You’ll get a taste of what life as an international lawyer is like and what sets us apart from other law firms. You will also meet trainees, associates and partners, and learn about how to write a successful application from our graduate recruitment team.

No matter what stage you are at, or what you studied/are studying, a workshop offers something for everyone. Our workshops have specific eligibility criteria and require an application, whereas our open events are available for anyone to join just by signing up.

Spring scheme


Scheme dates: 7 and 8 April 2021

Application window: 5 October 2020 to 18 February 2021


This two-day scheme will help you develop your understanding of our selection process and the skills you need to demonstrate to secure a place on our vacation scheme. Following this workshop, you may be invited to be fast-tracked for a vacation scheme interview commencing in 2022. This workshop is open to both law and non-law students in their first year of an undergraduate degree.


If you are applying for the spring scheme and your application is successful, you will be invited to the second stage of the process, which is to complete the Watson Glaser test. This psychometric test is designed to assess your ability to assimilate information and understand situations. Practice will help you understand how the test works and the types of skills it is testing, so follow this link to help you prepare.

Graduate workshop

Workshop date: 1 December 2020

Application window: 5 October to 12 November 2020


For graduates of all disciplines, this practical one-day workshop will tell you more about how to apply to Freshfields, including insights from lawyers who applied at a later stage. 


Non-law workshop

Workshop date: 8 December 2020

Application window: 5 October to 12 November 2020

This practical one-day workshop will tell you more about how to apply to Freshfields and include insights from lawyers who studied a subject other than law. The event is open to students and graduates from all backgrounds and degree disciplines. 

Virtual panel presentations: 6th, 13th, 20th October.

Anyone can sign up using the links below.

Sign up to one of our virtual panel presentations during October. You’ll get an insight into life at Freshfields and will hear from a partner, associate and a trainee about their own personal experiences. Graduate recruitment will also talk about the application process for the training contract and other programmes. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions too. We don’t require an application.

Freshfields’ focus events: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, November

Anyone can sign up using the links below.

Sign up to our virtual Freshfields focus events for November 2020 to hear learn about different aspects of life at Freshfields, including pro bono, our diversity and inclusion team, our technology and innovation team and our trainees. We don't require an application for these events.

Please note that our winter 2020 events will all be held virtually. We are hoping our spring scheme can be held in the office, but if not, we will run this virtually as we did in 2020.

To apply for a place on one of our workshops, you need to complete our application form and write a personal statement of up to 400 words.

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If you haven’t yet made up your mind which firm you want to join – or even whether law is for you – a workshop offers the chance to get an inside view of Freshfields.

Twitter | 10 August 2021

Freshfields are recruiting for Legal Solutions Specialists (paralegals) in Manchester! If you are interested in applying please email The application deadline is 13th August 2021.

Twitter | 19 July 2021

Our Manchester Hub has a number of vacancies for Document Controllers in the Documents Specialist Team. For more information please contact the Manchester Recruitment Team on