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
Addleshaw GoddardFirst year schemesPlease visit website for application deadlines.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLPOpen daysLondon 7 December 2022; Cheltenham 8 December 2022; Guildford 13 December 2022; Virtual 11 January 202316 November 2022
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPInsight day22 March 202328 February 2023
Clifford ChanceSPARK (five-day paid scheme)26-30 June 2023 and 17-21 July 20239 February 2023 at 11.59pm
CMSFirst StepsSpring Vacation Scheme24 December 2022
Cooley (UK) LLPInsight eventApril/May 202328 February 2023
CrippsVacation scheme26 June-7 July 202331 January 2023
CrippsOnline insight sessionsEvening sessions in March and April. Dates tbc.Please visit website for application deadlines.
HFWInsight day22 March 202328 February 2023
Kirkland & Ellis International LLPOpen day01 March 202305 February 2023
Latham & WatkinsOpen dayFebruary 2023Please see website for deadlines
Leathes PriorSummer vacation schemeSummer 202323 July 2023
Michelmores LLPOpen day29 January 202327 January 2023
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPOpen day01 April 202318 January 2023
Norton Rose FulbrightOpen days2 November, 15 March and 21 June 20231 January 2023
RPCVacation scheme15 January 2023
Taylor Wessing LLPFirst-year insight scheme17-18 April 202301 October 2022
TLT LLPTwo-day insight schemeSummer 202301 April 2023
Vinson & Elkins RLLPSpring 202304 February 2023
Watson Farley & Williams LLPOpen day14 December 2022Late November 2022
Wedlake Bell LLPOpen day05 January 202330 November 2022 (applications open 1 November 2022)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLPFast track scheme19 March 2023
White & Case LLPTwo-day insight scheme3-4 May 2023 and 10-11 May 202331 March 2023
Wilkin Chapman LLPFive-day work experience placementsEaster and Summer 202331 January 2023