Vacation scheme

Our vacation schemes are so much more than two or three weeks of work experience in a law firm. They're a launch pad for your career. Around three quarters of our trainees are recruited through the vacation scheme, so it's a fantastic opportunity for you to stand out and get started on your journey. Apply today to develop your skills, build your network and experience life at the firm.



With three-week programmes running in the summer and a two-week programme running in the winter, our vacation schemes are the perfect way to take the first steps into your journey as a lawyer.

You'll be treated like one of the team and experience the recognition and support you’ll get as a Hogan Lovells trainee – getting involved in major client projects across a range of practices and jurisdictions. We’ll give you an authentic, challenging and rewarding experience, so you can get a real taste of your career ahead. Whether you find yourself drafting documents, attending client meetings, researching cases or even in court, you'll be guided by our experts and working alongside similarly talented and ambitious potential lawyers.

At the end of the scheme, having experienced exactly what it’s like to work as part of our team, advise our clients and develop skills on real projects – you’ll have an automatic interview to earn a training contract with us.

Who can apply?

If you’re in your penultimate or final year of study, or if you've already graduated, you’re eligible to apply. It’s the same for both our summer and winter vacation schemes.

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Making the most of your time on the scheme

Our vacation schemes are your opportunity to ask questions and connect with as many different people as you can. From informal chats to client meetings, you'll meet and work alongside partners, associates, trainees and fellow students, it's up to you to make every interaction count. You're there to learn, so there's no such thing as a silly question.

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What we are looking for

The key traits of every Hogan Lovells lawyer

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    Intellect and intellectual curiosity

    We challenge conventional thinking and that often means doing work with little precedent. You’ll need to be ambitious and able to look beyond the obvious to deliver something unique and exceptional. We also look for a strong academic record from GCSE onwards up to a 2.i across your degree and above (or equivalent).

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    Commercial awareness

    Clients need us to be their trusted advisors across their business. You’ll need to be comfortable speaking their language and interested in how business works. 

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    Communication and interpersonal skills

    When working with clients it’s important to be able to communicate in both a clear and concise way. Good verbal and written communication skills are a big part of being a successful lawyer. 

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    Team working & building relationships

    You’ll need to relish being part of a team, where everyone pitches in and achieves great things as a collective.

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    You’ll have a rigorous attention to detail, be calm in the face of complexity and deadlines and happy to put in extra hours if that’s what it takes to deliver exceptional work. You’ll need to be comfortable adapting to new surroundings, respond to cultural nuances and tackle the unpredictable with confidence.


Vacation Schemes

Are you ready?