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Summer Vacation Scheme

Our latest law fair giveaway

How useful are branded post-it notes, key rings or notebooks? To reduce the amount of waste which careers fairs bring, we have decided to giveaway something which we believe is truly useful instead – paid work experience. 

As our ‘giveaway’ at law fairs this year, we are committing to offering at least one place on our Summer Vacation Scheme at every university law fair we attend in autumn (as listed below). This will include our online open evenings for those who cannot attend the in-person events.

What is the Summer Vacation Scheme?

This week-long paid placement at one of our offices will provide you with first-hand experience at Weightmans.

You will be allocated a buddy for the week and be invited to attend training and skills workshops, which have been designed to develop your understanding of how the business works and what life as a solicitor is like at Weightmans.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an undergraduate student who is interested in becoming a solicitor. This is from first year for law students and second year for non-law students.
  • You speak to a member of our team at a law fair listed below or attend our online open evening.
  • You are available w/c 11 June 2024.
  • You must have right to work in the UK. This scheme does not qualify for Visa sponsorship.

How do you apply?

  • Find us at one of the events listed further down this page and talk to a member of the team.
  • We will give you a code which you need to enter on an online form.
  • You will then be sent a link to a short application form.
  • We will be in touch to everybody who applies by the end of February 2024 at the very latest.
  • We will select applicants based on the content of their application form and at least one person from each event will be offered a place.

Where we will be:

Law fairs & careers fairs (to attend, please contact the university or organisation directly):

Tuesday 10 October – Legal Cheek (online)

Tuesday 10 October – Edge Hill University

Thursday 12 October – University of Leicester

Wednesday 18 October – University of Liverpool

Wednesday 18 October – BPP (online)

Tuesday 24 October – De Montford University

Wednesday 25 October – University of Salford

Monday 30 October – University of Nottingham

Tuesday 31 October – University of Northumbria

Wednesday 8 November – University of Birmingham

Wednesday 8 November – University of Leeds

Wednesday 29 November – Liverpool John Moores University

Want us to attend your university careers fair? Get in touch at

Open Evenings

Thursday 14 December – 12noon–1pm - Online Virtual Open Evening

Thursday 4 January – 4.30pm–5.30pm - Online Virtual Open Evening


Please email to register for our online open evenings.

What our clients say

Participant feedback
"The Summer Vacation Scheme was a great opportunity to get to experience first-hand the culture of the firm and as a result really solidified my aspirations to secure a role as a trainee solicitor at Weightmans."
Participant feedback
"I have learnt a lot to significantly improve my commercial awareness and understand how a law firm works as a business."
Participant feedback
"My week on the Summer Vacation Scheme was everything I was hoping for and more: engaging, insightful and a great learning opportunity and I am extremely grateful to have had such an amazing opportunity to experience the firm."