Hong Kong Law Careers Fair

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Event Details

22 March 2019 at 10:00 am – 22 March 2019 at 2:00 pm
Level 2, Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
No cost to attend


About the Fair

Monash University is proud to be hosting the inaugural Hong Kong Law Careers Fair at its city campus. This fair is open to students from within and outside Monash.

Hong Kong Law Careers Fair gives you an opportunity to meet representatives from top-tier firms in Hong Kong and learn more about clerkship, vacation roles and graduate roles on offer. It is also a great chance to meet some of the leading universities and learn about their law undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as the PCLL programme. The Postgraduate Certificate in Law (abbreviated as PCLL) is the professional legal qualification programme in Hong Kong which allows graduates to proceed to legal training before qualifying to practice as either a barrister or a solicitor in Hong Kong. Further details on practising in Hong Kong can be found on the Hong Kong Bar Association website.

The fair will run from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM followed by lunch and networking session up to 2:00 PM.

Law Firms exhibiting:

Law Schools exhibiting:

Details of the firms and schools exhibiting can be found below.

Opportunities with Law Firms

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is of the most experienced China law practices in the region with the ability to advise on Hong Kong, UK and U.S. law. We have been in China for over 20 years and were one of the first international law firms to obtain official approval from the People's Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of Justice to register an office in Beijing in 1993.

Allen & Overy's full service practices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, cover cross-border, multidisciplinary deals. We have around 180 lawyers and consultants in the region and we continue to look for opportunities for further growth, always considering where our clients may want to turn to us for international and local advice.

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Disputes
  • Regulatory

HK Office Staff Information:

  • Legal: 122
  • Non-legal: 80


Final year law students with Chinese language skills are welcome to apply for our 2020 Vacation Placement scheme. Online application will be available at our career page on 1 September 2019 and closed on 1 March 2020.

Please submit the required online application at www.allenovery.com/careers ("Hong Kong") with a cover letter, CV and copy of academic transcripts.

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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a premier global law firm committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal skills and client service around the world. In Hong Kong we have Corporate, Finance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Capital Markets practices. We run a 2 year training programme consisting of 4 x 6 month rotations across our practice areas with the opportunity for secondment. Currently, we are offering the following:

Winter Vacation Scheme 2020:

  • Date of scheme: 6 - 24 January 2020
  • Applications open: 11 March 2019
  • Applications close: 9 August 2019

Summer Vacation Scheme 2020:

  • Dates of scheme: 1 - 26 June 2020
  • 29 June - 24 July 2020
  • Applications open: 2 September 2019
  • Applications close: 3 January 2020

Direct Training Contract 2022:

  • Applications open: 1 January 2020
  • Applications close: 30 April 2020

Hong Kong Open Evening:

  • Wednesday 11 September 2019

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer opened office in Hong Kong more than 30 years ago and is one of the first international law firms to set up in the PRC, opening offices in Beijing and Shanghai 20 years ago. What this means for our people is being part of a firm with a deep understanding of China’s political and regulatory framework.

Although it is common for us to advise on a deal or a problem that is entirely China-based, the majority of our clients are international businesses investing in China, or Chinese businesses wanting to expand and invest internationally. And, increasingly, transactions will span Asia, the United States and Europe. The teams we put together to advise clients often include colleagues from many of our 27 offices.

We help our Chinese clients buy and sell businesses, form joint ventures, raise debt and equity, solve commercial issues with counter-parties and competitors, launch new products, protect their intellectual property, and resolve their disputes through arbitration. We do the same for international businesses wanting to invest in the region. That’s why an interest in China is vital.

We’ve helped some of the largest Chinese state-owned enterprises list on stock exchanges in Hong Kong, New York and London – as well as on the various PRC exchanges. Over the next few years we’ll no doubt help many more to do the same, from banks to utility companies, airlines to railways.

Main practice areas in Hong Kong:

  • Antitrust, Competition and Trade
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Global Transaction Group – Corporate
  • Global Transaction Group – Finance
  • Global Transaction Group – IPIT
  • People and Reward

Internship programme:

For those interested in applying to be a Hong Kong trainee, we run three four-week internship programmes every year so you can experience what life is like at Freshfields.

The firm offer Hong Kong internships in every January (for law students in Australia), June and July (for law students in Hong Kong, UK and Canada).  We also holds a number of presentations and attend law fairs in HK, UK and Australia.

