updated on 22 September 2020
Attending a virtual open day or insight scheme is a valuable opportunity to meet a law firm’s people, learn about life in the organisation and establish the first connection that could eventually lead to a training contract. Although the coronavirus pandemic makes in-person events impossible for the autumn term, there is still plenty going on that students should be aware of.
Here is an overview of open days and insight schemes to apply for over the autumn and beyond. This list is extensive but not comprehensive, so be sure to check the LCN Diary and firms’ websites and social media for opportunities. Start by investigating the firm’s profile on LawCareers.Net to introduce yourself to its business, work areas, offices and so on, then if your interest has been sparked, head to its recruitment site to find out more and apply.
Ahead with Ashurst is a week-long programme for first-year law students or second-year law students on a four-year course. The scheme will run over 12-16 April 2021.
Applications are open from 5 October – 8 January.
General open days have already taken place over Zoom this month, with the following online events upcoming:
Bristows’ open days focus on intellectual property (IP), the firm’s key specialism. Students can apply to attend the following webinars:
To be eligible to attend one of the general IP workshops, students must be in the second, penultimate or final year of an undergraduate degree (any subject). The IP workshop for scientists and engineers is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate science and engineering degrees.
BCLP open days are taking place on:
The firm is also hosting its Manchester Apprenticeship Open Day on 11 February 2021 (apply by 31 January).
Virtual presentation evenings are taking place on:
Applications open on 1 October (application deadline 16 November).
The magic circle firm hosts ACCEPT, a one-day conference where LGBT+ students interested in a career in law network and discuss relevant issues with senior role models in the profession.
The event takes place on Wednesday 25 November 2020 (application deadline 11 November).
The firm’s London and Manchester insight days are taking place virtually over Zoom on the following dates:
Applications open in October and are accepted on a rolling basis.
Open days will take place in 2021, with students who attend having the opportunity to secure a place on the firm’s spring and/or summer vacation schemes.
Applications are open 1 October 2020 – 3 January 2021.
Students can apply to the following open days:
The magic circle is running ‘pathfinder’, a two-day insight programme for first-year students or those in the second year of a four-year course. Events take place on 15-16 March 2021 and 14-15 April 2021.
Applications are open 5 January – 8 February.
The firm is running a first-year insight day (date to be confirmed). Applications open on 1 October 2020 and close on 28 February 2021.
Details of Mayer Brown’s 2021 open days will be available on 1 November 2020, when applications open. The application deadline is 31 January 2021.
First-year undergraduates and those in the second year of a four-year course can apply for the firm’s ‘first step’ programme. Applications are open from 4 January to 14 February 2021. Telephone interviews will be held in March 2021 and successful candidates will attend the programme from 19 to 23 July 2021.
The firm is running two-day insight schemes for first-year law and second-year non-law students, involving hands-on work experience.
The schemes will take place over the Easter 2021 holidays. Applications open on 1 October 2020 and close on 28 February 2021.
Open days at Shearman & Sterling are taking place on the following Wednesdays:
Each open day includes an overview of the firm and its place in the legal market; an introduction to core trainee practice areas – M&A, finance and project development & finance; a panel Q&A session with trainees; an interactive workshop with the graduate recruitment team; and networking with partners, associates, trainees and graduate recruitment.
Insight evenings will be taking place in 2021. Applications are open 1 September – 30 November 2020.
The firm is running open days for first-year students (law and non-law) on:
Applications open on 1 October 2020 and close on 18 December 2020. These open days may take place virtually (to be confirmed).
Virtual insight days take place on the following dates:
Open days at the firm’s office are planned for:
Applications for Vinson & Elkins’ 2021 Spring open day are open between 1 November 2020 – 5 February 2021. Open day date to be confirmed.
The firm's open day will take place in December 2020. Applications opened on 1 October.
The firm is hosting an insight day on Thursday 12 November 2020 (application deadline 1 November).
White & Case’s open day takes place on Wednesday 11 November 2020. Applications open on 1 October (deadline 1 November).
Josh Richman is the senior editorial manager at LawCareers.Net.