Vacation Schemes

Skadden’s training contracts are offered to students who participate in our vacation placement programme. Our vacation scheme programme provides students with a first-hand experience of working on 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 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

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 spring and summer vacation schemes.

Click here for an online application.

The application window opens on 1 October 2021. The deadline for applications is 20 December 2021.

Our 2022 vacation schemes will take place during the following weeks:

  • 28 March to 8 April 2022
  • 13 to 24 June 2022
  • 27 June to 8 July 2022

If you would like to be kept updated with information about the graduate events the London office will be hosting in October and November 2021, please email

Should you require any reasonable adjustment with regard to any part of our application process, please contact Mathieu Pinto Cardoso, Graduate Recruitment Manager, via email: