It’s never too early to start building your future in law. 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 for first year students or students in the second year of a four year course. 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 an afternoon shadowing a trainee, followed by an evening social event.
Applications are open to first year students and second year students on a four-year course. You should show strong academic performance and initiative, getting involved in a variety of activities at university and beyond. If you have mitigating circumstances that have affected your grades and/or involvement in activities at school or university, including having a disability or long-term health condition, please include as much detail as you’re comfortable with in the additional information box on the online application form. If you’d prefer to have a phone call with the graduate recruitment team, please email: Graduates.UK@hsf.com and a member of the team will get back to you.
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.
These positions are open to first-year students or those in their second year of a four year degree (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.
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 our 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.
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.