The internship programme is a four-week programme which we will provide a full introduction of the firm to you.  You will also be assigned to sit with the associates which you will be given real legal task to work on.

We give priority to penultimate-year law students who are on track for a 2:1 degree or equivalent and are fluent in written and spoken Mandarin and English.  We would recruit about 8 students for each internship programme.

Application process:

All applicants should submit their application via our website www.freshfields.com/chinarecruiting.

Application of 2020 Winter internship programme (January) is now open from February 2019 to April 2019.

Trainee solicitors:

  • Positions in 2021: 6 - 8
  • Positions in 2022: 6 - 8

The firm wants your training to be as broad as possible. So you will spend six months in corporate, three months in finance, three months in dispute resolution and three months in either antitrust, competition and trade or IP/IT.  You will also do a six month seat in London and three months seat in either Shanghai or Beijing.

In two years you will cover a range of industries and practice areas, build your business knowledge and find a field you’d like to pursue more deeply.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

Practice areas:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition, Regulatory and Trade
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment, Pensions and Incentives
  • Energy, Projects and Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Real Estate

Hong Kong Office Staff Numbers:

Legal staff: 120
Non-legal staff: 110


  • First Year Workshop : 12-15
  • Winter Vacation Scheme : 6
  • Summer Vacation Scheme : 12-14
  • Trainee Solicitors: 9-11

Recruitment Deadlines:

Winter Vacation Scheme 2020:  Applications open from 1 March 2019 and close on 1 May 2019. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis

How to Apply: Complete our application form which can be accessed via our website at careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com

For More Information please contact the Graduate Recruitment team at recruitment.Asia@hsf.com

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King & Wood Mallesons

Practice areas:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation
  • Employment Law & Industrial Relations
  • Government, Public
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade & Investment
  • Private Equity & Funds
  • Projects, Energy & Resources
  • Retail Funds
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Securities
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunication

Hong Kong Office Staff Numbers:

Legal staff: 215
Non-legal staff: 135


  • Trainee Solicitors: 12-14;
  • Summer Clerkships: 12-15 per clerkship in June and July;
  • Winter clerks: 6-10 in December

Recruitment Deadlines

For both summer and winter clerkships: Applications open from 1 November 2018 and applications close on 20 January 2019.

Winter Clerkship on rolling basis

How to Apply: Please apply by completing an online application form and submitting cover letter, CV and transcripts to our careers website http://careers.kwm.com/en

For More Information please contact Helen Acton, Human Resources Advisor at helen.acton@hk.kwm.com

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Latham & Watkins

Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking
  • Leveraged Finance and Structured Finance & Securitization
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Regulatory
  • FinTech
  • Greater China Practice
  • International Arbitration
  • Islamic Finance
  • Korea Practice
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Oil & Gas Transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Public Company Representation
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring
  • Insolvency & Workouts
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Hong Kong Office Staff Numbers:

Legal: 80
Non-legal: 60


Trainee Solicitors: up to 6 - 7
Summer Interns: up to 12 - 16

Recruitment Deadlines

Training Contract 2021:
Application open: 1 October 1 2018
Application close 1 August 2019

How to apply

Please apply via our online application website: https://www.apply4law.com/LathamWatkins

For more information contact

Please visit our website: http://www.lw.com/joinus/beginningYourLegalCareer/China Or contact hkrecruiting@lw.com

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Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis is always on providing high-quality litigation, corporate, labor, and intellectual property services to clients across industry sectors and regions around the world.

Our Hong Kong office, in association with Luk & Partners, advises multinational corporations, financial institutions, and private investment funds headquartered in China, the Asia-Pacific region, and across the globe on a wide range of corporate, capital markets, private equity, litigation, and employment matters.

Potential Opportunities:

  • 2021 Trainee Solicitors
  • 2020 Summer Vacation
  • 2019/2020 Winter Vacation

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Sidley Austin

Established in 1994 and located in the region’s financial hub, Sidley’s office in Hong Kong offers a comprehensive range of legal services to clients. Our team comprises more than 120 legal professionals who are qualified to practice Hong Kong, English, United States and Singapore law.

Internship Program

During summer and winter, we run internship sessions aiming to attract the right talent for our Trainee Program. The internship program is designed to provide law students  in their penultimate year of university with a window into Sidley’s practice and culture.

