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Apply for Fosters’ Summer Vacation Scheme

We are delighted to confirm applications are now open for our annual Summer Vacation Scheme.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain practical experience working with us in our award-winning practice areas.

We will be offering two-week voluntary placements in our Norwich office for up to seven students to work within our Business & Commercial, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Crime & Business Defence, Family & Children and Residential Property departments.

Successful applicants will undertake a variety of tasks including research, working on current client files under supervision, attending client meetings and completing general administrative tasks.

The scheme will run between the 12th June and 23rd June 2023, and depending on the final applicants and the casework of the participating departments, each student will spend time with at least two different teams. Working hours during these two weeks will be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The successful candidates will:

  • Have at least three A Levels at grade B or higher.
  • Be interested in the legal sector.
  • Be willing to learn new skills.
  • Have excellent attention to detail.
  • Be well organised and self-motivated.
  • Have the ability to stay calm under pressure.
  • Enjoy working as part of a team.
  • Be confident in dealing with the general public.
  • Be available during the two weeks commencing 12th and 19th June 2023.

Whilst our ideal candidates will be in their second year or higher at university or college, we will consider applications made by first years as well. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from anyone under the age of 18.

To apply please send your CV with an accompanying personal statement to: hbrown@fosters-solicitors.co.uk

Postal applications can be sent to: Heather Brown, Head of Staff Care, Fosters Solicitors, 19 Bank Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4FS.

The closing date for applications is 24th February. Interviews will be arranged for the week commencing 10th April.

Students meet our trainee solicitors as part of the Summer Vacation Scheme 2022.

We have organised our Summer Vacation Scheme for higher-education students now for a number of years, here is some of the feedback we received from some of the students who participated in 2022.

“The thing I have enjoyed most at my time at Fosters is how inclusive the staff are. They have made sure that the work I am doing is valuable to both me and them and have ensured that I have understood how to do tasks and why these tasks are important. All the staff I have encountered have been both polite and patient with me.”

“The most valuable part of my time at Fosters has been the insight into what it is like to be a solicitor. Prior to attending the Vacation Scheme at Fosters I did not have much work experience in law. Furthermore, I did not have any connections in the legal world so found it hard to grasp what is expected in a law firm and the sort of tasks completed on a daily basis. Therefore, being able to sit alongside solicitors, paralegals and personal assistants has helped me understand the different roles required in a law firm and enabled me to gain invaluable connections.

“Being able to sit in on initial consultations has been really enjoyable because it has allowed me to see the way in which those in practice deal with clients and create solutions to their problems.”

“Being able to speak with trainees and other staff members on career paths/options. I found the trainee Q&A really useful as the experience of the trainees allowed them to answer questions that universities are usually less clear on.”

“The work has been interesting and enjoyable and the people have been lovely!”

“The type of tasks and work that I’ve been given – it’s all been really interesting and varied, and I feel like the work I’ve done over the week has helped people in the department and made a tangible difference, rather than completing tasks that don’t particularly add any value. Everyone in the department has also made so much effort to ensure the work is engaging and interesting for me, which I really appreciate.”

This article was produced on the 3rd January 2023 for information purposes only and should not be construed or relied upon as specific legal advice.