First year opportunities

Featured firms

It’s never too early to start thinking about law firms and where you might eventually want to apply. And with more and more opportunities for first-year students emerging, it has never been easier to engage with law firms early. With this in mind, see our table of dates and deadlines. Please note that most of the opportunities detailed below are open to students in the first year of a law degree or in the penultimate year of a non-law degree. However, each firm differs so be sure to check individual websites to ensure you are eligible to apply!

Our thanks to Clifford Chance for sponsoring the following table:

Firm Opportunity Date Application deadline
Ashurst ‘Ahead with Ashurst’ vacation scheme for first year law students 6-10 April 2020 5 January 2020
Baker McKenzie LLP First Year Insights Scheme 20-21 April 2020 1 February 2020
Bristows LLP Science & Engineering open day 1 April 2020 29 February 2020
Bristows LLP Undergraduate open day 1 July 2020 29 February 2020
Burness Paull LLP Open day (Spring Insight) April 2020 See website for deadline dates
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Insight day 16 March 2020 28 February 2020
Clifford Chance Clifford Chance SPARK Summer 2020 12 December 2019
Clyde & Co LLP Bright Futures programme – 1st year law students 9-13 December 2019 10 November 2019
CMS First Steps – 1 week insight programme April 2020 January 2020
Cooley (UK) LLP Insight event April/May 2020 End of February 2020
Cripps Pemberton Greenish Open day Spring 2020 31 March 2020
Dechert LLP With The Law Collective, a three day mini summer vacation scheme Please see our website for details Please see our website for details
Forsters December open day and June open day Applications close two weeks before open day
Gateley Plc Work experience August 2020
HFW Open day 16 April 2020 15 March 2020
Hogan Lovells First year insight events (any degree discipline) 8-9 April 2020, 10-11 June 2020 29 February 2020
Hogan Lovells Campus Ambassador Programme (law students) Year round 29 February 2020
Jones Day Open day/question times at our offices Various. Please see the Events page on our website n/a
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Open day March 2020 16 February 2020
Latham & Watkins Open day February & March 2020 Please check our website for details
Leathes Prior Insight evening 12 March 2020 Please check our website for details
Macfarlanes LLP Open day TBC 28 February 2020
Michelmores Open day Exeter December 2019 November/December 2019
Michelmores Open day London and Bristol January 2020 November/December 2019
Mills & Reeve Insight day Easter 2020 TBC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP Open day April 2020 28 February 2020
Roythornes Limited At home with Roythornes 4 December 2019 15 November 2019
Sidley Austin LLP Open days 24 March and 31 March 2020 24 February 2020
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP Open day Spring 2020
Stephens Scown LLP Networking events, work experience, pro bono/volunteering opportunities,
Q & A sessions
See website for dates We currently do not have a closing date on applications, when we have reached our allocated number we will close the application process for that year
Stephenson Harwood Open days 15 January 2020, 12 February 2020, 18 March 2020, 22 April 2020 31 January 2020
Vinson & Elkins Open day 18 March 2020 7 February 2020
Ward Hadaway Work experience at any of our three offices – Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester
Watson Farley & Williams Open day 11 December 2019 25 November 2019