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Law Firm Application Deadlines 2022-2023

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Hi everyone!

As law firms continue to announce their deadlines for the upcoming cycle, the list below will be updated :)

I have separated out the application deadlines for first-year, winter, spring and summer vacation schemes as well as for direct training contract applications. This may be useful for those of you who wish to spread out your applications between winter, spring, summer and direct TC in order to minimise your chance of being accepted onto multiple overlapping vacation schemes which you cannot complete.

Please refer also to this list of firms which either recruit primarily from vacation scheme or direct TC, as well as this list of which firms recruit on a rolling basis. You will always be able to find all of these posts at the link in my signature, along with my compilation of common application pitfalls to avoid when you start writing your applications!

Together I hope that these lists help you draw up a schedule of which firms you will apply to, when you will apply to them and whether you will apply to their training contract or vacation scheme in the first instance. The application process can be somewhat of a numbers game and it is definitely realistic to submit large numbers of high-quality applications if you plan ahead, starting now!

The deadlines listed below do not offer a comprehensive summary and there are many firms which will be opening their application cycles over the coming weeks. If anyone else wants to suggest additions, please comment with more firms, the relevant dates, and a link to the firm's website page where the dates are listed.

Thank you :)

Deadlines​


First-Year Insight Scheme Applications

December 2022

16 December 2022: Slaughter and May

February 2023
1 February 2023: Taylor Wessing
9 February 2023: Clifford Chance


Winter Vacation Scheme Applications

September 2022

30 September 2022: Herbert Smith Freehills

October 2022
6 October 2022: Linklaters
9 October 2022: Travers Smith
13 October 2022: Covington & Burling
14 October 2022: Allen & Overy
14 October 2022: Slaughter and May
27 October 2022: Burges Salmon
28 October 2022: Dechert
30 October 2022: Jones Day
30 October 2022: Shearman & Sterling


Spring Vacation Scheme Applications

December 2022

1 December 2022: Baker McKenzie
2 December 2022: Herbert Smith Freehills
15 December 2022: Linklaters
15 December 2022: Skadden
20 December 2022: Willkie Farr & Gallagher
31 December 2022: Dechert

January 2023
2 January 2023: Debevoise & Plimpton
8 January 2023: Jones Day
8 January 2023: Milbank
12 January 2023: Burges Salmon
15 January 2023: Shearman & Sterling
31 January 2023: Charles Russell Speechlys


Summer Vacation Scheme Applications

December 2022

1 December 2022: Taylor Wessing
2 December 2022: Herbert Smith Freehills
9 December 2022: Slaughter and May
15 December 2022: Linklaters
15 December 2022: Skadden
16 December 2022: Allen & Overy
20 December 2022: Willkie Farr & Gallagher

January 2023
1 January 2023: Baker McKenzie
2 January 2023: Debevoise & Plimpton
7 January 2023: Davis Polk (only law students can apply)
8 January 2023: Akin Gump
8 January 2023: Jones Day
8 January 2023: Milbank
12 January 2023: Burges Salmon
13 January 2023: Covington & Burling
13 January 2023: Forsters
13 January 2023: Sullivan & Cromwell
13 January 2023: Vinson & Elkins
15 January 2023: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
15 January 2023: Osborne Clarke
15 January 2023: Shearman & Sterling
15 January 2023: Travers Smith
15 January 2023: Trowers & Hamlins
16 January 2023: Gibson Dunn
31 January 2023: Charles Russell Speechlys
31 January 2023: Dechert
31 January 2023: Shoosmiths (30 June for Belfast)

February 2023
5 February 2023: Taylor Vinters

Direct Training Contract Applications

November 2022

30 November 2022: Slaughter and May

December 2022
8 December 2022: Clifford Chance (second-year law students and final-year non-law students are prioritised)
15 December 2022: Linklaters
16 December 2022: Allen & Overy
31 December 2022: Curtis (for 2024 TC)

January 2023
2 January 2023: Bristows
15 January 2023: Osborne Clarke
16 January 2023: Gibson Dunn
31 January 2023: Charles Russell Speechlys
31 January 2023: Hill Dickinson

March 2023
31 March 2023: Shoosmiths (15 October 2022 for Belfast)

April 2023
1 April 2023: Baker McKenzie

May 2023
31 May 2023: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

June 2023
30 June 2023: Vinson & Elkins

July 2023
7 July 2023: Covington & Burling
14 July 2023: Sullivan & Cromwell
31 July 2023: Trowers & Hamlins
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Thank you so much for the information on this thread. Has Kirkland and Ellis cancelled their vacation scheme program? While their website does have applications for the summer vacation scheme in 2022, it hasn't provided any information to apply for their 2023 summer vacation scheme. I'd really appreciate any help to this end.
 

Jessica Booker

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Thank you so much for the information on this thread. Has Kirkland and Ellis cancelled their vacation scheme program? While their website does have applications for the summer vacation scheme in 2022, it hasn't provided any information to apply for their 2023 summer vacation scheme. I'd really appreciate any help to this end.
As mentioned in another thread, I think they just haven’t opened applications yet. Sometimes firms don’t launch new websites or update them etc until early October
 
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Jessica Booker

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Is there a list of UK law firms offering training contracts/ vacation schemes in Dubai/ Middle East?

Including:
Application deadlines
A level requirements
Deadlines

Happy to create one but useful to know in case already exists!
Hi @Mike Wazaoski - We don’t have this detail specifically unfortunately and from a quick look online I can’t see any other websites that seems to list it either unfortunately.

Please let us know if you do create the list though - this would be incredibly useful, and we’d love to reward you with one of our weekly “post of the week” awards if you do.
 
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