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Training in London

Our two-year London training programme provides you with a wealth of experiences and excellent training to ensure a successful career as an English law-qualified lawyer. We will recruit our 2024 trainee intake from participants in our summer 2022 vacation scheme.

How to apply

2022 Vacation Scheme

We will be accepting applications for our summer 2022 vacation scheme from penultimate-year law undergraduates and law postgraduates between 1 December 2021 and 8 January 2022. If you would like to apply, please email a cover letter setting out the reasons for your application and enclosing a CV and detailed breakdown of your academic results to We will hold interviews in mid-January 2022.

What to expect

Our vacation scheme offers a perfect introduction to a career in law and to Davis Polk. We expect to host two groups of between eight and ten law students per group. Each group will spend a week with the firm, with the first group starting in late June or early July and the second group starting in mid-July. You will work on international transactions for some of our major clients and learn about our practice, culture and distinctive approach to client care, receive £500 to cover expenses and be interviewed for our 2024 training programme. We look to offer around four places.

If selected as one of our trainees, we will provide you with training and full sponsorship to help you through the first and second stages of the SQE in the year after you graduate from university. In the two-year training programme that follows, you’ll experience our corporate and finance practices, spend time in a specialist area of law such as tax, financial regulatory and antitrust and competition, and have the opportunity to work in our New York office. You will share an office with a more senior colleague, receive tailored training and have extensive contact with and access to our partners. With a first year base salary of £57,500, rising to £62,500 in the second year and then £147,500 on qualification, you will receive a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about Davis Polk and training with us, please join one of our virtual ‘Getting to know Davis Polk’ sessions (6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 22 and 23 November 2021) by emailing with your preferred date and a copy of your CV by no later than 12 November 2021.

Alternatively, we will be attending virtual law fairs at University of Cambridge (12 October 2021) and University of Oxford (20 October 2021) and participating in Legal Cheek’s virtual law fair series (2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 5 October, 4 November and 2 December 2021), further details of which can be found at In addition, we will also be hosting virtual presentations with the following societies:

  • King’s Women in Law Society – 6 October 2021
  • Queen Mary Law Society – 18 October 2021
  • King’s Law Society – 19 October 2021
  • Warwick Law Society – 25 October 2021
  • St Catherine’s College, Cambridge Law Society – 26 October 2021
  • King’s College London Legal Week – 27 October 2021
  • UCL Law Society – 1 November 2021
  • Nottingham Commercial Awareness Society – 2 November 2021
  • Merton College, Oxford Law Society – 3 November 2021
  • Jesus College, Cambridge Law Society – November 2021

Please contact your society representative if you would like to join us.