Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore is offering paid internship opportunities to law students as well as graduate and post-graduate students who are interested in getting first-hand experience in a leading global law firm.

You will work alongside our partners and associates on tasks and projects for our clients, giving you a chance to gain a real insight into the depth and breadth of our practice areas. In addition, you will also be involved in workshops and presentations and will be invited to a range of formal and informal social events where you will have the opportunity to meet other interns, partners, associates, and trainees. By the end of your internship, you should have a good idea of whether a career with an international law firm is right for you – and whether you could be a part of Herbert Smith Freehills. 

In order to be eligible for our Singapore Internship Scheme, you must:

  • currently be a law student or a recent law graduate. Priority will be given to students and graduates of the law faculties of the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, as well as returning Singaporean law students / graduates from approved US, UK, and Australian universities.
  • be able to live and work legally in Singapore (Herbert Smith Freehills will not be able to assist with or sponsor your application for a permit to live and work in Singapore).
  • commit to a minimum of four weeks of internship in one Practice Group in order to maximise the benefits of this scheme. However if for any reason you require any adjustments in order to be able to participate, please let us know in your application form.

You should be a self-motivated individual with outstanding achievements in academic and extra-curricular activities. You should also be a team player with excellent organisation and communication skills.

You may choose to work in our Corporate Practice Group or our Disputes and International Arbitration Practice Group. Each Practice Group will host one intern at any time.

Our Corporate Practice

Herbert Smith Freehills is a market leader in high value, complex and multi-jurisdictional corporate non-contentious work. We have one of the largest Corporate and M&A teams based in Singapore and a top-tier reputation in many industries, such as energy and natural resources, infrastructure, and TMT. We are the only international firm in Singapore to hold a Band 1 ranking in Chambers for TMT as well as energy and natural resources, acting for top tier clients such as Apple, Telstra, Standard Chartered Bank, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, BP, and the Brunei Economic Development Board.

Our Disputes and International Arbitration Practice

Herbert Smith Freehills is a world leader in dispute resolution. Our Singapore practice is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and we are the only firm to hold a Band 1 ranking in Chambers across the Asia Pacific region and winner of the Asia Legal Business award for Southeast Asia Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2016. We represent global and regional investors, multi-national corporations, governments, and state owned enterprises in complex domestic and cross-border disputes. We have niche subject matter expertise in areas including public international law, corporate crime and investigations, oil and gas decommissioning, and business and human rights. 


The internship scheme is intended to operate for the whole year, on a rolling basis, as set out below.

April, May, June

Apply by 1 March

October, November, December

Apply by 1 September 

We interview on a rolling basis, so please apply early to avoid missing out on an opportunity.

If your initial application is successful, you will be invited for an interview.

What we offer

  • Stipend/allowance of S$250 per week.
  • Placement in our Corporate or Dispute Resolution Practice Groups for an agreed period (minimum four weeks).

Your application

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