Vacation scheme recruitment process
When can I apply for the 2016/17 vacation schemes?
Our applications are currently closed for our vacation schemes. They will reopen in October 2017 for our 2018 vacation schemes.
Do you recruit on a rolling basis for the vacation scheme or will you wait until the deadlines to review applications?
We do recruit on a rolling basis and whilst we do read all vacation scheme applications that have been submitted up until the 15 January deadline, we would recommend that you look to apply earlier to give you the best chance of securing an assessment day with us. We will be running assessment days as early as the end of October so submitting early ensure we can come back to you quickly regarding your application.
Why is there no option to apply directly for a training contract?
We are recruiting for our trainees solely through our vacation scheme. To be considered you will need to apply for our vacation scheme, after which you will be considered for a training contract interview.
What method of application do you accept?
We only accept online applications via our website. Please note that CVs are not accepted as a means of application.
Do you accept applications from non-law undergraduates/graduates?
Yes, we welcome applications from undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates or career changers with any degree discipline. For those still at university we accept applications for our vacation scheme from penultimate and final year law students and final year non-law students.
Why have you opted for a vacation scheme only training contract? How do you ensure this attracts diverse candidates?
There are a few very important reasons for us moving to this route. Firstly, hiring a diverse group of candidates has always been extremely important for us and historically we have always been able to attract and recruit a vacation scheme intake that comprises of many different types of people, including university students, career changers, mature students, those with childcare responsibilities etc. all with varying life experiences and varying levels of legal experience. For example, in 2014 14% of our vac scheme intake were career changers and all of them subsequently received training contract offers.
Secondly, as a firm, we aren’t looking for students who are able to ‘ace’ an interview or an assessment day, we really want to get to know students, on the job, over a couple of weeks to ensure that they are the right fit for us and equally that we are what they are looking for as well.
Thirdly, over the past few years we, like many other firms have found that we hire almost all of our trainees through the vacation scheme. Meaning that when we reach the direct training contract applications we are faced with a large amount of applications but very few spots to offer.
For all of these reasons as well as others we have felt that the ‘vac scheme only route’ is the best way for us to progress with our training contract applications. We would like to make candidates aware that for those with extenuating circumstances we can be flexible with other date options etc. – these will be assessed on a case by case basis. We also provide accommodation for those who live outside of London and for whom commuting is not a viable option, again this will be assessed on a case by case basis. As with all our previous vacation schemes we pay the London living wage which currently equates to £341.25 a week.
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Do you accept applications from mature students and people who are changing career?
Yes, we accept applications from mature students and career changers.
Do you accept applications from candidates who need a work permit?
If you do not currently have permission to work in the UK please provide full details of how you intend to qualify for this so that we can consider whether or not it is possible for us to progress your application. We will look at each application on a case by case basis. Any offer will be conditional on your right to work in the UK.
What qualifications do I need?
Typically our applications will have a 2:1 degree minimum and ABB at A-Level, however we can be flexible with these and ultimately we look for the best candidates. Please don’t be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board.
I studied abroad, how do I enter my qualifications into the application form?
We appreciate that results obtained abroad are not always in the same format as UK qualifications; however you should enter your results into the form in the best way possible. Please enter results equivalent to GCSE, A Levels and Degree (if you studied these). Any explanation of your results should be written in the ‘Additional Information’ section under the academic results part of the form.
What is the recruitment process for your vacation scheme?
Candidates need to complete and submit their application form, after which it will be reviewed. If we see potential in your application form you will then be asked to complete a video interview. This is a recorded first round interview which will need to be carried out shortly after you receive the invite, however it can be done at any time of the day or night on most laptops, tablets and smartphones. Following the video interview, your recording will be reviewed, those that interview well will be invited to the final stage which is an assessment day at our office in London. The assessment day comprises of an interview and case study exercise.
Why have you opted for video interviewing this year?
Video interviewing allows you, the candidate, to complete the interview at a time and location which is convenient to you. Our previous use of telephone interviews could mean that candidates waited longer to be able to book a slot and that the times available were not always suitable. This way we can move you through our process more quickly without compromising on the quality of our recruitment process. This is the third year we are using video interviews and we received very positive feedback during the last recruitment round about this method.
What should I do if I have a disability or condition which prevents me from completing a video interview?
We want everyone to feel comfortable when completing our recruitment process. If you have a disability or condition that means a video interview isn’t suitable for you please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org once you receive your invite to interview. We will provide you with an alternative that better suits your needs.
