UK Students
UK Students

Application Process

Summer Vacation Scheme Application Process

Our summer vacation scheme provides an excellent opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the day-to-day work of trainees in an international law firm. During the scheme, we will place you in one or more practice areas that interest you. Our training sessions, mentoring and social activities, allow you to get to know our firm. Through working side by side with partners and associates on live deals, you will get to know our clients and practices.

As we recruit two years in advance, we focus on applicants in their penultimate year of study onwards. Our preference is to conduct interviews in person so priority is given to those currently based in the UK.  The deadline for applications is 31 January: Apply here.

Vacation Scheme applications are screened on a rolling basis so you are encouraged not to wait until the deadline to apply.

Successful candidates will be invited to take an online assessment in order to be considered for an interview with our graduate recruitment panel. Our interview style is a conversational and open process, to allow you good insight into the work and culture at the firm.

Training Contract Application Process

Applicants should have a strong and consistent academic record and be on track for, or have obtained, a 2:1 degree at minimum. They will need to demonstrate they are solution-driven and interested in business law. The deadline for trainee solicitor programmes commencing two years’ ahead is 16 July: Apply Here.

Successful candidates will be invited to take an online critical thinking assessment in order to be considered for an interview with our graduate recruitment panel and further written assessments. Our interview style is a conversational and open process, to allow you good insight into the work and culture at the firm.

Training contract applications will be screened on a rolling basis, after the Vacation Scheme application process closes.

*BIG TIP* Don’t waste an application word count telling us facts we already know about the firm - instead tell us in your own words what attracts you to Akin Gump and how our practices and client focus match your own commercial interests and career aspirations.