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!

FirmOpportunityDateApplication deadline
Charles Russell Speechlys LLPOpen daysVirtual open day – 11 November 2021; London open day – 8 December 2021; Guildford open day – 14 December 2021; Cheltenham open day – 16 December 202114 November 2021
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & HamiltonInsight dayMarch 202225 February 2022
Clyde & CoBright Futures programmeTBCTBC
CMSInsight weekApril 2022TBC
Covington & Burling LLPInsight Days 2022Please visit websitePlease visit website
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLPVacation schemeTBCTBC
ForstersOpen daysThroughout the yearSee website
Irwin Mitchell LLPOpen eveningsOctober-December 2021See website for details
Kirkland & Ellis International LLPOpen dayMarch 202213 February 2022
Leathes PriorInsight evening3 February 2022
Macfarlanes LLPFirst year insight scheme19-22 April 202231 January 2022
Macfarlanes LLPFirst year skills development initiative31 March 2022
Michelmores LLPMichelmores open dayJanuary 2022 (exact date TBC). Further details can be found on our website later in the yearTBC. Further details can be found on our website later in the year
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPOpen daySpring23 February 2022
Norton Rose FulbrightFirst Step programme18-22 July 20226 March 2022
Osborne ClarkeInsight schemeEaster 202228 February 2022
Stephens Scown LLPGraduate recruitment open eveningAutumnPlease contact anna.platten@stephens-scown.co.uk for more information.
Stephenson HarwoodOpen days – both in the office and virtualVirtual 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 dayApril 2022Please see website.
TLT LLPInsight schemeSpring holidays28 February 2022
Vinson & Elkins RLLPOpen daySpring 2022 (For students who are due to graduate in 2024)Applications open 1 November 2021 and close 4 February 2022
Watson Farley & Williams LLPOpen dayDecember 202126 November 2021
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLPFast track scheme18-19 May 202220 March 2022
White & Case LLPInsight scheme4-5 May or 11-12 May 202231 March 2022