First year opportunities


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!

Firm Opportunity Date Application deadline
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Open days Virtual open day – 11 November 2021; London open day – 8 December 2021; Guildford open day – 14 December 2021; Cheltenham open day – 16 December 2021 14 November 2021
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Insight day March 2022 25 February 2022
Clyde & Co Bright Futures programme TBC TBC
CMS Insight week April 2022 TBC
Covington & Burling LLP Insight Days 2022 Please visit website Please visit website
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP Vacation scheme TBC TBC
Forsters Open days Throughout the year See website
Irwin Mitchell LLP Open evenings October-December 2021 See website for details
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP Open day March 2022 13 February 2022
Macfarlanes LLP First year insight scheme 19-22 April 2022 31 January 2022
Macfarlanes LLP First year skills development initiative 31 March 2022
Michelmores LLP Michelmores open day January 2022 (exact date TBC). Further details can be found on our website later in the year TBC. Further details can be found on our website later in the year
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Open day Spring 23 February 2022
Norton Rose Fulbright First Step programme 18-22 July 2022 6 March 2022
Osborne Clarke Insight scheme Easter 2022 28 February 2022
Stephens Scown LLP Graduate recruitment open evening Autumn Please contact anna.platten@stephens-scown.co.uk for more information.
Stephenson Harwood Open days – both in the office and virtual Virtual open days: 24 November 2021, 8 December 2021.
In-office open days: 19 January 2022, 16 March 2022
Applications open 1 October 2021 and close 31 January 2021.
Taylor Wessing LLP ‘Trailblazing’ insight day April 2022 Please see website.
TLT LLP Insight scheme Spring holidays 28 February 2022
Vinson & Elkins RLLP Open day Spring 2022 (For students who are due to graduate in 2024) Applications open 1 November 2021 and close 4 February 2022
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Open day December 2021 26 November 2021
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP Fast track scheme 18-19 May 2022 20 March 2022
White & Case LLP Insight scheme 4-5 May or 11-12 May 2022 31 March 2022