First Year Opportunities - Dates and Deadlines

It's never too early to start thinking about law firms and where you might eventually want to apply. And with more and more opportunities for first-year students emerging, it has never been easier to engage with law firms early. With this in mind, see our table of dates and deadlines. Please note that most of the opportunities detailed below are open to students in the first year of a law degree or in the penultimate year of a non-law degree. However, each firm differs so be sure to check individual websites to ensure you are eligible to apply!

Firm What? Date Deadline
Addleshaw Goddard Open Day Several 6 January 2019
Ashurst Ahead with Ashurst 8 – 12 April 2019 6 January 2019
Baker McKenzie Insight Scheme 17 – 18 April 2019 31 January 2019
Bird & Bird Insight Day TBC TBC
Bristows Open Day 4 July 2019 28 February 2019
Burges Salmon Insight Day 17 April 2019 22 March 2019
Clifford Chance Spark 24-28 June 2019 or 15-19 July 2019 16 December 2018
CMS First Steps Check website 4 January 2019
Cooley Meet Cooley TBC 28 February 2019
Covington & Burling Insight Day April 2019 28 February 2019
HFW Insight Day 20 March 2019 6 March 2019
Hogan Lovells Insight Event 10, 11 April 2019 and 12, 13 June 2019 2 January – 28 February 2019
Irwin Mitchell Open Evening November and December 2018 Various
Kingsley Napley Work Experience Ongoing Ongoing
Kirkland & Ellis Open Day March 2019 17 February 2019
Latham & Watkins Open Day 21 February and 13 March 2019 7 February 2019
Macfarlanes First Year Insight Day 2 April 2019 28 February 2019
Mayer Brown Open Day 28 March 2019 31 January 2019
Michelmores Open Day 17 January 2019 (Exeter) and 21 January 2019 (London) 2 January 2019
Mishcon de Reya Open Day 28 March 2019 24 February 2019
Norton Rose Fulbright First Step 22-26 July 2019 31 January 2019
Osborne Clarke Insight Scheme Easter 28 February 2019
Penningtons Manches Information Day 17 April 2019 31 January 2019
Reed Smith Open Day 6 and 7 March 2019 6 February 2019
RPC Spring Workshop 20 February 2019 14 February 2019
Shoosmiths Insight Evening TBC TBC
Sidley Austin Open Day 5 and 19 March 2019 11 and 25 February 2019 respectively
Simmons & Simmons Spring Insight Scheme 10-11 April 2019 15 February 2019
Slaughter and May Open Day 18, 25 March and 3 April 2019 31 January 2019
Squire Patton Boggs Open Day See firm website  
Stephenson Harwood Open Day 6 January 2019, 13 February 2019, 20 March 2019 and 24 April 2019 31 January 2019
Taylor Wessing Insight Day 26 March 2019 31 December 2018
Vinson & Elkins Open Day 20 March 2019 9 February 2019
Watson Farley & Williams Open Day See firm website  
White & Case Insight Scheme 15-16 May 2019 31 March 2019