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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Key dates and deadlines

Take a look at the key application dates and deadlines by opportunity.


Applications for the Vacation Scheme (December 2022) will open from 1 August 2022 to 1 October 2023. We only accept applications from candidates who graduate before May 2023 for this scheme.

Applications for the 2023 Vacation Scheme (June 2023) will open from 1 October 2022 to 1 February 2023.


Direct applications for our Training Contract commencing September 2023 is now open and will close on 5 June 2022.

We will consider 2022 Vacation Scheme Students for 2024 Training Contract and 2023 Vacation Scheme Students for 2025 Training Contract.

To be eligible, you must be able to live and work legally in Singapore. We will not be able to assist with or sponsor your application for a permit to live and work in Singapore.

How to apply

Step one


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


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete an online test. The test comprises three types of question: situational-judgment (SJT), verbal reasoning and personality/behavioural questions. The SJT questions are bespoke to Herbert Smith Freehills and are reflective of the type of scenarios trainees can expect to experience if they were to join the firm. The blended nature of the test is designed to enable applicants to demonstrate their problem-solving and verbal reasoning skills, as well as their approach to scenarios relevant to the work at the firm.

The test takes approximately 30–35 minutes, although there is no strict time limit so candidates may complete the assessment at their own speed. The completion time is, however, recorded and will be considered during scoring.

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Step three



Discuss your motivations for a career in law at Herbert Smith Freehills with our graduate recruitment panel and show you have the key skills to become part of our team.


Engage with a real case study and present your thoughts to a partner.

Recruitment contacts

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

Graduate Recruitment Manager, Asia
[email protected]

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