Vacation schemes

Our vacation schemes 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 schemes 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 – please only apply for one.

Vacation Scheme 2024:

Our 2024 vacation scheme will take place from 8th – 19th April inclusive, in-person at our London offices.

Please make your vacation scheme application between 2nd October 2023 – 31 January 2024.  We review applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience. We will not accept any applications after the deadline (11.59pm on 31 January) has passed, and technical issues will not be accepted as mitigating circumstances for missing the deadline.

Please note that we are able to detect where ChatGPT and similar software have been used to support the writing of application forms.

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

Before joining the scheme you will receive an agenda about different events happening during your time with us, and opportunities to attend drop-in calls if you have any questions leading up to the scheme. You will have points of contact in the HR team that you can reach out to about anything in the build up to the placement. We want you to feel as prepared as possible for your first day, so you can really enjoy your experience.

If you’re successful at an assessment centre following the vacation scheme, we’ll invite you back for a final training contract interview with two partners (including our Managing Partner). After final interviews, we’ll offer training contracts to successful candidates.



Our trainee team

Applications for training contracts and vacation schemes are now open.

Click here to apply