We recognise that exceptional lawyers come from all backgrounds. We're committed to recruiting a diverse group of trainees and building on our inclusive culture, our application and qualification processes are designed with this in mind. The simple infographic below outlines the steps you can take to start your journey to join our firm.


It’s never too early to start building your future in law. Click the arrow to see how you can get started.


We have a range of exciting opportunities to start building your future depending what year of undergraduate you’re in.

Attend a first year workshop
Two-day workshop

Understand life at the firm through workshops at our London office.

Campus ambassadors
Be a Herbert Smith Freehills Ambassador

Gain skills and experience while helping us promote our opportunities at your university.

Join a vacation scheme
Understand how we work

Our vacation schemes and give you a chance to do real work alongside a partner.

Apply for a Training contract
Shape your future

Our two-year training contract lets you hone your skills across a range of practice areas of your choosing.

Take tor Graduate Diploma in Law
For non-law students

You’ll sit your GDL to bring you up to speed with the skills and knowledge today’s lawyers need. Once complete you’ll then sit the LPC.

Sit the practice course (LPC)
For law students

You’ll sit your LPC so you can make an impact the day you join us.

Join the firm
You’re ready

Our application process means that when you join us, we know you’ll be able to contribute from day one.

Rotate training seat
Four different seats

You’re given the opportunity to submit seat preferences before each rotation, including your first seat, enabling you to tailor your training contract to your specific interests.

Qualify as a solicitor
The start of your career

After two years with us, you’ll qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.


Find out more about your future at Herbert Smith Freehills and our graduate opportunities in our brochure.​

Download the brochure

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