Complex cross-border deals. A market-leading disputes division. International secondments. Four seat rotations. If you’re ready to be a part of it all, we’re ready to hear from you.

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Recruitment for 2023 PRC Scholarship will open from 1 February 2022 to 31 March 2022.

Please note that this scholarship is only available to native Mandarin speaking law students who are in their penultimate/final year of undergraduate/postgraduate studies.

How to apply

Step one

Application form

Tell us about your academic credentials, language skills, the skills you’ve gained from extra-curricular activities and work experience, and why you have the motivation and potential to become a great Herbert Smith Freehills lawyer.

Step two

Online test

Demonstrate your problem-solving and verbal reasoning skills, as well as your approach to scenarios relevant to the work at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Don’t underestimate the importance of this stage: it’s a strong indicator of good future performance as a Herbert Smith Freehills lawyer. You can find a practice test on our website to help you prepare.

Step three


There will be two rounds of interviews, including the first round with our China partners, and the second round with our Hong Kong partners (via video conference). 

If you successfully pass the interviews, we'll offer you a 4-week internship in our Beijing or Shanghai office and you'll be given real work for real clients. Based on feedback from your interviews and internship, we'll then decide whether you'll be offered the PRC Scholarship.

Recruitment Contacts

For further details, please contact Helen Lo in the Hong Kong recruitment team

Senior HR Advisor – Recruitment, Asia
T  +852 2845 6639
[email protected]

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