First Steps Programme Manchester 2024

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Our First Steps Programme has been designed for first year students or those in their second year of a four year course. The programme will give you an insight into a career at Fieldfisher and put you in a strong position to apply for any other Early Careers programme in the future.

On day one, you'll learn more about us, our culture, work and our strategy. You will also attend workshops that will help you develop your personal and professional skillset.

During day two you'll shadow a Trainee or an Associate, gaining real life experience of a Solicitor in a commercial City Law Firm. You will also have a number of opportunities to socialise with our Fee Earners through networking events and an evening social.

First Steps with Fieldfisher will take place in Manchester on 3 & 4 April 2024 and in London on 9 and 10 April 2024.

Please note that these dates are subject to change.


  • Applicants must be a first year student or a student in their second year of a four year course.
  • On track to achieve a 2:1 in any degree discipline
  • Dedicated to a career in the Law

Recruitment process

  1. Application form
  2. Online strengths assessment

We have designed our application process to be rigorous, yet fair. We don't review applications on a rolling basis, however we would encourage an early submission if possible.

As with all application processes, there are several stages but our dedicated Early Careers Team will be on hand throughout the entire process to give you all support you need. 

The company

At Fieldfisher, people are vital to our success. Our clients choose us for our expertise, our understanding, and our insight. Without the support and fresh perspectives of our Trainees and Apprentices, this would not be possible.

But it’s not just about providing award-winning, cutting edge advice, it’s about our relationships with our clients and with each other – we pride ourselves on our Fieldfisher community. We are a caring, sharing bunch with huge numbers involved in Corporate Responsibility. We promote inclusiveness and diversity, encourage innovation and endorse collegiality every step of the way.

Our offering is unique.  Yes, you will get to work with some amazing clients like the BBC or may be seconded to one of our international offices, but you will also work with some incredible people who are industry experts in their field. These are the people who will guide and nurture you and inspire you to achieve great things.

We believe in giving you maximum exposure and a variety of experiences, which is essential if you are to become the lawyer of tomorrow and be a trusted advisor to your clients. We encourage all Fieldfisher employees to bring their real selves to work, so there’s a place for every background, interest, and degree of discipline at our firm. We have a number of programmes and opportunities available for students who are interested in a career in law.

Whether you're at school or University, we have something for you. With Trainees and Apprentices based in our Birmingham, London, and Manchester offices, we can assure you that you will join a network of hard-working, diligent, and professional employees.

DEADLINE 6th January 2024