Opportunities

Find the right scheme for you

Every journey at Simmons & Simmons is unique, and soon you’ll be setting out what you want to achieve with us. But first you need to find the right scheme for you. Select your options from our tool, and discover where you should start.

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 step beyond the doors of our international firm? Our open days are a good place to start. Visit our London or Bristol offices for a day of workshops and presentations. You’ll get to meet our team, get to grips with what a legal career is all about, and learn about the firm, our culture, and our opportunities.

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Spring Insight Scheme

Discover what it’s really like to be a Simmons & Simmons lawyer. Join us for two days for a packed schedule of events and workshops, as well as the opportunity to shadow a trainee. You’ll participate in interactive sessions, gain practical legal experience, and meet like-minded people at our social events.

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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. You’ll learn more about our firm, so you can work out how you fit into our world, and how we fit into yours. These schemes are the most popular route to a training contract with us – many vacation schemers return as trainees.

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London

Winter vacation scheme

Join us for a week at our London offices. There, you’ll be matched with a trainee and supervised by one of our partners or associates. 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, and meetings to departmental training. 

Pay for the week is £375, and the scheme takes place from 9 - 13 December 2019.

Open to final-year students and graduates of all degree disciplines.

London

Summer vacation scheme

This two-week experience will give you a deeper understanding of our world, 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. You’ll attend social events, do vital research and drafting work, and even meet 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 for the week is £375, and the schemes takes place from 22 June – 3 July and 6 July – 17 July 2020.

Open to penultimate-year and final-year students and graduates of all degree disciplines.

Bristol

Summer vacation scheme

Join us for one week and learn 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 for the week is £325, and the scheme takes place from 15 – 19 June 2020

Open to penultimate-year law students, all final-year students, and graduates looking to pursue a long-term career in Bristol.

Evolve Placement Year

The world of law is evolving. Fast. Can you help keep us at the forefront of our industry? Our Evolve placement gives you the platform you need. You’ll work with our lawyers and innovation teams to explore how we can embed emerging technologies across our business. What’s more, you’ll gain exposure to some of the most visionary companies who we call our clients. An inquisitive mind and an interest in a legal career are a must for this unique opportunity.

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Training contracts

This is the start of your full-time career with Simmons & Simmons. Join us in London or Bristol to access a two-year programme, and an unexpected legal career. With four seats – that’s six-month stints in different practice areas – you’ll soon 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 how it will benefit you.

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