Freshfields expands foreign seat offering on vac scheme

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is bolstering the number of international opportunities on offer to its summer vacation scheme students by adding Madrid and Washington to its six-strong worldwide destinations.

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

The news follows the magic circle firm’s vacation scheme going global last year, offering a week abroad to all those enrolled on the three-week London vacation scheme (29 April 2010).

Graduate recruitment partner Simon Johnson said: “We added an international element to our scheme to ensure students do enough, hear enough and meet enough of us to form an opinion about whether they really want a career in law and a career at an international firm such as Freshfields.”

The international vacation schemes were initially offered for six destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris and New York.

The firm currently runs three sets of three-week vacation schemes from the end of June each year, taking on around 60 students. Candidates are picked for Freshfields’ international seats after submitting a written application.

Last year six candidates from each vacation scheme were given the opportunity to spend an extra week at the end of their initial placement in one of the firm’s chosen foreign offices, where they were mentored by a designated trainee or junior associate.