We believe that it is vitally important that our trainees join a firm which 'feels right' for them. We therefore run our Vacation Scheme to provide them with an insight into the way Boodle Hatfield operates and what it would be like for them to work here.
What can I expect?
The Scheme will give you a taster of life at Boodle Hatfield. You will spend time working with partners, fee earners and trainees, which will allow you to gain an understanding of how a legal working environment operates and to see the different types of work that we undertake at Boodle Hatfield.
The scheme is designed to allow you to get the best out of your placement: you will experience work in two separate departments and sit alongside our fee-earners in the office. You may be involved in carrying out research for a client, you may also be taken to client meetings, be given a chance to meet counsel as well as create bundles. One vacation scheme student even co-authored an article during their vacation scheme in 2019.
Boodle Hatfield is proud to be a place that clients come to for trusted advice across a range of personal and professional matters when the time arises. To give you the first hand opportunity to see how broad and bespoke our services and in depth legal expertise are, you will work on five interactive case studies, one set by each department, during your vacation scheme.
We also want you to have the chance to really get to know us. We therefore organise some social activities during the two weeks with people in the firm so you can experience the social side of the firm. Typically this will include dinner and drinks with trainees, an activity such as crazy golf and a lunch with the partners and other trainees.
In 2020 we were really proud to host our first ever virtual vacation scheme, which came about as a result of the pandemic social distancing restrictions and our commitment to offer an exceptional learning experience despite the circumstances. We made sure that we delivered the same core elements of our traditional vacation scheme, such as introducing our students to the firm, the different departments and people at all levels across the firm. We also wanted to re-create the experiences they would have had in the office so we ran a social event, delivered and facilitated practical case studies and skills sessions. Our students even have the opportunity to network 1:1 with our Senior Partner whilst they were with us.
We were delighted to return to an in-person vacation scheme in 2022, we took the developments and some of the adaptations from the last few years and embedded them into our 2022 vacation scheme which was a great success. Departmental case studies and sessions designed to help our students understand law firms as commercial businesses are just some of the elements that were introduced and are now here to stay.
The aim of our vacation scheme has always been to give students a really clear picture of who we are as a firm, what we do, who our clients are and what it would be like to train and ultimately continue a career at Boodle Hatfield. We are also committed to give students meaningful experiences and develop skills that will help them start their career in law, whether that is at Boodle Hatfield or elsewhere.
Find out more about what our vacation scheme students get up to.
How to apply
Interested in a starting your career at Boodle Hatfield? Read more about the firms trainee recruitment process here.