Summer Vacation Scheme
What better way to experience working life in a global law firm than attending our Summer Vacation Scheme.
You will step into the shoes of a trainee at Ashurst while spending time getting to know our practice groups over the course of 3 weeks. This opportunity allows you to learn more about the work we do, the clients we work with and most importantly, you get to experience Ashurst culture.
Our scheme will build your skills and knowledge and you will find no two days will be the same. A core part of our Summer Scheme is the opportunity to rotate through two different practice groups to build your experience in different areas of law.
What we can offer you
Guaranteed Training Contract interview
We guarantee all Vacation Scheme participants the opportunity to interview for a Training Contract with two of our partners at the end of your scheme.
You will be allocated work and be supervised by one of expert qualified lawyers who will provide you with stimulating on the job tasks. We will also match you with a mentor who can support you and offer guidance.
Learning and Development
Through our induction sessions, practical workshops, team building events and networking opportunities you will develop and hone the key skills needed to be a successful trainee.
You will be paid £450 per week.
The recruitment process
Applications are open to finalists and graduates of all degree disciplines, as well as penultimate year law students. To qualify, you should be on track to achieve a 2.1 in your undergraduate degree.
If you haven't met this criteria and there are mitigating circumstances, there will be an opportunity for you to provide us with this information on your application.
Our online application form allows you to showcase your talent, your passion for the industry and your knowledge of our firm. You will have the opportunity to share your insights into the legal industry and more details about yourself.
You cannot apply for both a vacation scheme and a training contract in the same recruitment window. We would ask that you only apply for one opportunity during the recruitment window. If you complete a vacation scheme with us, you will be interviewed for a training contract at the end of the scheme.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an invitation within 7 days to complete three online ability tests.
Cognify – will require you to complete a series of online games measuring your problem solving and analytical skills.
Values Fit – helps us to identify candidates who have similar values to Ashurst and our people. This assessment looks at key work factors and the importance you give each one, ensuring the best cultural fit for both yourself and Ashurst.
Emotify – will require you to complete two games measuring your interpersonal skills, leadership potential and capability.
Please ensure you complete the tests within 3 days of receiving them. We are unable to offer any extensions for candidates who do not complete these on time. To find out more information on what the tests entail and how you can prepare, please visit here.
If your initial application is successful, you will complete a written case study online which will be facilitated by a member of our Early Careers team, designed to test your analytical and problem solving skills.
You will then join us in our London office to take part in a competency based interview with a HR representative and associate/senior associate from one of our practice areas.
You will have the opportunity to meet with our current trainees and take part in an office
We are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions. If you consider yourself to have a disability or a long-term health condition, please feel able to be open about this at any point during the recruitment process. If you are not sure what adjustments you require, we will work with you to establish the most suitable adjustments at each stage of the recruitment process. Please note that our online application form includes a section which allows you to advise us of any extenuating circumstances that are relevant for us to consider when reviewing your application form.
If you would like to talk to a member of the team in relation to any queries you may have on your disability or long-term health condition and the recruitment process, please get in touch. Any information disclosed on your disability will remain strictly confidential.
Applications for our Summer 24 Vacation Scheme have now closed. We will open applications for Summer 25 in October 24.
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Come and meet us!
Join us for a series of interactive webinars and workshops to learn more about life at Ashurst.
Ashurst in Action – Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging
25 January 2024 | 12.00 - 13.00 | How to apply
Ashurst in Action – How to build your commercial awareness
30 January 2024 | 12.00 - 13.00 | How to apply
Ashurst in Action – Meet Ashurst's Black Network
7 February 2024 | 12.00 - 13.00 | How to apply
Ashurst in Action – Practice Group Showcase – Global Loans and Global Markets
15 February 2024 | 12.00 - 13.00 | How to apply
Ashurst in Action – Meet our Trainees
23 February 2024 | 12.00 - 13.00 | How to apply
Ashurst in Action – Meet the Early Careers Team
29 February 2024 | 12.00 - 13.15 | How to apply
Commercial Awareness and Legal Tech
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Commercial Awareness and Legal Tech
Commercial Awareness is a crucial skill when it comes to interviews and assessment centres. However, it needs to be grown organically so that you are able to use your commercial awareness practically and genuinely. It can seem daunting to try and understand how industries and businesses work and what is going on in the world, with the aim of being able to discuss and analyse it. Therefore, it is best to build your commercial awareness from the ground up. One way to do this is by narrowing down the field of view.
My advice on doing this is always to identify a topic you are interested in. For me, it was technology. I took Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at A(S)-Level and had always loved learning about developments in the technology sector. I naturally always clicked on the Technology/Business tab on BBC news before I started thinking about 'commercial awareness'. For me, my interest in technology helped me to organically grow my commercial awareness. I started to think about how the law would adapt to developments in technology such as 'where would uncertainty lie for companies utilising crypto assets' and 'do we need a new form of IP right to protect AI-devised inventions'? Finding a topic like this is a great base line to start at, if you are stuck on where to begin (it can range from climate change to football!).
