The SOAS Law Society and SOAS Bar Society have prepared documents containing details of most if not all training contracts (2020 start date), vacation schemes (2017-18), and mini-pupillages, including information about deadlines, application processes, academic requirements etc. Having prepared a similar document detailing the summer deadlines, we received positive feedback and decided to produce an updated version for this year's applicants.
We hope this will provide an accessible, convenient, and efficient medium through which you can decide which law firms to apply to and proceed with the applications accordingly.
A vacation scheme is a period of work experience with a law firm. Typically they run for one or two weeks, although they can be longer. Vacation schemes aren't just a work experience opportunity; many law firms will use them as a way of hunting down potential training contract recruits.
A training contract is a two-year placement that is undertaken by trainee solicitors after they finish their year-long Legal Practice Course (LPC). The final step before qualification, it can be likened to an apprenticeship: an opportunity to put all your academic knowledge to vocational use.
Mini-pupillages are short periods of work experience, usually for one week, in a set of chambers. Mini-pupillages provide an invaluable insight into life as a barrister and may provide some useful contacts to assist you in finding pupillage.