Student opportunities

Ogier has a number of great opportunities for students at all stages in their education; from school work experience or vacation scheme placements to university bursaries or scholarships and post graduate training schemes.

Student opportunities – Cayman Islands

Vacation Scheme – Cayman Islands

Our Vacation Scheme is a four week placement in Ogier's Cayman office over the June/July/August holiday period and consists of specific legal or Business Services training and development by experienced Ogier lawyers or people from the Business Services team to assist students in their tertiary education.

Solid, competitive academics are required for acceptance onto our Vacation Scheme. In addition to the academic requirements, we are looking for students who possess the competencies that are important in driving our business forward. Attributes such as interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and the motivation to succeed, are key to us.

Applications for our Vacation Scheme programme are invited from A-level or degree students from January to April each year. We also accept applications from students already undertaking legal studies at the Cayman Islands Law School (or UK equivalent) or undertaking LPC/BPTC/PPC studies.The standard of applicants has historically been very high and we ensure that every applicant is given equal opportunity put placements are limited.

If we progress an application, the next stage is to invite the applicant for interview. This will normally be conducted by one of our senior lawyers and a representative from the HR team. Successful applicants will receive mentoring and development from talented individuals during the course of the Vacation Scheme and may be eligible  for consideration of an Ogier Scholarship.

If you wish to apply for a Scholarship with Ogier your performance on the Vacation Scheme is assessed throughout the four week period, to allow us to make a decision as to whether or not to consider you for a Scholarship.

To apply for a summer internship through the Ogier Vacation Scheme, please send us a cover letter and your resume to caymanlegalrecruitment@ogier.com any time between January 1st - April 30th  annually. 

The Vacation Scheme placement may be extended for an additional two weeks if it is mutually beneficial to the business and the participant.

Scholarship – Cayman Islands

An Ogier Scholarship is for the duration of an individual's degree and, depending on performance, may also cover LPC/BPTC/PPC studies. The Scholarship consists of:

  • Financial support payable in instalments per semester
  • Invitations to relevant training events organised in Cayman (if studying locally)
  • Careers advice from partners and other lawyers

Students are usually considered for the awarding of a Scholarship after successful participation in the Vacation Scheme placement in the Ogier Cayman office, as described above. If you are successfully selected at the conclusion of the Vacation Scheme, we will issue a Scholarship offer which is conditional upon you achieving admission into the Cayman Islands Law School (or UK equivalent) and minimum grades.

Scholarship funds will not be paid if you take a year out at any time during your studies, for the duration of the time out. We expect students who have been awarded the scholarship to continue to participate in our Vacation Scheme annually, during which time students will continue to gain valuable experience.

For the Scholarship to continue to be paid each semester, students must maintain a minimum 2:1 average.

For the Scholarship to be considered for continuation through to LPC/BPTC/PPC studies, students must have achieved a 2.1 or higher final result in their degree course.

Once your studies are complete, you will be required to accept any Ogier offer made to you to join our Articled Clerk Programme. If our offer is not accepted, you will be required to repay all or part of the awarded Scholarship, at the firm's discretion.

We believe our Vacation Scheme and Scholarship programme offer excellent opportunities to talented students looking to get the best possible start to their legal careers. While we do not have a long list of conditions that must be followed, we do ask that if a Scholarship is accepted from us then no other scholarship is accepted from any other firm/organisation. We also expect you to perform to the best of your abilities during our placements so that both you and Ogier gain the most from this long-term relationship.

We are a very friendly, forward-thinking firm and maintain exceptionally good relationships with our Vacation Scheme and Scholarship students.

Applications for our scholarship programme are open annually until April 30th and you can apply in writing by sending a cover letter, current resume and proof of your grades to:

caymanlegalrecruitment@ogier.com

Please note the Scholarship is normally awarded to those applicants who have successfully applied for and/or undertaken a Vacation Placement with Ogier.

Student opportunities – Channel Islands

Bursary scheme – Guernsey and Jersey

Ogier awards a number of bursaries to students who embarking on a career in law to assist them financially with their studies and to provide an exceptional opportunity to gain valuable work experience and professional support. We offer bursaries to students from both Guernsey and Jersey. The scheme is only open to Channel Islands residents.

Our Bursary award is for the duration of an individual's relevant studies and consists of:

  • Financial support in quarterly instalments
  • Preferential consideration for work placements at Ogier
  • Invitations to social events at Ogier
  • Use of Ogier’s library and information services
  • Careers advice from partners and other lawyers
  • Book vouchers worth £200

Applications for our Bursary scheme are invited from students due to sit their A-Levels in the summer preceding entry onto the scheme, together with students already at university or undertaking GDL / LPC / Bar School studies.  Bursaries are provided in line with the academic year.

The academic requirements for our scheme are:

  • Two A grades and one B grade at A-Level or higher (or the equivalent in UCAS points), excluding General Studies
  • 2:1 classification of degree or above
  • Minimum of a Commendation at GDL level

If you are successful at interview we will issue an offer conditional on you achieving the above grades. Regarding studies, the courses that qualify are LLB Law at University or a joint law degree, the GDL, LPC and BVC.  We are also willing to consider exceptional candidates who have not chosen law as their degree.

In addition to the academic requirements, we are looking for students who possess the competencies that we believe are important in driving our business forward. Attributes such as interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and the motivation to succeed, are key to us.
 
Following success in obtaining one qualification (for example, your LLB or GDL), the bursary will continue to be paid during any subsequent courses to qualify as a Solicitor or Barrister. However, the bursary will not be paid if you take a year out at any time.  We expect students to maintain our academic minimum requirements throughout their studies and to complete suggested work experience placements with us, which generally equate to a minimum of two weeks across an academic year.

We think our bursary scheme is an excellent opportunity and, while we do not have a long list of conditions that must be followed, we do ask that if a bursary is accepted from us then no other bursary is accepted from any other firm/organisation. We also ask that you perform to the best of your abilities during our placements so that both you and Ogier gain the most from this long-term relationship.

We are a forward-thinking, welcoming and reputable firm and we aim to maintain exceptionally good relationships with our Bursary students, wherever their career takes them.

Ogier is also one of the few Channel Islands firms to offer a structured, England & Wales Solicitor Training Contract, which is fully regulated by the SRA. Many of our Bursary students go on to secure Training Contracts with us in Jersey or Guernsey and complete their England & Wales Solicitor qualifications with us.

Bursary applications

Our 2017 Bursary Scheme application process is now closed.  If you are interested in applying for 2018, please send your CV and a completed application form to recruitment@ogier.com

Bursary application form

The standard of applicants each year is very high and we ensure that every applicant is given equal opportunity. Those applicants that we do decide to progress with will be invited to interview during March/April in line with availability. Interviews will normally be conducted by one of our senior lawyers or partners and a representative from the HR department.

Please note that all applications will be collated and reviewed after the closing date and we will respond to applicants after this time. Should you require any further information in advance of this date, please contact us at recruitment@ogier.com