Opportunities for graduates & students

The application process for a Summer Placement in 2018 is now open.  The Summer Placement forms part of the process for our Traineeship recruitment for 2020. Please find more information on the Summer Placement and how to apply below. 

Our trainees are our potential Partners of the future and we are committed to retaining them.

Summer Placement 2018 leading to Traineeship in 2020

The application process for summer placements is now open. 

To be eligible to apply you must be currently studying towards an LLB and be able to evidence this. You must also be otherwise suitable to hold employment with the firm and have no barrier to entering the profession. Various background checks will be conducted. 

We offer paid summer placements every year. These placements are offered for 6 weeks, and offer a degree of flexibility regarding start dates, holidays during the placement, and finish dates. A successful summer placement with Harper Macleod in 2018 can lead to a traineeship in 2020.

We review all applications throughout February and invite successful candidates to First Interview with HR in March. We then arrange second interviews with a Partner and Associate from the firm, allowing Summer Placement offers to go out by end of April. 

Candidates who successfully complete a Summer Placement with good feedback from their departments are invited to a "Final Stage" panel presentation. They meet a group of 6 people from across the firm to present on a legal topic given to them in advance.

Traineeships begin in September of each year and are carefully planned and tailored to meet the needs of our trainees and the firm. Traineeships are split between all our offices.

To apply please download the application form here. Please complete this form, fill out the following questions and submit below. The application process will close at 5pm on Friday 26th January. It is important that you complete and upload your application within this time frame to be considered for a summer placement.

Data Protection

For the purpose of Data Protection, I consent to Harper Macleod retaining and processing the information provided on this form for the purpose of the selection process and the retention of such information should my application be successful.


I confirm that the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge and that no material facts have been omitted. I understand that any false information or deliberate omissions will disqualify me from the selection process, or if appointed, may lead to disciplinary action.

What are we looking for?

Individuals who can demonstrate a strong academic background, previous work experience (summer vacation schemes, part-time jobs), interests that show skills in teamwork and/or leadership and a motivation for a career in law.

We offer opportunity and responsibility to those who can demonstrate the required HM Trainee qualities.

What can you expect as a trainee?

  • Training and development
  • Trainee meetings
  • Flexible seat rotations
  • Secondment opportunities
  • Sector group involvement
  • Managing trainee
  • Social committee
  • Career progression


If you have any questions regarding our application process, please contact Kirsty Selfridge in our HR department.