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Join our First Year Workshop
It’s never too early to start building your future in law. Join us on one of the Herbert Smith Freehills first year workshops and start today.
What you will be doing
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.
Each spring, we run 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 get to shadow one of our current trainees, followed by 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 could build a future here.
• Workshop One: 6 – 7 April 2020
• Workshop Two: 20 – 21 April 2020
• Apply between: 1 January – 31 January 2020 (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 won’t need to interview for a place on the workshop.
What we look for
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.
We are Herbert Smith Freehills
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.
Herbert Smith Freehills – The future of law is here.
With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, we’re the firm where you can build your future in law.
By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we can offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a law firm ready to lead the future. 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 add your insight and expertise from day one.
Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top-quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as various commercial organisations. We operate at the forefront of many exciting sectors and no other firm has more Chambers rankings.
Our dispute resolution practice is widely recognised as number one globally and this includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit. We can therefore offer a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative career to the Bar. We also specialise in finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a truly global law firm, we do this by attracting the brightest minds across the world to collaborate on work which has an international impact.
At Herbert Smith Freehills, we recognise and appreciate all the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture of inclusion that fosters these differences is fundamental to our business and the diverse clients and communities we work with. Embracing a diversity of backgrounds and views means we attract and retain the best talent and continue to do the pioneering work that offers our clients the most considered and effective advice.