Work experience

Gain valuable experience to help launch your career in law.

Want experience with a top law firm?

If you are considering a career in law, now is the time to think about getting some work experience.

As a leading and award-winning name standing alongside national firms, we attract high-profile clients and a diverse mix of interesting work. We also have a friendly, supportive culture with a big emphasis on practical experience. Which all makes our firm a great place to get work experience you can use to push your career forwards.

We offer up to 16 work experience placements in total each year, and they can be held in our offices in Leeds, Bradford or Huddersfield. You’ll be based in, and work mainly with one department, and there are often opportunities to work with other teams too.

Placements last for a week, this year they will be held during w/c 4th July and w/c 18th July.

Our work experience scheme will give you a real insight into who we are and how we operate, which is valuable if you go on to become a trainee with us. 

Our trainees tell us that the best part of our training programme is how hands-on and involved with client work they are from the beginning of their training contract. They don’t get left with the photocopying or just become research assistants, they get to use their skills and knowledge as part of a team, dealing directly with clients as well as enjoying the benefits we offer.

Get a feel for working in law

Work experience with us lets you see what it’s like working in a top law firm, and it’s an excellent way to learn more about our firm specifically.

Show your commitment

It shows potential future employers that you’re serious about the profession and are proactive in developing your knowledge and skills.

Help us learn about you

We get an understanding of you, your ambitions and your strengths, which is useful if you apply for a training contract with us.

Meet our trainees

Our trainees are always willing to pass on their knowledge of working with us and tips for securing a training contract.

Get hands-on experience

Your placement will give you practical experience that you can use when applying for a training contract or support role.

Expand your network

You’ll meet all levels of fee earners during your time with us, giving you a good opportunity to expand your business network.

Who can apply?

If you’re in the first year of a degree course or equivalent, or at a later stage in your education, we’d love to receive your application.

Unfortunately, as our work experience placements are very popular, you can’t apply if you’re still at school or college.

When to apply

We are accepting applications from now until 16th May 2022.

How to apply

To apply for a work experience placement with us, please send the following to workexperience@schofieldsweeney.co.uk by mid-day on 16 May 2022:

  • A copy of your current CV.
  • A cover letter, or email, using the guidance notes below in ‘What are we looking for’
  • Which of our offices you’d prefer your placement to take place in (we can’t always accommodate preferences but we take them into account).
  • Your preference for w/c 4th July or w/c 18th July 2022.

 

If you have any questions about our work experience programme, then please contact our HR Manager, Neil Towse on 0113 849 4073.

If you’d also like to apply for a training contract with us, this is a separate application process. Please see our page on training contracts for more details.

When will I hear?

We will consider all applications and if we’re able to offer you a placement, we’ll email you by 1 June 2022.

What are we looking for?

Your application needs to be accurate, so ensure it’s checked thoroughly for typos and errors. If it’s not, your application will fall at the first hurdle.

We are not looking for someone who is just ‘building’ their CV or ‘collecting’ placements, so you will need to convince us that we would be making the right decision in offering a place to you.

Some suggestions:

  • You may be at the very early stages of your academic career, but do you already have an area of the law that you are particularly interested in?  If so, make sure you tell us more about it in your covering letter.
  • Tell us what you know about Schofield Sweeney.
  • We want to know about your academic career, so make sure you tell us about where you’ve studied and what grades you’ve got.
  • We want to know about what work experiences you have had. Don’t worry if they’ve not been in law.  Some of the most important skills can be gained in all manner of retail or service-industry roles.
  • Tell us about your achievements, be they academic, personal or sporting ones. Anything really, that gives us a better insight into who you are.

What to expect during your placement

Depending upon what client work is taking place, you’ll be based mainly within one department, though there may be opportunities to work with or at least to meet, other teams too.

Bear in mind it is only for one week, so there will be some limits as to exactly how involved you can be.  However, we’ll want you to get involved in day-to-day work, so that might mean going to Court with one of our lawyers, attending client meetings or undertaking a key piece of research.

Alongside this, there will be a number of other tasks we will set you during the week, which will be designed to test your organisational skills and your inter-personal skills, amongst other things.

It will be your chance to make a good impression on us, but it’s also a chance for us to impress you too.

We’ll do our best to ensure you get to know as much about Schofield Sweeney as possible, and what it takes to make a great lawyer here.

One final thing to mention, succeed in your work experience placement, and we would be delighted for you to apply for a training contract with us.

“It is a friendly firm with experienced individuals to learn from.” Melissa Butler, paralegal
“Training at Schofield Sweeney has given me the opportunity to be involved in high value and complex work” Alex Aitken, solicitor

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