Work experience

Bright Sparks work experience programme

What is the Bright Sparks work experience programme?

Stephenson Harwood, an international law firm, offers one week’s work experience for year 12 students in our London office. 

It is suitable for those interested in a career in law, but also for those interested in Human Resources, IT, Marketing & Business Development, and Accounts.

It will include workshops on writing your CV, interviewing, time management and developing your personal brand. You will have the opportunity to take part in a 1:1 CV clinic and mock interview. You will take part in a group project during your time with us, working together with other students on the Bright Sparks work experience programme.

Please note that lunches will be provided and reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

  • Dates for the Bright Sparks work experience programme

    The next work experience programme will be 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017.

    Applications open 1 January 2017 until 31 March 2017.

  • Why should you apply?

    • Work experience is now an essential stepping stone to learning about the world of work

    • Enhance your UCAS application

    • Boost your CV and career prospects

    • Get information about the range of careers available in the legal profession and wider business

    • Develop key personal and business skills that are essential in the working world

    • A chance to see what you can do

    • Find out what you do well and learn what you can do better

    • Find yourself in new situations, learn something new every day and get the confidence to use these lessons in your everyday lives

  • Who can apply?

    To be eligible, the students need to meet the following criteria:

    • Attend a state (non-fee paying) school;

    • Are school age students in year 12;

    • Are eligible to work in the UK; and

    • Are or have been eligible for free school meals (or where this information is difficult or sensitive to obtain, the participant attends a school that is significantly above the regional average in terms of number of students eligible for free school meals); or

    • Would be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university

  • What do we expect from you?

    Please only apply for the Bright Sparks work experience programme if you are happy to agree to the following:

    • Be enthusiastic and open-minded

    • Get stuck in – try new things

    • Turn up on time

    • Ask questions

    • Honour your commitment

    • Be professional!

    • Feedback on your input during the Bright Sparks work experience will be reported back to your school.

  • How to apply

    • Complete an application form – you can download an application form by clicking on the button below.

    • For the next Bright Sparks work experience programme applications open 1 January 2017 until 31 March 2017.

    • There are only 10 places – make sure the form is as well prepared as possible!

    • Send completed forms to or to:
      Graduate Recruitment Assistant
      Stephenson Harwood LLP
      One Finsbury Circus
      London EC4M 7SH

    • To find out more about the firm please refer to our corporate website:

  • Application form

  • Careers guide

    Roxanne Chambers
    I wanted to work for a firm that had an international presence, diverse practice areas, a small, close-knit trainee intake and a non-hierarchical culture. I got all that with Stephenson Harwood!
    Roxanne Chambers
    University of Sussex
    Edward Irving
    The firm is big enough to get great exposure to important clients, but small enough to make you feel valued.
    Edward Irving
    Durham University
    Hyunwu Kang
    Supervisors are always very good at providing you with a context within which to frame your thinking for a task. This really helps you to focus on understanding the bigger picture.
    Hyunwu Kang
    University of Leicester
    Fiona Mills
    It is definitely a firm where you are given a lot of responsibility as a trainee. You are encouraged to ask lots of questions if you are unsure so that you learn a lot very quickly.
    Fiona Mills
    University of Leeds
    Gautham Chandrakumar
    I have received on-the-job training through consistent partner supervision. I have been entrusted with high levels of responsibility throughout my training contract which has enabled me to develop at a much quicker pace.
    Gautham Chandrakumar
    King’s College London
    Alison Kenney
    The sports teams at Stephenson Harwood are a great way to meet colleagues from different practice groups and different roles at the firm.
    Alison Kenney
    University of Leeds
    Madeleine Alexander-Finch
    Trainees are encouraged to see themselves as the future leaders of the firm.
    Madeleine Alexander-Finch
    University of Exeter