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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 2025 trainee intake from participants in our summer 2023 vacation scheme.

How to apply

2023 Vacation Scheme

We will be accepting applications for our summer 2023 vacation scheme from penultimate-year law undergraduates and law postgraduates between 1 December 2022 and 7 January 2023. If you would like to apply, please email a cover letter addressed to the Training Principal and setting out the reasons for your application, along with a CV and detailed breakdown of your academic results to We will hold interviews in mid-January 2023.

Download our brochure: 10 reasons to join us

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 10 law students per group. Each group will spend a week with the firm, with both groups starting 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 2025 training programme. We look to offer around six places.

If you are 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 or 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 £60,000, rising to £65,000 in the second year and then £165,000 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 us for our Open Day for second-year law students and law postgraduates, (from 2 p.m. on Thursday 17 November 2022) by emailing with a copy of your CV by no later than 4 November 2022.

Alternatively, we will be attending the following law fairs this fall:

  • Legal Cheek’s Virtual Law Fair series (2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on 8 September, 11 October and 22 November 2022), further details of which can be found at The Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair Series 2022.
  • University of Cambridge Law Fair (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on 18 October 2022)
  • University of Cambridge Virtual Law Fair (1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on 19 October 2022)
  • University of Oxford Law Fair (10.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on 22 October 2022)
  • King’s College London Law Fair (11.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. on 28 October 2022)