Ellisons Vacation Scheme

At Ellisons we are committed to supporting future generations of legal professionals.  Our vacation scheme programmes are aimed at individuals who are interested in becoming future Trainee Solicitors or Solicitor Apprentices.

Overview of the programme

Our two-week programme is designed to give you a thorough overview of what it is like to work at a leading East Anglian Law Firm.  You will have the opportunity to work within our legal departments alongside everyone from our current Trainees, Solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives, including our Partners and Heads of Departments.  You will get the opportunity to gain practical skills through the tasks that will be set for you throughout the vacation scheme.  These tasks are designed to give you an overview of what you can expect to be doing as a Trainee Solicitor or Solicitor Apprentice at the firm and would be conducted under the supervision for your Vacation Scheme Supervisor.

We will also give you an opportunity to attend training in areas such as Legal Compliance, Financial awareness, Legal Research, Presentation and Interview skills, together with a chance to practice these skills and receive feedback.

Ellisons has a very friendly, supportive culture so throughout your time with us all our colleagues at all levels will be available to answer questions and to help you fully integrate into the team.  There will also be an opportunity to attend social events so you can get to know our teams, current Trainees, and the Training Principal and her team.

The application deadline for 2023 is now closed.  


We can offer places on our vacation scheme in the following locations:

  • Colchester
  • Ipswich
  • Chelmsford

Please indicate on your application form if you have a preferred location.



We hope to offer opportunities to as many applicants as possible.  Once the application period has closed, we will shortlist applicants and offer interviews to all individuals who will progress to the next stage. We will inform everyone who applies if they have been successful or not within 1 week of each closing date, however, this is not always possible due to the high number of applications received. In this instance it may not be possible to inform all unsuccessful candidates.

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