Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience


This year, we’re offering up to 80 two-year training contracts for intakes to our London office in spring and autumn 2024 and, in addition, we’ll also be offering a number of training contracts to commence in spring 2025.

You can apply either directly for a training contract or, if you’re a penultimate-year undergraduate student, via a vacation scheme. Find out how to prepare for each stage of our application process.

Apply for training contract.

Apply directly for a training contract:

Winter training contract application window: 4 October 2021 to 6 January 2022

Who can apply:

  • final-year law and non-law students
  • law and non-law graduates

Summer training contract application window: 1 June to 14 July 2022

Who can apply:

  • penultimate and final-year undergraduate law students (UK law degree)
  • law graduates (UK law degree)
  • GDL/PGDL graduates

For direct training contract applications, we will be holding virtual interviews between March and August 2022.

Am I eligible?

If you are a non-law student, you are eligible to apply in the final year of your undergraduate degree or as a graduate.

If you are a law (UK LLB) student, you are eligible to apply in the penultimate or final year of your undergraduate degree, or as a graduate.

You can apply once per academic year, so if you apply for a training contract during the winter application window, you cannot apply again during the following summer application window.

Apply via our vacation scheme

If you are in your penultimate year at university, you have an alternative option: to apply for a place on our vacation scheme. If you are successful, you can interview for a training contract at the end of the scheme. (This may be a virtual interview)

To apply for a training contract or a place on our vacation scheme, fill out our application form and write a personal statement of up to 850 words. If you are invited to the next stage of the process, you will complete the Watson Glaser test (which assesses critical thinking skills). If you are successful at that stage, we will invite you to a half-day assessment centre.

Applicants with disabilities

Freshfields is committed to being a disability-inclusive employer. We are constantly searching for ways to attract and progress our disabled talent. We partner with Business Disability Forum, who help organisations become disability smart, and are part of their Global Taskforce. We also work with Myplus Consulting who advise on better attracting, retaining and progressing talented disabled undergraduates and graduates, and EmployAbility, who provide personalised adjustments advice.

If you have a disability, we want you to be able to show your full potential. We will provide any adjustments and/or support you need during the recruitment process. Adjustments we can make include assistive technology, extra time, offering interviews at a specific time and ensuring ease of physical access.

Please let us know as soon as you can if you think you would benefit from any adjustments. Email or call +44 20 7785 5554. Of course, all conversations will be kept confidential. To learn more about what Freshfields is doing to support our colleagues who are affected by disability, visit our diversity and inclusion page.

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