Training contract

About the contract
If you’re an outstanding law graduate, fluent in Mandarin and ready to make your mark in a world-leading firm, consider applying to our two-year training contract. Based in our Hong Kong office, you’ll work on high-profile cases and deals for prestigious clients while developing a thorough understanding of the law.
Life as a future joiner We take the development and welfare of our future lawyers very seriously. Even before starting the training contract with us, you'll be invited to social events in our office and start building your network. We also know that life in a commercial law firm can feel daunting, but you’ll be well supported through mentorship, training sessions and workshops. You’ll also have regular conversations with partners and HR about your seat choices and qualification options, and the option to take a secondment at one of our overseas offices or with a client.
Be a part of everything
Over the two-year training contract, you’ll rotate across four, six-month seats, giving you the chance to experience different practice areas before committing to a specialism. All trainees spend time in corporate and dispute resolution, but you can also choose to sit in finance, employment, energy, corporate, crime and investigations, competition and international arbitration.
Who can apply?
All vacation scheme students will be interviewed for the training contract. If you’re applying directly, you’ll undergo an online assessment, an interview with two partners and a 1-hour translation test. Before making you an offer, you’ll be invited on a 2-week mini vacation scheme.


Investing in our future lawyers means looking after both your professional and personal growth. Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy during your early years at Herbert Smith Freehills:
22 days’ annual leave, plus travel insurance
Group medical insurance
Group disability income protection insurance
Group life insurance
Confidential employee assistance programme
Rental reimbursement scheme
Subsidised dental plan
Wellbeing fund

Our training contract

At Herbert Smith Freehills we recognise that talented people grow best by experiencing work which excites, challenges and stretches them whilst receiving the appropriate blend of support and structured learning to ensure they thrive. We believe that your growth will define our success as a firm. That's why we've kept it front of mind when designing our Training Contract.
Any questions?
View a selection of frequently asked questions about life at the firm and our range of opportunities.