Hints and tips

Remember your application is your opportunity to demonstrate the qualities we are looking for. It is your chance to show us your strengths and tell us why we need to meet you. We recruit people with the desire and ability to be exceptional, commercial lawyers. This means that we look for more than just a great academic record and strong technical aptitude. We seek people who are curious, empathetic and understand the importance of building relationships with clients and colleagues.

We also look for an international mind-set and a desire to work within our global network, not just one office. We are also interested to see applications from students with language ability, particularly fluent/native Mandarin (written and oral) skills.

Here are a couple of useful tips to remember.

Personalise your application

Tailor your application by conducting thorough research. Our website and social media channels are good places to start. What stands out about us? The more you learn about us, our values and our areas of expertise, the more helpful it will be for your application: this proactive approach will demonstrate your motivation.

Remember, it’s a two-way process

Meet our people by visiting us at events or careers fairs. Think about who you will be meeting in advance and what you would like to ask them. Our lawyers can give you a real insight into who we are, what we do and how we do it. This is your chance to get to know us in a more informal environment and find out whether we are right for you.

Link experience to law

When talking about your experience, explain how the skills you have gained are relevant to a career in law – and to Herbert Smith Freehills specifically. Consider the way we work and the skills and abilities we look for to deliver high quality services to our clients.

We are looking for individuals

We recognise and value the differences that make us unique. By embracing diverse views, we can provide our clients with innovative solutions. Be yourself throughout the application process and emphasise the qualities that make you stand out.

If you are invited to a first round interview, we will ask you to complete our online psychometric assessment beforehand. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions – your responses simply provide insight into where your likely strengths lie.

Show your potential

We are not looking for the finished product and we know that gaining legal work experience is increasingly difficult. What we are looking for is your potential to become a Herbert Smith Freehills lawyer. Demonstrate the transferable skills you have gained through the experience you have – legal or non-legal.

We have also partnered with the Rare Contextual Recruitment System to help us to better gain a more complete picture of your experiences and the context in which these achievements have been gained.

Check and double-check

Before you apply, don’t forget to double-check your application for typos.

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