It’s never too early to start thinking about becoming a brilliant lawyer. Join us during your first year of study and you’ll have a great opportunity to gain the skills you’ll need to successfully apply for a vacation scheme or training contract later on.

There are two ways that you can be a part of Herbert Smith Freehills in your first year. You can apply to attend one of our first-year workshops and you can also become one of our campus ambassadors.

First Year Workshops
FIRST-YEAR WORKSHOP

Each spring, we run two-day workshops at our London office. These are designed to give you an idea of what life at the firm is really like. You'll hear from leading lawyers, take part in interactive projects, discover the variety of the law we practice and shadow one of our current trainees.

Applications for our 2018 workshops will open to first year students or second year students on a four year course from any discipline from 1 – 31 January 2018

Scheme dates:

  • 26 - 27 March 2018
  • 9 - 10 April 2018

In order to apply, you will need to complete our online application form and an online verbal reasoning test. We do not interview for places on the workshop. If you are successful in gaining a place on one of our workshops and decide to apply for a training contract or vacation scheme in your penultimate year, you will not need to retake the verbal reasoning test and we will fast-track your application to review stage.

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong academic performance to date and have shown initiative by getting involved in a variety of activities at university.

Campus Manager
CAMPUS AMBASSADOR

Our coveted campus ambassador positions are open to first-year students who wish to perform the role during their second year at university. It’s a fantastic way to gain valuable work experience and find out about the firm. You'll also be paid a competitive salary for the year.

You'll attend a training day at our London office where you will meet with Graduate Recruitment and your university's alumni team which consists of a number of partners, associates and trainees. After that, you’ll be actively involved in putting together a campaign to promote Herbert Smith Freehills to your fellow students on campus - informing them about both the firm and the opportunities available to them.

In order to apply, you will need to complete our online application form and our online verbal reasoning test. We will then interview you at our offices in March and April 2018. If you are successful in gaining a campus ambassador position and decide to apply for a training contract or vacation scheme in your penultimate year, you will not need to retake the verbal reasoning test and we will fast-track your application to review stage.

We are looking for students who demonstrate a strong academic performance to date and have shown initiative by getting involved in lots of different things at university. At interview we will want to understand why you are interested in the firm and how you will work with us to promote our activities on campus.

Applications will open from 1 January 2018 – 20 March 2018 to students from the following universities:

  • Bath
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter
  • KCL
  • Kent
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • LSE
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • QUB
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Sheffield
     
  • SOAS
  • Southampton
  • TCD
  • UCL
  • UEA
  • Warwick
  • York
Excel Scholarships
Roger Leyland Memorial Excel Scholarship

Roger Leyland Memorial Excel Scholarship has been developed by Rare and Herbert Smith Freehills to provide exceptional black and minority ethnic students with a high level of financial support and unique access to work experience opportunities. Applicants should be in their first year of a three-year course or second year of a four-year course, and must be a Rare candidate in order to apply.

The Excel Scholarship has been renamed to the Roger Leyland Memorial Excel Scholarship, in memory of Roger Leyland, the first black partner at the firm. Roger Leyland was a partner at Herbert Smith until his death in October 1996 at the young age of 43 – 20 years ago. He was the first black partner at a leading City firm and chaired The College of Law's ethnic minority subcommittee. Roger was deeply committed to supporting the development of young lawyers, including sitting as a governor on the Council of the College of Law.

Applications open on our website on 1 November 2016. For further information please visit the Rare website.

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Benefits

FIRST YEAR WORKSHOP
  • Accommodation is provided and reasonable travel expenses are paid
  • Evening social event to network with members of the firm
  • Great insight into the work we do through work shadowing and interactive presentations
CAMPUS AMBASSADOR
  • A competitive salary
  • Trainee buddy from your university
  • Excellent insight into the recruitment process
  • Great experience to add to your CV
EXCEL SCHOLARSHIP
  • An award of £9000, over three years of study
  • A guaranteed place on Herbert Smith Freehills’ first year workshop
  • Two weeks’ paid work experience during the summer of their first year
  • A guaranteed interview for the summer scheme (conditional on reaching the required benchmark in your first year exams)
  • Personal study sessions with Rare’s Melissa Andrewes, a former Head of Students at the University of Law
  • Attendance at events

Your Application

Get an understanding of what it takes to make a great first impression and take the first step to a rewarding career with us.