First year insight scheme

The first year insight scheme is for those in their first year of a three year course or second year of a four year course at university who are considering a career in law. It gives you an opportunity to meet partners, associates and trainees at the firm so come along with plenty of questions.

Scheme dates

  • Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 April

During the week, you take part in:

  • a negotiation exercise;
  • an application skills workshop;
  • a group project;
  • lunch with associates and trainees;
  • speed networking with all our practice areas; and
  • work shadowing a trainee.

The application skills workshop walks you through our application form. Our early legal careers team also provide you with their top tips for success. Shadowing a trainee offers invaluable experience, and you get to see first-hand the work that goes on in a practice area. You may sit in on a conference call, help with research or look through a draft agreement.

The insight scheme is a good first step towards the vacation scheme and the training programme. You leave having had a real behind-the-scenes experience of working at a commercial law firm.

It was the exposure to real work and to associates across practice areas and at different levels at Macfarlanes that really impressed me.
George Mitkov Associate