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Would you like to develop key skills needed for employment and get your first insight into life at a commercial law firm?

In today's world, securing your dream job is just the tip of the iceberg and getting to the top requires perseverance, adaptability, enthusiasm and the right experience.  

Work experience is an invaluable tool and we recognise the importance of gaining employability skills to kick start your career.  

Bond Dickinson has a number of opportunities across each of our locations, to help you develop your skills and gain experience, as part of our early careers programme. 

Whether you're thinking about your GSCE's, completing your A-Levels or starting university, we have a variety of workshops and placements to introduce you to the work of a commercial law firm and to help you with your career choices. You'll do this through skills workshops, presentations and networking sessions which also allow you the opportunity to meet people from around our business. 

Apply online for our work experience scheme

Get in touch

Early Careers Co-ordinator
T:+44 (0)191 279 9762

Our Programmes – Steps to Success


If you are age 14 and above and would like to learn more about career opportunities and the skills needed for employment apply for our Inspire programme. Inspire offers two hour workshops throughout the year where you will be introduced to Bond Dickinson, the range of careers available in a law firm and some of the skills that are important for your future.


If you are age 16 and above and studying for your A-Levels or equivalent apply for our Insight programme to learn more about Bond Dickinson, career paths, and a variety of activities to build on your skills. In a jam-packed, yet fun and interactive day, you will have the opportunity to network with peers, meet colleagues from around the business and learn more about teamwork, negotiation, research and other important skills.  


If are you age 16 or above and looking to secure your first work experience? A career in a law firm isn't limited to the work of our lawyers. Our business is made up of many different business professionals so if you're thinking about a career in law, Human Resources, IT, Marketing or Business Development, Events Management, Facilities Management, Business Administration or secretarial, our Experience Programme could be for you. Experience offers the opportunity to spend a  number of days with a variety of teams across the business – not only gaining experience in your desired career but experience of a business and how teams successfully work together.

Please note the Experience programme does not form part of our Graduate Recruitment process. If you have previous experience, currently studying or graduated and looking to apply for our Graduate Programme, click here to find out more.

Graduate open days 

Join us on an open day to learn more about Bond Dickinson and our Graduate Recruitment Process. Taking part in group tasks and mock recruitment exercises the day will help you feel more confident during assessment days and the graduate recruitment process as a whole.

Other schools and organisations

We work with a number of schools and organisations throughout the UK, delivering skills workshops, offering work experience programmes and attending careers events.   Some examples of our current programmes and organisations we work with include PRIME, Pathways to Law, NE1 Can and Business in the Community.

If you're  a student, parent, or education establishment and would like to know more about these opportunities we'd love to hear from you.


Are you looking for an alternative to university and interested in joining a top law firm? Click here to learn more about our apprenticeship opportunities and how you can apply.

Graduate recruitment

Second year of a non-law degree, final year of a law degree student or university graduate?  We recruit our Trainee Solicitors two years in advance. Our applications will open in October 2017 for Training Contracts starting in September 2020. As you're  eligible to apply for a training contract, please visit our dedicated microsite for more information and apply online. 

What students think?

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bond Dickinson and I feel I gained an overall understanding what it is like to work in a human resources department."

"Being involved in so many different things was so exciting and allowed me to learn a great deal."

"I leave Bond Dickinson surer than ever of my goals for the future, and incredibly grateful to have been given this invaluable opportunity."

"It was actually my first experience of law and I enjoyed it so much that I ended up pursuing the profession. Although you were no doubt just going about your day, you made a big effort to explain things to me and make me feel welcome. All of your colleagues went out of their way to make my time at the firm productive and interesting. An everyday experience for all of you actually ended up changing my life."

How do you apply?

If you would like to apply for one of our programmes click here to complete the online application form. 

We continually review the applications received and hold workshops and placements throughout the year. We receive a large number of applications and, if your application is successful, we'll contact you once we've been able to reserve a place for you on the relevant programme.

Programmes coming up

Inspire Insights Experience Open Days

October 2017

November 2017

October 2017

November 2017


Please note, we need a minimum number of attendees to run a workshop and therefore dates will be arranged once spaces are booked. If a programme is fully booked and your application is successful, you will be booked onto the next available date.