Find the right start for me

Every journey is unique and you’ll draw out your own route to what you want to achieve. But law or non-law student, first year or final, you need to know where to begin. Select your options from the scheme tool, and we’ll give you an outline of where you should start with us.

Which scheme is for you?

Are you an undergraduate or postgraduate student?

Are you studying for a law or non-law degree?

Are you studying for a law or non-law degree?

Open days

Want to get a peek beyond the doors of our international firm? Our Open Days are a good place to start. Visit our London or Bristol offices, meet some of the team and, over a day of workshops and presentations, you’ll find out more about the firm, our culture, and our opportunities.

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Spring Insight Scheme

Uncover the world of law for the first time with two days at our offices. This scheme – designed for first year law students and for first year and penultimate non-law students – provides a full schedule of interactive sessions, workshops, social events, and practical legal experience.

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Vacation schemes

Start to get under the surface of what it’s like to be a trainee lawyer, with our paid vacation schemes. We offer three different schemes, two in London and one in Bristol, and each is tailored to students at different stages. Through them, you’ll find your best chance to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. That’s why these schemes are also your best route to a training contract with us, with many vacation schemers returning as trainees.

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Winter vacation scheme

Designed for final year students and graduates of all degree disciplines, our winter vacation scheme offers a week at our firm’s London offices. There, you’ll be matched with a trainee and supervised by one of our partners or associates, supporting you to uncover the world of law. Throw yourself into this full programme of social events and work experience, and you’ll get a taste for our firm and the work we do, from research to drafting, meetings to departmental training.

Pay for the week is £375, and the scheme takes place from 10-14 December 2018.


Summer vacation scheme

In London, our summer vacation scheme is open to penultimate year and final year students and graduates of all degree disciplines. On this two-week experience, you’ll find a deeper understanding of the world of law, and you’ll leave feeling part of our team. With a trainee buddy and a supervising partner or associate on hand, you’ll be a part of working life at the firm, attending social events, doing vital research and drafting work, and even meeting with clients. It’s a packed schedule, including experience across two different departments, but by the end, you’ll have a strong sense of whether we’re right for you – and you for us.

Pay per week is £375, and the scheme dates are:
Scheme intake 1: 24 June - 05 July 2019
Scheme intake 2: 08 - 19 July 2019


Summer vacation scheme

At our Bristol offices, the summer vacation scheme is open to penultimate year law students, final year students, and graduates looking to pursue a long-term career in Bristol. The scheme lasts for one week, helping you come to understand the legal sphere and what it really means to be part of our team. We’ll assign you a trainee and a supervising partner or associate, and through everything from work experience to events to skill sessions, you’ll be part of working life at the firm. It’s a busy week, but if you take advantage of every opportunity, you’ll gain a strong sense of whether we’re right for you – and you for us.

Pay per week is £325, and the scheme will take place from 17 - 21 June 2019.

To find out more about life at our Bristol offices, click here

Training contracts

This is it: the start of your full-time career with Simmons & Simmons. We offer our training contracts in both London and Bristol, and either way, you’ll join a two-year programme where our teams will teach you everything they know about the world of law. With four seats – that’s six-month stints in different practice areas - you’ll find out where your interests lie, and with the help of our unique Compass training programme, you’ll work your way up to qualifying as an associate with us. There’s a lot packed into your training contract, so we’ve created a full career journey to help you understand what’s involved and what the benefits are.