The DWF vacation scheme takes place in June, dates of which depend on location. If you are in your penultimate or final year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or a graduate of any degree discipline then you are eligible to apply. Applications will be open from September until January, and you must make an online application via our application portal, Apply4Law. The business recruits the majority of its trainees through the vacation scheme, so it's a good opportunity to get ahead and see why DWF is the right business for you. The two-week vacation scheme gives you the chance to work with partners, associates and trainees across two different practice groups. You'll work on live legal matters and will be given responsibility right from the start. This is combined with a variety of internal workshops and presentations, helping you understand DWF as a business. You'll also complete a group project that's designed to aid your professional development and provide you with some of the essential skills of a successful commercial lawyer. As well as gaining fantastic experience, you'll also be paid reasonably for your time on the vacation scheme. Please note that if you apply for a vacation scheme, you will automatically be considered for a training contract commencing in 2023.
At DWF, we use our values to help define and reinforce our culture, enabling us to recruit, retain and develop the highest quality people. This is reflected in our training contract, where our future trainees are made to feel part of the DWF team from the initial offer. Once within the business, our trainees get a high level of responsibility in terms of legal work, exposure to business development and CSR. Many of our trainees have the opportunity to undertake a client secondment. There are opportunities to learn from leading legal, technical and sector experts, and all our trainees are supported to go beyond their full potential with a range of training, practical day-to-day working and in-house learning and workshops. The deadline to apply directly for a training contract is 25 June 2021 for training contracts commencing in 2023.