Whenever reading an article relating to the topic, I would dissect the information. Go back to basics and think:
- Who are the parties involved?
- What does each party want in the situation? How would you advise them to reach their goal?
- What are the risks in the current market impacting each party?
- Does the current market provide a party with potential advantages/benefits?
- What are the social, political and legal issues?
This can help you to start to think holistically about factors that can impact law firms and their clients.
This does not have to come from specialist newspapers like the Financial Times (although I would advise the end goal to be to at least be able to discuss your basic views on recent news covered in the Financial Times). Read the kind of news you can read or listen to on the way to University and be able to genuinely engage with it.
Engaging with the material can mean that:
- If there is any terminology you do not understand, start to compile a spreadsheet, add in these terms, a basic definition and an example of how it is used.
- You are thinking about which departments in Ashurst would get potentially get involved, based on the information you have read from an article.
- You are thinking about what commercial topic is being discussed in the material. How does it link to other material you have read during the same week - from any sector?
Starting with this base allowed me to build a foundational understanding of how businesses and the market work. It made it easier to be pro-active and delve into deeper research and analysis. This lead me to learning more about the finance sector, and now I am sat in a Banking seat, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
It is important to follow news you can genuinely engage with in a consistent manner - developments can happen rapidly and the consistency will help you grow your commercial awareness. There is no point referencing a particular issue/deal/development in your application and not being able to discuss it weeks later at an interview either because a) you are not actually interested and b) you have not kept up with the latest developments in the area or market conditions that may have impacted your analysis.
What is Legal Tech?
Legal Technology is often used to refer to the use of technology and software applications to provide legal services, such as digital products designed to help lawyers carry out their legal work more efficiently.
For me, there are two streams in relation to the commonly discussed overlay between law and technology.
The first is the utilisation of new technology that requires law firms to guide their clients through the developing legal landscape. For example, 2022 has seen a tightening of crypto-regulation as unregulated crypto-assets are being brought within the scope of the financial promotion regime. There is also uncertainty where the regulatory environment has not been developed, requiring lawyers to act as trusted advisors to navigate their client. I often read Law Commission reports/summary reports relating to topics such as Smart Contracts and Digital Assets to see how the legal landscape may be developing and where gaps of uncertainty may lie for clients.
There are many resources online that report on this exciting area as well as events that are accessible to students/aspiring trainee solicitors. A great place to start is the Ashurst website, especially the Ashurst Advance section, and skimming through the Insights/Briefings as well as publicly available Ashurst podcasts. You can then follow up and research areas of your interest that the article has flagged.
Legal Tech – Law Firms and their Clients
The second is the use of technology as a driving factor that is transforming the way law firms operate and offer services to their clients. COVID-19 has accelerated the uptake of technology in Legal Practice. During 2020, the HM Land Registry began temporarily accepting electronic signatures for registration transfers and other deeds, a decade after the Law Society Note advocated a prudent approach to the virtual execution of documents! Remote working and collaborative technology is now arguably a core part of Legal Practice.
Ashurst is a leading, forward-thinking global law firm. During COVID-19, the required embrace of remote execution of legal documents caused the need for policies and guidance on the use of e-signature applications. Ashurst's Legal Technologists worked with the Expertise and Knowledge teams to help create an e-signature/DocuSign policy for the UK. Ashurst is committed to thinking digital first in how we serve our clients with innovation laying at the heart of the firm. Ashurst Advance is Ashurst's exceptional full service NewLaw offering , developing digital products such as Ashurst Privilege Plus, an app that provides a steer to whether a document is covered by legal privilege or not and whether privilege may have been lost. These digital products and solutions help meet clients' needs for cost-effective and efficiency-driven legal service delivery.
The firm is also utilising technology in relation to learning and training, such as Ashurst's Emerging Talent Hub, a digital way to gain an excellent insight in Ashurst.
"I would encourage every applicant to consider attending Ashurst's Summer Vacation Scheme. There is no substitute for sitting in the practice areas and working side by side with our lawyers for those with aspirations of becoming a solicitor. There is a wealth of knowledge to be had; from the everyday cultural experience of working at Ashurst to an appreciation of how our lawyers service clients in each practice area or industry."
"The thing that attracted me most was the firm's culture and people. I was also attracted by the importance the firm puts on corporate social responsibility, especially through its pro bono scheme since that was something incredibly meaningful to me in a future employer. Everyone I'd encountered at Ashurst at that point had been so welcoming, warm, and accommodating and I felt like I wanted a greater insight into what it would be like to work there. There seemed to me to be a culture of uplifting and encouraging other people and I definitely found that to be true during the vacation scheme."
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