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Hong Kong trainees

Freshfields graduate at work

You experience up to five areas of law and two secondments to other offices.

Hong Kong trainees

You’ll have to demonstrate academic results that are consistently high. Experience tells us that it’s only those who achieve a high academic performance consistently who have the ability to cope with complex legal issues. It’s therefore rare for us to accept anyone without at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent.

Ideally, you’ll also have completed an internship with us and we have a strong preference for candidates with spoken and written Mandarin.

You’ll spend most of your time in Hong Kong, but we also offer a three-month seat in our Beijing or Shanghai offices, and a six-month seat in our office in London.

Every year, we award up to 8 two-year training contracts

You’ll either have a law degree or any academic degree from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand or the UK.

If you have a law degree from Hong Kong or overseas

You’ll need to complete the PCLL and the Hong Kong conversion course if applicable.

If you have a non-law degree from an overseas university

You’ll need to complete either the GDL or the JD programme, and then the PCLL.

You can complete the PCLL course at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong or the City University of Hong Kong.

Your training contract with us starts when you’ve successfully completed the PCLL

We’ll fund your PCLL course tuition fees and pay you a maintenance grant for the duration of the PCLL. We’ll also help with the Hong Kong conversion exams if needed.

When you join us, your training covers several areas of law

To make sure your training is as comprehensive as possible, you’ll need to complete at least six months in a corporate seat, three months in a finance seat and three months in a dispute resolution seat.

And to help you decide which area of law is right for you, our programme also allows you to spend time in our other practice areas: antitrust, competition and trade or intellectual property and information technology.

Read about the work you’ll do

Take part in our four-week internship programme

Find out how to apply