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Home / Careers / Trainee Solicitors / Summer Placement

Could you see yourself at BDB Pitmans?

If so, consider our summer placement programme.

Training with BDB Pitmans will bring you real responsibility right from the start, combined with the right level of support to ensure you never feel overwhelmed.

If you are interested in training with us you have the opportunity to apply for one of our summer placements so you have first-hand experience of real life at BDB Pitmans and can gain a better understanding of the role of a trainee and what it is like to train and work at BDB Pitmans.

Summer placements

To be eligible you must be a final year non-law student, penultimate or final year law student or have completed your studies. We also welcome applications from those studying or who have already completed the GDL or LPC.

We have up to 16 paid summer placements available each year which take place over two weeks in June and July. Currently we have ten places in London and six in Reading, however you will also have the opportunity to meet people from our Cambridge and Southampton offices and learn about the work they do.

You will spend two weeks with us, gaining valuable experience with two of our legal departments. We aim to give you as much practical experience as possible, plus the opportunity to experience first-hand how our solicitors and partners work.

 

 

In each of the departments, you will be allocated a supervisor, one of our partners or senior lawyers, so you have support and guidance during your time with us. You will also have a nominated buddy, one of our current trainees or newly qualified solicitors, so you can hear their experiences first hand.

Additionally, a range of organised activities including a networking event, trainee social and legal research exercises will make your time with us enjoyable as well as insightful. We hope you will make friends during the placement and encourage those on the programme to arrange informal activities to build relationships and network further.

 

Timeframes for summer placement programme

Applications close for the summer placement scheme on 31 January and are reviewed in February and March each year. We do not require candidates to attend any interviews or assessments for a placement with us.

If you are successful in securing a summer placement you will be assessed by your two supervisors who will recommend whether you should be considered for a training contract with us. If recommended, you will be invited to attend a first stage assessment centre for training contracts. Our assessment centres take place across the end of July and beginning of August.

See the Application and Selection Process page for further information.