Our summer placements are a great way to make your mark – and could lead to a training contract.

If you’re committed to applying for a trainee position at Bates Wells, our vacation placements are worth a look. By applying for a vacation scheme, you’re guaranteed to be considered for a training contract. You don’t need to apply for both the vacation scheme and the training contract – you only need to choose one.

Vacation Scheme 2021:

Summer Vacation Scheme 1: 1 June - 11 June 2021

Summer Vacation Scheme 2: 14 June - 25 June 2021

How the application process works

You’ll need to be successful at each stage to move to the next.

  1. Complete online application form found through our website. The application form asks for you to talk about your academics, experiences and motivation. We also work with Rare recruitment and their contextual recruitment tool, which is built into the application form. We take mitigating circumstances seriously when reviewing applications, so if there is anything we should be aware of please include it on your form.
  2. Complete Watson-Glaser Test
    If you submit a good application you will be asked to complete a short assessment testing your critical thinking skills. The test will be sent to you via email and you will be given up to 7 days to complete the test, unless otherwise stated. Adjustments will be made for those who require them to participate in the process due to a disability.
  3. Interview with 2 members of the trainee recruitment team
    Decisions based on your application and test will determine if you are invited for an interview for a vacation scheme. Interviews are usually held in the office, but given the current Covid-19 situation we will be flexible in our approach to interviews and can offer virtual interviews if necessary. The interview is no more than 30-45 minutes, with 2 members of the trainee recruitment team. They will ask questions about your application, as well as motivation for being a Solicitor and joining Bates Wells. Have a think about what it is you want to get from the vacation scheme and be prepared to discuss. Be sure to keep up-to-date with current affairs and have an opinion about what is going on in the world. Once you’ve had your interview a decision will be communicated usually within 10 days.

What you can expect from the vacation scheme

You’ll sit in two different departments during your fortnight with us. But from day one, you’ll feel part of something bigger. You’ll have the chance to explore the firm and the values that drive us, and we’ll always support you to be yourself.

You’ll meet a wide range of our people, and you’ll get to know our shared sense of purpose and values. We encourage you to get involved with the whole department and any events happening during your time with us.

How the vacation scheme fits into the training contract application process

When you arrive for your vacation scheme, we’ll let know how we’ll be assessing you throughout the placement. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you back for a final interview from July with two partners (including our managing partner). After final interviews, we’ll offer training contracts to successful candidates.

If you decide to apply directly for a training contract rather than going for the vacation scheme, you’ll still complete the initial form and Watson Glaser test. However, you’ll be invited to an assessment day at the firm rather than just a competency based interview. The assessment day consists of a competency based interview and written exercise. If you’re successful on the assessment day, you’ll be invited back for a final interview alongside vacation scheme students in July. 


Vacation scheme applications have now closed, but you can still apply for 2023 training contracts

Our Trainees Team