There is no better way to experience Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner than to join us on one of our vacation schemes. We run two summer vacation schemes in London which are two weeks in length, we typically take 15 students per scheme. In our Hong Kong office we run two month-long internships each year and take 6 students per scheme.
Our two-week London Vacation Schemes give you the chance to gain some first-hand experience of life at BCLP and the work we do. You'll be very much part of the team, doing live work, and getting involved in everything from research and client meetings to court runs and presentations. (Recent topics have included advising a charity on how they could help prevent the use of the death penalty in Sri Lanka, and delivering a mock M&A pitch to a client.) You'll also get to attend a series of partner-led talks and workshops which we try to keep very interactive throughout.
It is very much the same in Hong Kong and we want you to learn about the firm as well as the culture that we pride ourselves on. There will be client meetings and talks lead by Partners where you can learn about the different practice areas and ask them questions. We also ask our Hong Kong interns to present at the monthly ‘In the Know’ sessions where BCLP trainees and associates usually give presentations on hot topics relevant to their departments and the legal sector as a whole.
For all of our vacation schemes you are allocated buddies from your department, you will have exposure with trainees, senior associates and partners who will be on hand to answer any questions that you have.
It isn’t just all work and no play, our schemes have a real social element so that you can network with fee earners from across the business. We have speed networking lunches, external evening events, CSR days and in Hong Kong you might even be treated to Yoga on a Friday with happy hour drinks and ping pong tournaments.
Scheme dates, eligibility, application questions and hints and tips for the assessment centre can all be found on our graduate recruitment website.