Vacation scheme

Tees’ award-winning vacation scheme provides a first-hand look into what it’s like to work at a top UK 200 law firm. This page sets out our selection criteria, application deadlines and what to expect during your placement.

What is the Vacation Scheme?

Every year, we welcome talented students and graduates for a week’s placement on our vacation scheme. It’s your chance to get to know us and about working in a modern law firm.

It’s also our chance to get to know you and we regularly invite vacation scheme candidates to join our training contract assessment process.

How the Vacation Scheme works

The vacation scheme runs for one week during the first two weeks of July, and is open to:

  • Second and third year undergraduates
  • Graduates
  • Students/graduates of the LPC or GDL  

During your placement, you’ll get to work on real cases and will work in two or three different departments. You’ll get to see the range of the firm’s work and talk to experienced solicitors about what it’s like to work in their field. 

We are looking for candidates with: 

  • At least 320 UCAS points (ABB at A Level or equivalent)
  • A keen and genuine interest in applying to Tees for a training contract
  • A personable and ambitious nature
  • Interests both related and unrelated to the law
  • Commercial awareness
  • A sense of humour!

During the week, you will be invited for lunch with some of our current trainees. We will reimburse any travel expenses up to £50.

Vacation Scheme Application Deadlines

The deadline for each summer is the preceding 31 March and interviews are normally conducted in April. 

The deadline for our 2019 summer vacation scheme therefore is 31 March 2019. Applications by covering letter addressed to Helen Midgley with CV should be sent to:

Applying for a Training Contract at Tees

Vacation schemes are a great way of deciding to which firms you would like to apply for a training contract, and Tees’ vacation scheme is no exception. During your placement, you’ll have the chance to chat with our current trainees about life as a trainee solicitor here.

Our training contract consists of four seats of six months in different departments at one of our five offices. Trainees work in supportive teams and are supervised by either a Partner or Senior Associate. We actively encourage our trainees to get involved in marketing, networking, training and social events hosted by the firm.  The environment is an enthusiastic and friendly one and trainees have regular meetings with their supervisors.

At Tees, we support our trainees and their progression through the firm.  Some of our previous trainees include:

Matt Hasler – Family Solicitor at Tees 
Chris Claxton-Shirley – Wills Tax Trusts and Probate Solicitor at Tees 
Sarah Baber – Wills Tax Trusts and Probate Associate at Tees
Sally Powell – Family Partner at Tees
David Miller – Commercial Property Partner at Tees


Apply now

The deadline for our 2019 summer vacation scheme is 31 March 2019.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter by email to Helen Midgley by clicking the button below.

0800 013 1165