We want to provide you with the skills and experiences to succeed in your career - wherever it may take you. We'll train you across a variety of functions ranging from research, to communication to business development and personal branding.

Graduate program

Our graduate program gives you the chance to start shaping your future and hone your skills in a range of practice areas, providing you with broad-based training and ensuring that you are ready to become a qualified solicitor.

You’ll rotate through three distinct practice areas for six months each and will be assigned a partner and buddy for support.

You’ll get the opportunity to submit practice area preferences before every rotation, including before your first rotation, enabling you to tailor your graduate program to your specific interests. You can also discuss your preferences with our dedicated Graduate Recruitment team. If you are interested in broadening your skills further, you can also apply to complete an international rotation or a rotation through our Digital Law Group or our Legal Operations team. 

360° Support


We know that life in a commercial law firm can seem daunting, and we’re here to provide you with all the support you need. Once you join, you’ll benefit from a two-week induction, ongoing practice group training throughout each rotation, a solicitor assigned as your dedicated “buddy”, regular feedback, plus extensive on-the-job support from solicitors, senior associates and partners.

We support graduates on their pathway to becoming solicitors by providing Practical Legal Training (PLT) and support through the admission process.

All of our graduates attend a further induction program once they are admitted. This national one-day course develops on the key client, financial and people skills needed to take you to the next step of your career. It also provides you with an opportunity to meet and network with your national graduate cohort.

At different times throughout your career you may feel like you need a new challenge or a change. This could mean developing new skills, setting a new direction or focus, starting a new role within the firm, or taking a short break. Pursuing a new path doesn’t mean you have to close off others.

That is why we are committed to redefining how we invest in our people as they pursue diverse personal and professional pathways, both at Herbert Smith Freehills and beyond. Through our Career Pathways program, we will show you the countless personal and professional pathways that are available to you, both inside and outside the firm; demonstrate how you may be supported and rewarded as you develop a wide range of skills and pursue varied opportunities; and empower you to follow your own pathway, whatever that may be, with the firm’s complete support.


Much of our work has a cross-border element and we aim to offer a seamless, integrated service. Our international offices share a number of clients and work together to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters and regulatory issues.

We recognize that international secondments provide considerable benefits to our clients, to the firm and to our graduates. With over 20 offices in Asia, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East we can offer exciting international opportunities to graduates and experienced staff.

Our international network means that we can offer opportunities and experiences that are unrivalled in scope. In 2014 we launched our international secondment program for Australian graduates to our Singapore, Hong Kong and London offices and we are continuing to review and expand our secondment program.




We offer most of our graduate positions to vacation clerkship alumni. From time to time, additional opportunities may be available to apply directly to join the program.

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