Coronavirus : how it's affected students and legal recruitment


Firms and chambers have modified, delayed or cancelled their vacation schemes, training contracts or pupillage processes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We will update this page as we receive more confirmations.

Spring vacation and work experience schemes - suspended

Addleshaw Goddard

Allen & Overy (A&O First)

Baker McKenzie

Bristows (open days)

Burges Salmon

Charles Russell Speechlys

Clyde & Co

Debevoise & Plimpton


Freshfields (first-years)

Gowling WLG

Herbert Smith Freehills


Hogan Lovells (first year open day)

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters (Pathfinder)

Mayer Brown

Mishcon de Reya

Norton Rose Fulbright

Penningtons Manches Cooper


Shearman & Sterling

Sidley Austin


Slaughter and May

Stephenson Harwood


Watson Farley & Williams

Weil Gotshal

White & Case


Summer vacation schemes - cancelled

Cleary Gottlieb (hopes to run later in the year)

Cripps Pemberton Greenish


Womble Bond Dickinson

Summer vacation schemes - running virtually

Akin Gump

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Bird & Bird

Clifford Chance

Debevoise & Plimpton

DLA Piper


Herbert Smith Freehills - virtual training contract interviews will take place in advance


Mayer Brown

Pinsent Masons

Simmons & Simmons


Slaughter and May

Taylor Wessing

Travers Smith

Vinson & Elkins

White & Case


Training contract updates

Burges Salmon - suspended direct applications, only recruiting through vacation scheme

Cripps Pemberton Greenish - deferring the application process for 2022 training contracts, looking at "various options around holding this later in the year."

Irwin Mitchell - delayed training contracts due to start in 2020. They will now begin in February 2021. The firm intends that future recruitment will not be affected.

Orrick - 2022 training contract assessments deferred until early 2021. Applications close 29 May 2020.

Russell-Cooke - graduate recruitment has been paused and the firm is not taking applications at this time.

VWV - the firm has currently paused recruitment, but is "positive that our recruitment and growth plans will be back on the agenda before long."


The Bar

Mini pupillage schemes - postponed

Brick Court Chambers

One Essex Court

Fountain Court

7 King's Bench Walk

3 Verulam Buildings

Blackstone Chambers aims to conduct mini pupillages remotely.

Pupillages 2021/2022

Henderson Chambers (postponed, more details TBA)


Law school

LPCexams will be sat remotely. The SRA has confirmed that during the coronavirus outbreak it will be "flexible about teaching and assessment requirements." For more information visit the SRA site.

GDL: exams for the GDL are not organised by the SRA and each law school will have their own arrangements - consult the relevant provider to learn more.

BPTCthe next opportunity to sit centralised exams will be in August 2020, and these will take place virtually. Here's more information from the Bar Standards Board.

SQE: this will replace the LPC and GDL from 2020. The SRA still intends for the first SQE assessments to be sat in autumn 2021, and has announced the following: "We continue to work towards this and at this stage, we do not expect the Covid-19 outbreak to affect our timeline. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully."