Edinburgh spring vacation scheme 2024

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Recently named as the RollOnFriday ‘Best Law Firm to Work at 2023', for the second year in a row, Burges Salmon is an ambitious, sustainable and inclusive firm that ensures its clients, people and wider communities flourish.

Here at Burges Salmon, we bring new ideas and perspectives to everything we do, without ever compromising the quality of our work.  Join us and you'll have every opportunity to fulfil your potential as you help shape our future – and we'll support you all the way.

We are excited to officially launch our Edinburgh spring vacation scheme!

You will find our offices in Edinburgh's Exchange District, located in the heart of the city's leading financial and business centre. Atria One, is BREEAM rated ‘Excellent' and our neighbours include PwC, EY, EDF, Brewin Dolphin and the Law Society of Scotland. Here you will be close to Edinburgh's cultural venues and shopping, which are all within walking distance along with an abundance of eating options, from sandwich bars to fine dining.

Are you looking to gain exposure to high profile clients and top quality work? Would you like to work alongside lawyers who are experts in their field?

Our award-winning training programme will take you further than you ever thought possible.


Application Process

Our Edinburgh spring vacation scheme will take place between 8 - 12th April 2024. All vacation scheme attendees will be offered a training contract interview after their vacation scheme. Successful candidates will be offered a training contract based in our Edinburgh office.

The training contract interview will take place in-person in our Bristol office on Monday 15th April. We will provide flights and accommodation for your trip, and you will also have the opportunity to meet our Bristol based lawyers and trainee solicitors throughout the day and at an evening social. 

In order to become a solicitor in Scotland you will need to complete a Scots law degree (LLB) and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (PEAT STAGE 1) followed by a two year training contract.

We welcome applicants who are interested in applying for either a 2024 or 2025 training contract. On the application form, there will be an option to select which year you are interested in. Please note, if you wish to apply for a 2024 training contract we will require you to have completed or currently be studying for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

The application for a vacation scheme is a three step process:

  1. Written application form,
  2. Verbal Reasoning test (timed - 20 minutes),
  3. Situational Judgement test (unlimited time).

Please ensure that you complete all 3 steps before the deadline of the 12th January 2024 in order for your application to be considered. 

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an Assessment centre in our Edinburgh office on either the 5th or 6th March 2024 only.

All of our Assessment centres take place in-person only and due to the configuration of the Assessment centre day, cannot take place remotely. Please be advised, if you are unable to attend on these dates, we will not be able to progress your application. We therefore recommend that you keep these dates free in the event that you are invited to attend an Assessment centre.

For further information on what to expect throughout the application process, please visit our website here: How to apply for a training contract | Application timeline | Burges Salmon (burges-salmon.com)


Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident Employer we actively encourage people with disabilities, long-term health conditions or impairments to apply for our roles. We regularly implement adjustments to assist people throughout the recruitment process, it's part of what we do.

We encourage you to disclose your disability, long-term health condition or impairment so we can provide great support during your application. We can make bespoke changes to assessments, interviews etc to ensure we provide you with an equal opportunity to shine in our recruitment process.

We have our recruitment processes regularly reviewed by disability specialist organisation WECIL to ensure we are inclusive and following the very best practice.

We will offer a place at one of our Assessment centres to applicants who have a disability and meet our minimum scoring criteria for this role.

Please reach out to Penny Bowring (penny.bowring@burges-salmon.com) if you would like to discuss adjustments that we could make for you throughout the process.

An example of an adjustment that we could make at application stage, is providing you with extra time to complete the Verbal Reasoning test.


Application Eligibility

Please note, you are only eligible to apply for one training contract process at a time, within a recruitment cycle. For example, if you apply to our Bristol based Winter 2023 vacation scheme and your application is unsuccessful, you are not eligible to apply for our Bristol based Spring/Summer 2024 vacation scheme, or the Direct Training Contract 2026.


Get in touch

If you have any questions, please reach out to Penny Bowring, Resourcing Specialist: penny.bowring@burges-salmon.com


Ready to make the leap? Start your application today!

DEADLINE 12th January 2024