two pieces of written work and deliver a short presentation to a group of their peers about one of the firm’s practice areas. Participants also attend presentations given by lawyers from across the office in order to gain a thorough view of the work Latham does. Candidates are all assigned a mentor before the scheme starts, usually a current trainee, who is a friendly face throughout the scheme.
Candidates enjoy plenty of social events, where they have the opportunity to meet lawyers and trainees who are available to answer questions and discuss what life as a Latham lawyer is all about.