Simmons launches work placements for freshers

Simmons & Simmons has created a pioneering new spring vacation scheme for first year law students in a bid to “cultivate” talented candidates ahead of its rivals.

The week-long programme, which was initially run twice over March and April this year, is also aimed at penultimate non-law students. Most firms typicallyoffer vacation placements to penultimate year law and final year non-law students.

Graduate recruitment manager Anna King said: “We’ve run this scheme because we want to build relationships with the very best students early in their studies and there’s not really an opportunity for first year law or second year non law students currently in the market. The students on our placement this year were very impressive and our aim is to cultivate our relationship with them over the next 12 months and ultimately recruit them into the firm.”

The 18 students who took part in the placement this year got to participate in a negotiation competition as well as work shadowing and a “speed-dating style” quiz, where they had a certain amount of time to question niche departments on what they did.

The process for the firm’s 2011 spring vacation scheme will open from 1 November 2010 and successful candidates will be asked to attend a 45-minute interview.