Applications for the 2020 vacation scheme are now closed.

Stay posted for dates for the 2021 spring vacation schemes. Please note that due to the impact of Covid-19, the firm has decided to pause its graduate recruitment process. Please keep an eye on our website and we will update it as soon as things change. 

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.

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.

Candidates on the vacation scheme currently receive £500 for the week.

You’ll work with a senior associate in the team, who’ll give you support when you need it, and autonomy when you don’t. You will also have other trainees and lawyers on hand to answer any tricky questions and give you feedback at the end of the week.

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.

It’s the ideal way to experience real life at Russell-Cooke as you will see what a typical day in the life of a trainee is.

You will benefit from:

  • spending time in one department but will likely experience a range of work across many departments
  • experiencing real-life legal work
  • being able to speak to and socialise with our current trainees and other colleagues

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

Please note that due to the impact of Covid-19, the firm has decided to pause its graduate recruitment process. Please keep an eye on our website or and we will update as soon as things change.

The interview will take place via Skype 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 week-long schemes
  • Placements run during the Spring
  • The application process opens on: tbc
  • Deadline for applications: tbc
  • Skype interviews: tbc

"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