Join Us Summer Placements

A summer placement will provide invaluable experience, allowing you to choose a firm which is right for you and prepare you for your forthcoming traineeship.

Experience life in the
legal profession

Working with us during the summer will offer you the opportunity to participate in work-based learning and gain valuable experience of life in the legal profession.

We offer students a four-week placement in one of our offices, generally working in two different practice areas and aim to provide you with an insight into the firm and our culture. You can expect to get involved in a variety of work including, for example, carrying out research and shadowing trainees.

The application process for our 2023 summer placements is now closed. Details of our 2024 summer placement programme will be available in early 2024.

My time at MacRoberts during my summer placement has been nothing short of outstanding. The placement offers a wide variety of lessons and experience – all of which are invaluable and extremely insightful. Thanks to the knowledge and support from other members of the team, I now feel more confident, comfortable and prepared for my future legal career. Across the firm, everyone's passion and kindness is contagious, making the summer placement such a fantastic and positive experience.

COURTNEY EVISON FORMER SUMMER STUDENT

Summer Placement FAQs

  • How many summer placements do you offer?

    Generally, we offer five placements across our offices.

  • How long are summer placements?

    We offer a four-week placement, generally working in two different practice groups, and aim to provide you with an insight to the firm and our culture during your time with us.

  • Will I be assessed during my placement?

    At the end of your time in each practice group, you will be assessed on the work you have carried out. We are also interested in getting feedback from you on your experience with us.

  • What year of study should I be in before I can apply for a summer placement?

    To be considered for a placement, you need to be in at least your third year of a Scots Law Degree or first year of the accelerated LLB and be available for four consecutive weeks between June and August.

  • Do I need to have previous legal experience to apply?

    Previous legal work experience is not necessary but we are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic about the law and keen to learn more in a practical working environment.

  • What is the interview process?

    You will generally meet with one of our partners and a member of the People & Development team.

  • What range of practice areas will I work in?

    This will vary depending on which practice groups have opportunities for students.

  • I have applied for a summer placement - when will I hear back?

    We will acknowledge that we have received your application and get back to you after the closing date to let you know whether or not you have been selected for interview.

  • Are the placements paid?

    Yes, if you are recruited as part of the four-week placement programme, you are paid during your time with us.

My summer placement at MacRoberts has been extremely valuable to me by bridging the gap between my LLB and truly leading commercial law work. The atmosphere set by my departments and colleagues across the firm was welcoming and supportive, giving me the perfect opportunity to learn and grow. I highly recommend the MacRoberts summer placement to students pursuing a career in commercial law, due to the firm's expertise, diverse practice areas and well-structured placement.

ROBBIE LOW FORMER SUMMER STUDENT

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • Iso 14001 2015 Environmental Management

    MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.

  • MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark for 2023. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.