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

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

Womble 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.

Our programmes – steps to success


If you are age 14 or above, studying towards your GCSEs or equivalent, 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 Womble 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 Womble 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 you are aged 16 or above, studying towards your A-Levels or equivalent, and looking to secure your first work experience our Experience programme may 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 is not open to those with previous legal work experience, studying at university or graduated.

Open Days 

If you are in the early stages of your degree or a graduate and considering a career in law join us on an open day to learn more about Womble Bond Dickinson. Taking part in group tasks and mock recruitment exercises the day will help you feel more confident with future assessment days and the skills needed at a commercial law firm.

The next Open Day is on 23 March 2018 at our London office from 9:00am – 2:00pm - Fully booked

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

Final year of a non-law degree, penultimate year of a law degree or university graduate? We recruit our Trainee Solicitors two years in advance. Our applications are open from 2 November 2017 until 28 February 2018 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.

    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 (GSCE)

    20 April 2018

    21 November 2018

    10.00 – 12.00

    10.00 – 12.00



    Insight (A-Level)

    5 March 2018


    April (TBC)

    6 August 2018

    13 August 2018

    August (TBC)

    10.00 - 4.00

    10.00 - 4.00

    10.00 - 4.00

    10.00 - 4.00

    10.00 - 4.00


    Bristol, Plymouth, Southhampton



    London, Bristol, Plymouth

    Experience (A-Level)

    6-9 March 2018

    7-10 August 2018

    14-17 August 2018

    August (TBC)

    9.30 - 4.30

    9.30 - 4.30

    9.30 - 4.30

    9.30 - 4.30




    London, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton

    Open Day (University)

    23 March 2018 - Fully booked

    9.00 – 2.00


    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. 

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Womble 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."

    "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."

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