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
Addleshaw Goddard First year scheme Please visit website for information
Bristows LLP First year workshop 31 March 2021 28 February 2021
Burges Salmon Presentation evenings and open days Check the website for dates and how to apply.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Insight day March 2021 28 February 2021
Clifford Chance Clifford Chance SPARK Summer 2021 10 December 2020
Clyde & Co LLP Bright Futures Programme (first-year law and second-year non-law social mobility programme) 22-26 March 2021 Applications open 1 October 2020 and close 3 January 2021
CMS First Steps – 1 week insight programme April 2021 4 January 2021
Cooley (UK) LLP Insight event April/May 2021 End of February 2021
Covington & Burling LLP Insight days March 2021 28 February 2021
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP Open day (for all areas of the business, including business support) TBC TBC
Hogan Lovells Insight events 16 April 2021 (virtual academy), 16-17 June 2021 and 18-19 August 2021 28 February 2021
Irwin Mitchell Open evenings Various between October-December See website for details
Kingsley Napley LLP Work experience programme April-September each year February each year
Kingsley Napley LLP KN careers insight evening TBC – was being arranged however delayed due to COVID. Please keep an eye on our website recruitment page for more information. TBC
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP Open day March 2021 14 February 2021
Leathes Prior Insight evening For first year law students, GDL and final year non-law, and takes place in March. No formal application needed, just email Anastasia with your details and why you would like to visit.
Macfarlanes LLP First year insight day TBC 28 February 2021
Mayer Brown International LLP Open day TBC (Usually March/April) 31 January 2021
Michelmores LLP Open day Across December 2020 and January 2021. Further details will be added to our website later in the year. December 2020
Mills & Reeve Insight evenings February 2021 Please see our website for details
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Open day April 2021 Midnight on 28 February 2021
Osborne Clarke LLP Insight scheme Easter 2021 28 February 21
Reed Smith LLP Open day 4 and 11 November 2020 TBC
Stephenson Harwood LLP Open days – both in the office and virtual Virtual open days – 26 November 2020, 9 December 2020; office open days – 20 January 2021, 17 March 2021 31 January 2021
Taylor Wessing LLP Open day March 2021 (up to 30 places) Please visit website for application deadlines
Vinson & Elkins RLLP Open day Spring 2021 5 February 2021
Watson Farley & Williams Open days December 2020 20 November 2020
White & Case LLP First year two-day insight scheme Please see website 31 March 2021