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To Apply

Please note that this application form will need to be completed in one sitting. There is no save function so you will not be able to save the progress of your application and return to complete it at a later date. If needed, we recommended entering your answers into a separate document to enable you to complete the form in one go when you are ready.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process, please let us know in advance so that any support, aids or adaptations can be put in place to assist you in the selection process.

As a firm we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. Our recruitment privacy notice details how information is collected, processed and how long it is retained for.

Clarke Willmott is committed to applying its equal opportunities and diversity policies at all stages of recruitment and selection. The application form includes a personal details section however this section will be hidden from our selection team who will recruit via blind hiring. The personal details section will not be used as part of the selection process.

To apply, please complete the application form below. If you have any queries or issues using the form, please contact vacation.scheme@clarkewillmott.com.


Q: Will the Vacation Scheme take place at all your offices?

The 2023 Vacation Scheme will take place in our Birmingham and Taunton offices.

Q: Will I be paid for my time on the Vacation Scheme?

Yes, this is a week-long paid placement. You will receive a salary of £409.00 for the week and your working hours each day will be 9 am to 5.30 pm.

Q: Am I eligible to apply for the Vacation Scheme

The Vacation Scheme is open to anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in law, provided you are 18 or over. You do not need to have completed a University Degree (or equivalent). There are no set minimum requirements as your application will be considered as a whole. You must have the right to work in the UK to be enrolled on the scheme.

Q: Can I take part in the Vacation Scheme remotely?

The Vacation Scheme is an in-person placement. You will need to be based at our Taunton or Birmingham office for the duration of the week.

Q: What if I cannot complete the online application form?

If you are unable or struggle to complete the online application form, have any queries, or need to have reasonable adjustments in place to complete the form, please contact vacation.scheme@clarkewillmott.com.

Q: Will you have any psychometric testing or other assessments as part of the selection process?

No. Our selection process only includes an online application form and subsequent virtual interview.

Q: What format will the interviews be in for the selection process?

The interviews will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams and will be competency based.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the interview process or are unable to attend a virtual interview, please let us know in advance so that any support, aids or adaptations can be put in place to assist you in the interview process.

Q: If my application is not shortlisted, can I be given feedback?

Due to the volume of applications, we cannot issue applicants with individual feedback.

Q: Do you offer other work experience placements outside of the Vacation Scheme?

We do not currently offer work experience placements outside of the Vacation Scheme. Our Vacation Schemes run on an annual basis and the next scheme will be in July 2024.

Q: Will I be offered a Training Contract or Paralegal role if I am successful on the Vacation Scheme?

No. We do not offer direct Training Contracts as a route to qualification.

As part of the placement, you will be informally assessed by your allocated team and successful candidates will have the opportunity to join our excellent Vacation Scheme Mentorship Program. Our Mentorship Program is a fantastic way to continue to build on and develop your professional relationships and knowledge once the Vacation Scheme has ended.

You can find out more about our Trainee and Paralegal Careers here: Trainee Solicitor & Paralegal Careers – Start A Career In Law – Clarke Willmott. If you would like to see our current vacancies please visit our page here: All Vacancies – Clarke Willmott Careers.

Vacation Scheme 2023 application
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