Vacation schemes are often lauded as a natural step into a law career, often coming with the promise of consideration for a training contract. It could be your foot in the door... but what if your vacation scheme makes you realise that law isn't for you?
If that's the case, then it's probably more important that you do a vacation scheme than someone 100% sure on law. Training to be a solicitor is tough and competitive, and if it's not what you want, you're in for a difficult few years.
Doing a vacation scheme will still be useful if you decide to follow a different career path. The skills that you learn working in a law firm for two weeks are highly sought after in professional services, banking and finance, media and more.
Perhaps your vacation scheme will confirm your interest in law, but you'll decide that the type of firm you worked at or the areas of practice you experienced aren't for you. This, too, is positive. Law is an incredibly broad sector, and two weeks on a vacation scheme can be useful in figuring out what you do and don't want from your legal career.
So if you're not 100% sold on law—or you think you are and want to put it to the test—a vacation scheme will be an asset.
There's still time to apply for 2020 vacation schemes.