Training contract

About the contract
Outstanding law graduates are welcome to apply to our two-year training contract. Based in our Singapore office, you’ll work on high-profile cases and deals for prestigious clients. You’ll be well supported through mentorship, training sessions and workshops, and have the opportunity to take a six month secondment, either with a client or in one of our overseas offices. You'll be qualified as an England & Wales solicitor upon completing the training contract.
The SQE Following the introduction of the SQE, we’ve partnered with the BPP University Law School to create a remote, 11-month educational programme for our future trainee solicitors in Singapore. Through the programme, you’ll acquire the knowledge, technical expertise and soft skills you need to pass the SQE assessments and thrive at our firm. We’ll also pay your SQE and course fees in full, and provide you with a monthly maintenance grant while you study.
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.
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 and international arbitration.
Who can apply
All vacation scheme students will be considered for the training contract two years later, so we encourage you to apply for the scheme if you haven’t already. We also accept direct applications for training contract.

​​​​​​​You must be able to live and work legally in Singapore to apply.


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 assurance
Confidential employee assistance programme
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?
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