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As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. We are a global force with a market leading position in Asia Pacific. We have 24 offices in 18 countries as well as groups of lawyers from across our international network focusing on Africa, India, Kazakhstan, Latin America, the Nordic countries, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine.


Our disputes practice is acknowledged as the number one in the UK, Australia and Asia and includes our leading international arbitration practice and award winning in-house advocacy unit. We are a market leader in corporate with strengths across a range of sectors including energy, finance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and technology, media and telecommunications. Allied to this is a deep vein of quality that runs through our other practice areas, such as finance, competition, regulation and trade, real estate and employment, pensions and incentives. We also have specialist areas such as intellectual property and tax.


We offer 50 first-year workshops, 100 vacation schemes and 70 training contracts each year. For a truly international experience, our London summer vacation scheme students can apply to spend time in our offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Madrid, Melbourne, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney or Tokyo.


First Year Workshop


You will hear from our lawyers, take part in interactive workshops that show the breadth of our practice areas and get top tips on how to apply for vacation schemes and training contracts. You will also experience some of the work that we do, by sitting with a current trainee. We will provide you with accommodation and you will be invited to an evening social event, giving you the opportunity to see a bit of London and talk to people from across the firm. The workshops are the perfect opportunity to meet potential future colleagues and help you to decide whether a career at Herbert Smith Freehills is right for you.


Vacation Schemes


We run a two-week scheme in winter and spring and three three-week schemes in summer.


During your vacation scheme, you will sit in the same room as a partner or associate and will be given real work to do for real clients. You will be involved in workshops, invited to presentations from leading lawyers across each of our practice areas and be given the opportunity to attend an exciting range of social events with people from across the firm. By the end of the scheme, you should have a really good idea of whether you see your future career being at Herbert Smith Freehills.


Training Contract


Our two-year training programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills across a range of practice areas. Every trainee rotates through four six month ‘seats’.


All trainees spend one seat in corporate and one seat in dispute resolution. You may also decide to spend time in finance, real estate or projects or one of our specialist practice areas: the advocacy unit, employment, pensions and incentives, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property and tax. We will offer you the opportunity to spend six months in one of our international offices or with one of our clients.


From day one, you will have direct contact with clients. This hands-on experience will help you to understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. Shortly after joining us, you will have the chance to discuss your seat choices on a one-to-one basis with our HR team and you will continue these discussions throughout your training contract. This allows us to offer you a training contract tailored to your particular career aspirations. It also allows you to change your mind on preferences as you progress.


When To Apply

First Year Workshops

open to first years of any discipline

Applications open 1 - 31 January 2017


23 - 24 March 2017

12 - 13 April 2017

Campus Manager

open to first years of any discipline

Applications open 1 March 2017 - 21 April 2017

Interviews will take place in May and June 2017

Training Contracts

1 October 2014 – 16 January 2015 (finalists and graduates only)

1 June to 31 July 2015 (penultimate year students, finalists and graduates)

 Winter Vacation Scheme

open to finalists and graduates only

Applications open 1 - 31 October 2016

Assessment Centre in November 2016

The Winter scheme will take place between 5 -16 December 2016

Spring Vacation Scheme

open to penultimate year students, finalists and graduates

Applications open 1 October - 6 January 2017

Assessment Centres in January - March 2017

The Spring scheme will take place between 27 March - 7 April 2017

Summer Vacation Scheme

open to penultimate year students, finalists and graduates

Applications open 1 December 2016 - 6 January 2017

Assessment Centres January - March 2017

The first Summer scheme will take place between 19 June - 7 July 2017

The second Summer scheme will take place between 10 July - 28 July 2017

Applications are accepted via our careers website: www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers/london/graduates


For all application enquiries, please contact a member of the Graduate Recruitment Team at graduatesuk@hsf.com or call 020 7374 8000.