What it does: Commercial law
Staff stats: Globally, 2600 lawyers and 4700 staff across 25 offices
The good bits: Prestige employer, award-winning culture
Hiring grads with degrees in Law & Legal Studies for the Law Graduate program and all degrees for Legal Operations Graduate program
We’re Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading international law firms. Join us and you’ll be at the centre of high-profile cases, and high-impact deals and you’ll grow from new experiences every day.
With over 25 offices spanning Asia, Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East, careers at Herbert Smith Freehills offer our graduates the opportunity to experience being part of a truly global law firm. Working with some of the most significant organisations in the world, opportunities to have a social impact, and learning from our world-class team every day will enable you to create solid foundations on which to build your career in law.
We’re proud to say that we put people first. Our firm is built on diverse cultures, reflective of the societies in which we live and work. That’s why inclusivity is key to our success. At Herbert Smith Freehills, you’ll be valued for what makes you different and accepted for who you are. We recognise the power of diversity and inclusion to drive innovation, collaboration and business outcomes. So, whether it’s working on the latest advancements in digital law, taking part in some of the biggest mergers and acquisitions around, or helping people through our extensive pro bono work – you’ll develop the skills to solve the most complex challenges in thoughtful and innovative ways.
Great lawyers are both curious and creative. We encourage you to challenge assumptions and open yourself up to new ideas – we’re as eager to learn from you, as you are from us. So, what exactly are we looking for?
There’s no single path to becoming an exceptional commercial lawyer. We look beyond your academic record and your technical aptitude. We’re focusing on finding people who have the curiosity to explore all the angles and the empathy to place themselves in their client’s shoes.
In line with our 10 Actions for Change, we are proud to use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The CRS allows us to understand each applicant’s achievements in the context that they have gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.
We select many of our graduates through our vacation clerkships. During this immersive experience, you’ll receive hands-on practical experience, as you work on some of the diverse challenges facing the team you’re collaborating with. Some key features include the opportunity to:
Different from other firms, our Graduates spend six months in three practice areas. All Graduates have the chance to submit a preference for which team they would like to rotate through next. At the end of the 18-month program, our Graduates can select the area they would like to continue to grow their career in, enabling them to focus their development in an area that matters to them.
You’ll need to upload the following:
As part of the online application, we’ll also ask you to answer a few short questions about your interest in Herbert Smith Freehills and commercial law generally.
Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The CRS allows us to understand each applicant’s achievements in the context that they have gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper – and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.
If you are invited to a first-round interview, we will also ask you to complete our online psychometric assessment beforehand.
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; your responses simply provide insight into where your likely strengths lie. It’s best to answer as quickly and honestly as you can.
It is important that you choose the answer which matches how you usually like to work.
While we try to make the interview as relaxed as possible, it is a chance to show us your professional side, so pay attention to all those tips you’ve read about being punctual and presenting in a professional manner. Beyond that, be yourself and try to let us see you at your best.
The interview is intended to be a two-way process and provides an opportunity for you to see what it would be like to work with us, as well as for us to get to know you.
Remember, we want to give you a chance to tell us all about yourself and why you think Herbert Smith Freehills is the right place for you.