Summer Vacation Programme

If you are in your second or final year of a law degree, studying for your Graduate Diploma in Law or the Legal Practice Course, and are looking for an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience, our Summer Vacation Programme is perfect for you.

In 2022, we are holding a virtual Summer Vacation Day in place of the two-week in-person programme. We are hoping to be able to return to an in-person programme in 2023.

When can I apply for the Summer Vacation Day?

Applications for our 2022 programme are now open, with a closing date of 3rd June 2022. Apply by downloading this form.

When will the Summer Vacation Day take place?

Our virtual Summer Vacation Day will take place on 14th July 2022.

What happens during the Summer Vacation Day?

In 2022, we will be following the structure of our successful virtual Summer Vacation Day held in 2021.

We will offer up to 20 students a place on our virtual one-day programme.

You will spend time with our Board members, then each department will have a session to talk to you about what their job looks like. After each talk, you will visit a virtual breakout room to discuss a scenario you will have been sent before the day. There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions.

Later in the day, you will hear from our previous and current Trainee Solicitors, who will give you some hints and tips and a real insight into what a training contract looks like at Barcan+Kirby.

How is the Summer Vacation Programme structured?

In 2023, we hope to return to our in-person Summer Vacation Programme.

This bespoke two-week programme allows you to spend time in each of our departments across a number of our offices located around Bristol. You will gain experience in all areas of law we cover, giving you a real insight into what it is really like to work for a mid-sized legal practice.

Day one

On your first day, you will have a group induction which will provide you with an overview of the firm structure, information on the work undertaken by each department and an insight into the inner workings of a mid-sized legal practice.

You will also be provided with your programme timetable and be allocated a designated colleague who will look after you during your time with us.

During the programme

Throughout the programme you will be asked to complete work on live matters, ensuring that you are gaining the best possible experience during your time with us.

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to complete a number of tasks associated with each department, which we hope will enhance your understanding of each area of law and help you to better understand the area of law you are most passionate about.

You will also be asked to complete a research task in preparation for a presentation at the end of the programme.

At the end of the programme

At the end of the programme, you will present the findings of your research task to a select group of colleagues who will offer you advice and guidance on your presentation, in addition to HR providing you with detailed feedback gained throughout your time with us.

What previous candidates have said about the programme

“I particularly enjoyed the case study exercises and being able to work through these exercises with an expert in each of the fields. It was really helpful to get a feel for the broad range of areas that your firm covers and the type of cases that you deal with day to day.”

“I found it useful to hear about your firm’s culture and the activities that you get involved with. This helped solidify that you are the type of company that I would want to work for.”

“I particularly enjoyed the individual talks from each department as this gave us an invaluable insight into the type of work your firm does. I also thought the scenario breakout rooms was a great way to get us to participate and think of questions.”

“The most enjoyable aspect of the day was having the opportunity to go through case studies with the Associates. It was great being able to discuss how they would approach these situations, and showed me that law is definitely the career for me.”

“The most useful area was being able to hear from the Trainees. Since completing my LPC, I have found it difficult to know where to start with regards to kick-starting my career and the Trainees were really helpful in providing me with an overview of the process, some tips on applications and also what I need to do next.”

“Everyone was so warm and welcoming so the day did not feel forced at all.”

“It was wonderful to work in all the different offices and see how the ethos and culture of the firm is the same across the sites.”

“It has opened up areas of law I hadn’t considered.”

Further information

Applications for our 2022 programme are open. You can download the application form here.

If you have any queries in relation to the Summer Vacation Day or Programme, please call our HR team on 0117 325 2929 or email us.

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