Vacation Schemes

The majority of Skadden’s training contracts in our London office are offered to our vacation scheme students. Our vacation scheme programme provides students with a first-hand experience of working on “real-life” global transactions with a diverse client base. It also provides insight into the working culture and atmosphere of Skadden. Each student is paired with an associate supervisor and trainee liaison who are tasked with identifying substantive work assignments.

Program Overview

Our vacation scheme students are offered the option to practice in a single area and, in most cases, we are able to accommodate this. However, most vacation-scheme students spend their time in two different practice areas, allowing for greater exposure to our work. Students participate in a series of training workshops and insight sessions focused on current matters, which aids their professional development and provides a first-hand perspective from Skadden lawyers on the broad range of matters we handle.

Start Your Path

To secure a training contract position at Skadden, we strongly encourage you to pursue a vacation scheme. We look for a record of outstanding academic achievements, including a minimum of a 2:1 at degree level or equivalent and a keen interest in corporate law and/or litigation and international arbitration. We hold vacation placement selection days in January or February for both our Easter and summer vacation schemes.

Please visit our firm representatives at the following campus law fairs in 2019:

  • Cambridge Law Fair – Thursday 24th October 2019
  • Kings Law Fair – Wednesday 23rd October 2019
  • UCL Law Fair – Tuesday 29th October 2019 
  • LSE Law Fair – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
  • Oxford Law Fair – Saturday 9th November 2019
  • Manchester Law Fair - Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Durham Law Fair – Wednesday 20th November 2019


For more information on the location and timing of the law fairs, please refer to your campus careers service.

The application window opens on 1 October 2019. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2020.