The application deadline for spring vacation schemes is 21 February 2021

As a result of the global pandemic we have changed the way we carry out our vacation scheme, it will now be for two days online, during the week 19 April 2021. This applies to 2021 only.

We particularly welcome applications from those in their final year non-law, penultimate or final year of law who are predicted a 2:1 and have an AAB at A-level.

You can apply through our online system here.

If you have any questions please email

The vacation scheme at Russell-Cooke is a great way to experience what it's really like to work at a leading law firm

We believe that our vacation scheme offers the right balance of support and autonomy, and really demonstrates what life is like as a Russell-Cooke trainee.

What makes a Russell-Cooke training contract different is the diverse nature of our work and the unstuffy nature of the working environment. As a firm we offer our clients our expertise in areas ranging from high-value real estate and corporate law to charity, professional regulation, private client, family law and specialist litigation. Few firms can offer this range of experience in a training contract.

Although the scheme this year will take place online, we will try to give you as close as possible an experience of what a typical day as a trainee at Russell-Cooke is like.

At the end of the week there will be a form of assessment and interview and there is the possibility of an offer of a training contract then and there.

No. The trainee recruitment process will run alongside the vacation scheme.

The vacation schemes take place in spring each year.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year a two-day vacation scheme will take place online in w/c 19 April 2021.

The interview will take place with one of our senior associates who will assess your application form, your commercial awareness and competencies for the role.

We are looking for ambitious, positive and competitive trainees who are ready for the challenges of real-life legal work.

  • 12 placements available across our London offices for two days online in w/c 19 April 2021 and followed by an interview at the end of the week.
  • The application process opens on: 1 November 2020
  • Deadline for applications: 21 February 2021
  • Interviews: 22-23 April 2021 

"The Russell-Cooke vacation scheme has allowed me to gain invaluable experience across a range of departments. So far I have enjoyed attending client meetings, drafting attendance notes and analysing medical reports to support staff with their caseload." Saphia

"I have been fortunate enough to have already experienced two totally different areas of law and have had the ability to learn from two amazing lawyers. I have delved deep into the world of enfranchisement, had the chance to sit in on a podcast about lease extensions and I am currently with the private client team, learning all about wills and intestacy rules. Overall, I am so grateful for this experience, and I very much look forward to the rest of the week." Amber

"There has been a great balance of responsibility and guidance – to be trusted with important tasks while feeling comfortable to ask for advice really reflects the friendly and professional ethos of Russell-Cooke." Poppy

"I have learnt a great deal in my week with Russell-Cooke, gaining a real insight into the firm and the various practice areas in which it operates. I have spent time in family, litigation and real estate teams, across all of the firm's offices, and even experienced proceedings in the Royal Courts of Justice." Andrew