Vacation Scheme

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately we will not be operating our vacation scheme in 2021. 

We would like to thank all applicants for the time taken to complete and submit applications for this year and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Opportunities for the 2022 scheme will be published here towards the end of 2021.

Frequently asked questions about the scheme:

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the vacation scheme if you are a graduate, penultimate or final year student studying law or any other degree. We do not offer any other work experience placements at this time.

How do I apply?

The application process for the vacation scheme consists of an application form followed by a first and second round of interviews. Applications should be made using the application form here. This should then be emailed to vacscheme.applications@smab.co.uk.

Please note we do not accept CVs, covering letters or applications sent by post. Only information on the application form will be considered. If you are currently studying or working abroad, we may be able to offer you a video or telephone interview if successful at the application stage.

Does the vacation scheme form part of the training contract application process?

While there is some overlap between the vacation scheme and training contract applications, the vacation scheme does not itself form part of the training contract application process.

What skills and attributes do I need to have?

We value diversity and we consider each application on its own merits. We look for candidates with a positive attitude, strong communication skills, problem solving ability business awareness and an interest in the firm. We would also expect to see a record of strong academic performance.

Will I be paid?

We do not pay our vacation scheme students but we do cover reasonable expenses for travel (within the UK) to London at the start of the scheme and from London at the end of the scheme. Daily travel will also be covered within Zones 1-9. Should you require any financial assistance to enable you to undertake the scheme please feel free to contact the vacation scheme team. Any requests will be treated confidentially.

When will I hear if I have been successful?

Applications open on 1 December and close on 15 March each year (excluding 2021 due to Covid-19). We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the 15 March deadline has passed. Interviews are usually held in May. We will notify all candidates of the outcome of their application.

What if I have a disability?

If you have a disability and require adjustments or support throughout the recruitment process please contact us so that we can arrange any support required.

If you have any further questions or enquiries please contact us on vacscheme.applications@smb.co.uk.