Bright Sparks work experience

We offer one week's work experience for year 12 students in our London office.

This year, join us from 5 - 9 August 2024.

Learn something new every day

Bright Sparks provides an opportunity to gain paid work experience and get an insight into the legal profession. This scheme is suitable for those who want to pursue a career in law.


What you'll be doing

During your time with us, you can expect to take part in a variety of workshops, a 1:1 CV clinic and a mock interview – all of which will help you develop your skills and take ownership of your future.

You'll also take part in a group project during your time with us, working together with other students on the Bright Sparks work experience programme.

You'll be finding out what you do well and learn what you can do better whilst boosting your CV and career prospects.

You will be paid London Living Wage for your week with us, as well as all travel expenses and lunches will be provided.


"Stephenson Harwood fascinated me – every day was a unique experience, as I met so many inspiring members of staff and worked alongside a practising lawyer. My time at Stephenson Harwood not only provided me with an insight into a law career, and the many facets of law I was previously unfamiliar with, but inspired me to excel and achieve my ambition to work in such a prestigious law firm."

Bright Sparks student


What we look for

We're looking for enthusiastic students to join our Bright Sparks programme. To be eligible, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current year 12 student
  • Attend a state (non-fee paying) school
  • Should be eligible to work in the UK.

In addition, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are, or have been, eligible for free school meals
  • You would be the first generation in your immediate family to attend university
  • You are a refugee or asylum seeker.


This year our Bright Sparks programme will run from 5 - 9 August 2024.

To apply for Bright Sparks, please complete our online application form.

To find out more about our Bright Sparks programme download our careers guide below.

Application dates

Applications open: 1 January 2024

Applications close: 20 May 2024


Amir Mahdavi, trainee solicitor

Law, Queen Mary University


Paulina Corbetis, trainee solicitor

Law, Cambridge University


Manon Sel, trainee solicitor

International Development and European Politics, Leeds University


Geon Sik Kang, trainee solicitor

Law, London School of Economics

Inside story

Why we're committed to our Bright Sparks work experience programme

by Sarah Murray, future talent manager