It’s never too early to start becoming a brilliant lawyer. You can begin by applying for one of our first year workshops or interviewing to become a campus ambassador. These opportunities allow you to build your network, prepare for a vacation scheme, and pursue a training contract with us.
First year workshops
Each spring, we run two-day workshops at our London offices. These interactive sessions cover subjects like Corporate Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, insights into our pro bono work, and a careers fair. You’ll also spend a day shadowing a trainee, followed by an evening social event.
- Accommodation provided for students who live outside of London
- Travel expenses paid
- Work shadowing and interactive presentations
- Trainee buddy
- Real insight into the work we do
- Evening social networking event
Applications are open to students of any discipline in their first year, or their second year of a four-year course. You should show strong academic performance and initiative, getting involved in a variety of activities at university and beyond.
To apply to attend, you’ll need to complete our blended online assessment and application form. If you’re offered a place and then choose to apply for a vacation scheme in the next academic year, you won’t need to retake the online assessment and we’ll fast track your application to review stage.
1 January – 15 February 2019
1-2 and 15-16 April 2019
These positions are open to first year students (you’ll act as a campus ambassador during your second year). This role provides you with work experience and deeper insight into our firm, helping you hone key transferable skills, as you organise events and promote Herbert Smith Freehills on campus.
- Competitive salary
- Trainee buddy from your university
- Insight into the recruitment process
- Powerful experience to add to your CV
We’re looking for strong communication skills, enthusiasm and creativity. At interview, we’ll also want to know why you’re interested in our firm and how you’ll work with us to promote our activities.
To apply, you’ll need to complete an online application form and blended online assessment. If you’re offered the role 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.
1 January – 15 February 2019
We recruit campus ambassadors from the following universities:
- Queen Mary, University of London
Roger Leyland Memorial Scholarship Programme
Roger Leyland worked at Herbert Smith Freehills, and was the first black partner at a leading City firm. Roger was deeply committed to the development of young lawyers, including sitting as a governor on the Council of the College of Law.
We founded the Roger Leyland Memorial Scholarship to provide financial support and work experience to exceptional black and minority ethnic students. Applicants should be in their first year of university, or their second year of a four-year course, and must be a Rare candidate.
- £9,000 awarded over three years of study
- Two weeks’ paid summer work experience
- A mentor at the firm
- A guaranteed interview for the summer scheme (conditional on achieving a 2:1 in your first year exams)
- Personal study sessions with Rare’s Melissa Andrewes
- Invitations to exclusive firm events
1 November 2018 - 31 January 2019