When you join Herbert Smith Freehills, you get so much more than a job. You get the chance to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to become a brilliant lawyer. Herbert Smith Freehills is invested in your professional development and fosters your growth through formal training programs and via pro bono work. Our mentorship program offers guidance and support in all aspects of firm practice, which serves a meaningful purpose in developing professional growth. Our firm is committed to hiring top talent and we recognize that the competition among our peer firms for recruiting and retaining talented attorneys is strong. We want the best people and match New York's market-leading salary and bonus scale at all levels of associate seniority. Hard work pays off--we will support your ambitions and provide you with rewards and opportunities tailored to your interests and goals.

In joining our New York City office, you’ll be right in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. As you will quickly learn, you won’t be short of things do after hours. Within the New York office itself, you can make the most of sporting events, cultural outings and bar nights. You genuinely will be a part of our firm’s close-knit community and of our working environment that is supportive, open, and one that fosters your individual talents.


Our 10 week summer program offers ambitious students the opportunity to develop their skills in our New York office. Summer associates are asked to select a primary practice group from among our litigation, international arbitration and projects offerings, and will become familiar with other practice groups by working on individual projects and matters throughout the summer.

We’re looking for attorneys who are committed to the development of their legal research and writing skills, as they work closely with us to develop innovative responses to our clients’ challenges. The goal of our summer associate program is to afford you a realistic view of the firm, the work we do and the commitment it requires. The program is our primary vehicle for the recruitment of new attorneys. As a summer associate, you’ll be assigned work from active transactions and cases. You’ll act as an integral member of legal teams representing some of the biggest companies in the world. You’ll also be matched with Partner and Associate mentors who will facilitate the transition into law firm life and act as a resource to you for any questions you may have.

Your learning experience is very important to us, therefore, we will provide feedback via mid-summer and end of summer evaluations, as well as informal check-ins periodically. The firm is committed to giving you the best experience possible and we welcome any thoughts or suggestions you may have to make your experience with us a favorable one.

Further, as former summer associates will attest, there are plenty of social events designed to enable you to meet your colleagues and enjoy the city. We have designed team building exercises that will allow you to get to know the other summer associates in the program and foster those relationships as well. At the end of the summer,you’ll have a clear idea of whether a career at Herbert Smith Freehills is right for you.


As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we participate in the New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship Program and include a 1L fellow as part of our summer associate program. The 1L that is assigned to our summer program will work alongside our 2L summer associates and will be given a jump start on the law firm experience.


We offer numerous events outside of the office to enhance your summer associate experience. Our events are designed to help you bond with your colleagues and get to know New York City. In addition to getting together for lunches, dinners and cocktail parties, past events have included baseball games, mixology experiences, escape the room, karaoke night, cooking classes, bowling, an office wide ping-pong tournament, and Jeopardy showdown.

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