Vacation schemes

Our vacation schemes

A vacation scheme is the perfect way to get to know us. You'll meet some of the people who make us the firm we are and get a chance to see if we're the right firm for you before applying for a training contract.

Throughout your time with us, one of our current trainees will be on hand to help you settle in and find your way around. You'll also have a dedicated mentor, a qualified lawyer, who'll be there to support you as you interact with our clients and get involved with real work. They'll also give you honest, constructive feedback on your performance. We make time for socialising too and you'll have the opportunity to chat to current trainees and quiz them on life at Gowling WLG.

People profile

When can I take part?

2017 Spring schemes


Duration: 1 week

27 - 31 Mar 2017


Duration: 1 week

27 - 31 Mar 2017

2017 Summer schemes


Duration: 2 weeks

19 June – 30 June 2017


Duration: 2 weeks

26 June – 7 July 2017


What happens next?

To help you find your way through the vacation scheme selection process, and so that you know what to expect when, we've outlined the key stages below.


Application form

Before you tackle the online application form, take a look at our hints and tips. This form is your chance to tell us about yourself, why you're applying to Gowling WLG and why we should offer you a training contract.


Online testing

Once you've submitted your form, our recruitment team will be in touch and ask you to complete an online situational judgement test to assess how well you deal with scenarios you might face as a trainee. If you're successful here, you'll also complete an online verbal reasoning test. (You could be asked to re-take both tests on an assessment day).


Video interview

If you successfully pass both tests we then undertake a detailed application form screen. If you pass this then we'll invite you to a video interview. This can be done at a convenient time for you within the set deadline. You’ll be asked a series of pre-recorded interview questions by a member of our team. Don’t be daunted – you do get practice questions.


Assessment day

The final stage. This is very much a two-way process, allowing you and us the opportunity to discover if we're right for each other. We will assess you using a number of different exercises designed to help us identify whether you've got what it takes to be a brilliant commercial lawyer. But, just as importantly, the day will allow you to discover if we're the firm for you.

Frequently asked questions

Why did you form Gowling WLG?

We launched Gowling WLG to meet our clients' increasingly international legal needs. This move creates a more international business and network, with broader and deeper expertise in a range of sectors. It enables us to build on our successful national practices, and gives us a stronger platform to grow and develop in other markets.

It is a first step in a strategy to create a leading sector-focused global law firm. We will be seeking to accelerate growth across our existing offices and to add new member firms in other strategic locations, focusing initially on Europe and Asia-Pacific. See more on Gowling WLG here.

Will you accept a 2:2 or below degree grade?

Yes. We're not prescriptive when it comes to particular grades at A-Level or degree. We look at the bigger picture. We want to recruit bright, intelligent people and our selection procedure measures whether you have the skills and attributes we look for in our trainees.

What is your stance on mature students?

We simply aim to recruit the best people. We want to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds. Take some of our recent trainees, one of them used to be a journalist, another was a baker. We even have an ex-prima ballerina in the firm!

Who can apply for a vacation scheme?

We accept applications from penultimate and final year law students, final year non law students and graduates.

If I'm successful in getting a place on the vacation scheme, do I need to apply separately for a training contract?

No, we assess candidates for a training contract while they are on the vacation scheme.