• Competitive

First Year Workshop

Herbert Smith Freehills

  • Salary

  • Type of firm

    City Law Firms

  • Location


  • Vacancies

  • Deadline


It’s never too early to take control of your career. Join us on one of the Herbert Smith Freehills first year workshops and start today.

We’re a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, you don’t just watch from the side lines here, you hit the ground running and tackle important issues.

By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a reputation for excellence across legal disciplines, business sectors and continents. Our progressive approach allows us to continually break new ground; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. You'll get involved in new situations and experiences and discover new skills to learn and apply.

Experiencing life at a law firm during your first year of study opens up a world of opportunities. You’ll discover what it’s like to be a lawyer, the work we do, how we do it and how we think. It’s a great way to learn if a career in law is right for you and it will give you the tools to make a successful application for a vacation scheme later on.

What will I be doing?

Each spring, we run two, two-day workshops at our London office. You’ll hear from leading lawyers, take part in interactive sessions covering subjects like Corporate Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, insights into our pro bono work and a careers fair. You’ll also shadow one of our current trainees and attend an evening social event. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a good idea of what life at the firm is really like and whether you’re ready to take control of your career.  

What we look for

You don’t need to study law to attend. In fact, we welcome students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. We’re looking for people with motivation for a career in law, strong academics and individuals with the potential to become exceptional lawyers. 

Key dates

  • Workshop One: 11 – 12 April 2022

  • Workshop Two: 25 – 26 April 2022

  • Apply between: 1 – 31 January 2022 (open to first-year students and second-year students on a four-year course) 

To apply, you’ll need to complete our online application form and blended online assessment. You don’t need to interview for a place on the workshop. If you’re offered a place on one of the workshops and decide to apply for a vacation scheme, you won’t need to retake the online assessment and we’ll fast track your application to review stage.


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