My experience of the Michelmores Vacation Scheme

Guest blog from a 2016 vacation scheme intern:

Getting onto the vacation scheme in the first place is quite competitive so it pays to do your research on the firm and spend a good amount of time on your application making sure it is perfect before you submit it!

Following the written application I was invited to take part in a video interview and then after successful completion of that I was asked to attend an interview with the HR team in the Exeter office.  Only then was it confirmed that I had secured my place on the vacation scheme. Having now attended the scheme, I understand why a place is so tough to get − a lot of effort has gone into ensuring the week is informative and enjoyable rather than just feeling like a week of tests!

On the first day we had a more relaxed schedule which included an introduction to the Firm and our individual departments that we each spent time in throughout the week. We also had lunch with the trainees scheduled at a local pub which was a great opportunity to chat with them about their various experiences of life at Michelmores as a trainee solicitor.

I have personally spent the week in the Clinical Negligence team which has been really interesting. Since graduating from university I have been a paralegal working with commercial clients. I was really keen to sit with the clinical negligence team and work with private clients to see a different side to legal practice. I would highly recommend to anyone coming on a vacation scheme to use it as an opportunity to try something different.

Whilst in the department I have been given a range of interesting cases to look through and have been able to get involved in some quite meaty drafting. On my first day I was asked to draft a proof of evidence to outline the claimant’s version of events surrounding his injury. It was quality work and I really enjoyed getting stuck in. 

More generally the week has involved quite a few assessments including a written exercise, verbal reasoning test, group exercise including a presentation, article discussion and an interview. These assessments have been mixed in with some time spent in the department gaining some valuable work experience, alongside talks from different departments to gain an insight into the different Michelmores sectors. We also had some social events mixed in, including breakfast with the Senior Partner, Will Michelmore and a rounders match one evening after work organised by the local Junior Lawyers Division.  This eclectic mix has made for a brilliant and well-rounded week.

All in all it has been a well organised and enjoyable experience. Michelmores has a great culture; all the staff are friendly and engaging and it is nice to meet a firm of lawyers so enthusiastic and passionate about what they do. I would highly recommend the vacation scheme to anyone considering a training contract with Michelmores. The week offers opportunities to really get to know the Firm, as well as presenting you with a chance to make a good impression with the variety of assessments that you are asked to complete. This makes it a great experience for anyone interested in becoming a trainee.

For more information on our Vacation Scheme and Graduate Recruitment please visit the Graduate section of our website.