What if I do not have the resources available to me to complete a video interview?
If you do not have the technology available to you to complete a video interview please email email@example.com explaining your situation and we will come back to you with another option.
When completing my application form, who should I address my covering letter to in my application & do I need to include my postal address?
Our covering letter has a word limit. Therefore we would recommend that you launch straight into your reasons for why you want to be a lawyer and why you want to practise law at Mishcon. You do not need to address the letter to a particular person at Mishcon de Reya, and you do not need to include your address.
What should I do if I am unable to attend any of the vacation scheme dates?
In certain circumstances we may be able to accommodate an ‘out of cycle’ vacation scheme. If you are unable to make any of the scheme dates please apply using the application form and explain your reasons for needing another date within the ‘additional information’ section of the form.
Will I hear from you if my application is unsuccessful?
Yes, we appreciate the time and effort you put into our application process, and we take the time to fully consider and respond to each application. It may take a while for the HR team to get back to you. Please be patient with us, we always endeavour to get back to candidates as soon as we can.
When can I expect to hear from you?
We aim to contact all applicants by the end of April 2017 to confirm the outcome of their application.
If I was unsuccessful for the vacation scheme, can I still apply for a training contract?
For the third year running we will not have a direct training contract application process. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the vacation scheme you will need to re-apply again the following year.
Do you sponsor GDL and LPC for those who receive Training Contract offers?
Yes, we provide full LPC and GDL funding, and a maintenance grant of £6,000 payable in the GDL and LPC year. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to make payments retrospectively for GDL and LPC courses which have already been commenced or completed at the time of a training contract offer.
Do you offer ad-hoc work experience placements outside of the vacation scheme and open days?
Due to the high level of demand for work experience, we are unable to accommodate requests outside of our formal programmes. We would encourage you to have a look at the details for our vacation schemes to see whether you can apply for one of these
Do you take on paralegals? If so, how can I be considered for a paralegal position?
We recruit paralegals on a rolling basis throughout the year, as and when the need arises. Please visit our current vacancies page on the firm website: http://www.mishcon.com/join_us/vacancies
When do your vacation schemes run?
We run three vacation schemes per year, one is Spring and two over the Summer. The dates for these programmes are below:
Spring: 3 – 13 April 2017
Summer 1: 3 – 14 July 2017
Summer 2: 17 – 28 July 2017
What is the structure of the vacation schemes?
Our Spring and Summer schemes run for two weeks, you will spend each week in a different department, allowing you to compare two areas of legal work. In previous schemes our students have been given drafting to complete, attend client meetings, been present at court, completed research and assisted our Partners and fee-earners with a whole host of other tasks. We aim to give our vacation scheme students a taste of what trainee life at Mishcon is life.
On your first day you will attend a half day induction to give you further information about the rest of your programme and receive training on our IT systems. You will also get to meet our current trainees. During your second week you will also attend a training contract assessment day.
We hold social events on a couple of the evenings to allow you to get to know each other out of the office. Those attending the Summer schemes are also invited to the Mishcon firmwide Summer party.
What support do I receive whilst on the vacation scheme?
Whilst you are on the Mishcon vacation scheme you will have a trainee buddy, as well as a supervisor.
Your trainee buddy may well have come through the vacation scheme themselves not too long ago and is the best person to ask about what it is like to be a trainee at Mishcon. We want you to get to know our current trainees and this a great way to do so.
Your supervisor is normally Associate level and they will be responsible for allocating your work and being your main point of contact during your time in their department.
How do you decide which vacation scheme participants are invited back for a training contract interview?
Whilst you are sitting in our departments your supervisor will allocate work and provide feedback on how you have gotten on, during your second week with us you will also attend an assessment day. Feedback from both your departmental work and your assessment day will inform the decision as to whether you will be bought back for a training contract interview.
Will I receive a salary during the scheme?
Yes, we pay the current London Living Wage which is £9.75 per hour and equates to £341.25 per week.
Will I have to pay tax on this amount?
The amount of tax that you pay will depend upon your tax position (i.e. whether or not you are currently a student or whether you have been working etc). Before you join you will be provided with the relevant tax forms, but guidance should be sought by you from your local tax office.
How many training contracts do you typically offer each year?
Once our vacation scheme students have completed their programme with us they are considered for a training contract interview. When these have taken place we usually offer approximately 15 training contracts each year.