Bright Sparks Team Administrator Work Experience

We offer a two week work experience placement for CILEx Level 3 students in our London office. Our 2019 Team Administrator placement will commence on Monday 18 February 2019 and conclude on Friday 1 March 2019.

Learn something new every day

Bright Sparks provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and be mentored through the business services sectors of the legal world. It is suitable for those who want to pursue a secretarial career in law, but also provides valuable experience for those interested in other legal business services roles.


What you'll be doing

During your time with us, you can expect to spend time in two different legal practice groups (one contentious and one non-contentious) being mentored by members of our current secretarial team. Opportunities will also exist to meet employees in other business services teams to gain a full understanding of how business services teams work in a law firm and provide the legal teams with the services they need.

You will be taking part in a variety of workshops and skills sessions, such as a 1:1 CV clinic, a mock interview, and telephone etiquette skills – all of which will help you develop your skills and take ownership of your future.

You'll also be invited to partake in an assessment centre, where you will undertake a few small exercises around proofreading, intray work and billing (maths), together with a spelling test and an interview with our secretarial team leaders. You'll find out what you do well and understand what you can do better. Attending the assessment centre could open up potential career opportunities following the completion of your CILEx course.

Lunch will be provided and reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


"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 and open-minded students undertaking their CILEx Level 3 course to join our Bright Sparks programme. Students who want to get stuck in and try new things. To be eligible, students also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have attended or are attending a state (non-fee paying) school;
  • Are currently attending college or Sixth Form;
  • Are eligible to work in the UK; and
  • Have been awarded a bursary to assist with the costs of attending College/Sixth Form; or 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).



There are only 10 places, so make sure the form is as well-prepared as possible!

To apply, download and complete the application form below.

Email your completed application form to

Or send your application by post to:

Secretarial Services Manager
Stephenson Harwood LLP
One Finsbury Circus
London EC4M 7SH

Application dates

Applications open: 1 December 2018

Applications close: 31 December 2018


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 Jackson, graduate recruitment, CSR and D&I manager