As an intern, you will meet lawyers from different practice groups and participate in activities that will broaden your understanding of the work we do in Hong Kong and firm-wide. Through hands-on participation in realistic legal work, you will observe how Sidley lawyers help solve problems and create opportunities for our clients.

For more details, please read our graduate recruitment  brochure.

How to apply

We recruit our interns through interviews on campus in Australia. If you are interested in our Hong Kong internship program, please apply online at https://www.sidleycareers.com/en/asiapacific/hong-kong-internship-trainee-programs before March 25, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact hkgraduaterecruitment@sidley.com.

We will also arrange on-campus interviews for our intern applicants.

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Skadden provides integrated U.S., Hong Kong, English and Japanese law advice to clients on a wide variety of ground-breaking matters, including banking, capital markets, corporate M & A/private equity, energy and infrastructure projects transactions and international arbitration and litigation matters. Our clients include major multinational corporations, large state-owned enterprises, leading investment banks and commercial banks, private equity firms, investors and developers.


  • Summer Vacation Scheme (June/July): 4-6
  • Winter Vacation Scheme (Jan/Feb) : 4-6
  • Trainee contract: 2-4

Recruitment Deadlines

  • Early Interviews for Winter Vacation Scheme: March 5
  • Final Deadline for Winter Vacation Scheme: August 1

How to Apply: Please apply online via www.skadden.com/careers/attorneys/apply-and-connect/application

For more information please contact Dina Pesumal - Attorney Recruiting & Development Coordinator on dina.pesumal@skadden.com

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Opportunities with Law Schools

Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)
    • Full-time : circa 150
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
    • Full-time : circa 130
    • Part-time : circa 65
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Chinese Business Law
    • Full-time & Part-time : 60
  • Master of Laws (LLM)  in Common Law
    • Full-time & Part-time : 60
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Energy and Environmental Law
    • Full-time & Part-time : 50
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic Law
    • Full-time & Part-time : up to 130
  • Master of Philosophy in Laws (MPhil) & Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (PhD)
    • Full-time & Part-time : To be advised

Application Deadlines:

  • PCLL
    • 30 April 2019
  • JD & LLM:
    • 31 January 2019 (1st Round)
    • 28 February 2019 (2nd Round)
    • 12 April 2019 (3rd Round)
  • MPhil & PhD:
    • 1 December 2018 at 12 noon Hong Kong Time (GMT +8 hours) (For applicants who apply for PhD Programme through Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme) /
    • 31 January 2019 (For applicants who apply for MPhil / PhD Programme directly with CUHK i.e. non-HKPFS applicants)


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City University of Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong aims to become an internationally-renowned centre for research and teaching of law in the Asia-Pacific region. As part of that objective, close links have been developed with the legal profession in Hong Kong as well as agencies of the legal system and users of legal services. The School offers a broad range of degree programmes.

Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes:

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (LLMArbDR)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)

The CityU PCLL Programme

We aim to train our students to be excellent trainee solicitors and pupil barristers. Our diverse and well-credentialed faculty members bring experience and skill sets from various parts of the world. Our highly-regarded and practical PCLL programme is known to produce well-rounded and client-centred individuals with superior knowledge of substantive law combined with exceptional problem-solving, advocacy and drafting skills.

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University of Hong Kong


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)
    • Full-time: 300
    • Part-time: 100
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
    • Full-time only: 40
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Chinese Law
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Compliance and Regulation
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Corporate and Financial Law
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
    • Intake numbers TBC
  • Master of Laws in Medical Ethics and Law
    • Intake numbers TBC

Application Deadlines

For September 2019 admission:

  • PCLL: 30 April 2019 (HK Time: 12 noon)
  • JD: Applications closed
  • LLM and other LLMs: Applications closed


Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA)

The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) will also be present at the event and sharing information about its offerings and initiatives. AALA is the first incorporated association in Australia to focus on the growing number of Asian Australian lawyers in the profession, as well as other lawyers with an interest in Asia. AALA's members hail from more than 10 countries in Asia and, between them speak almost 20 different Asian languages and dialects.  AALA has members from all walks of legal life, including students, lawyers and principals from small, medium and large firms, barristers, in-house and government lawyers.

The objects of the AALA include:

  1. To bring together members of the legal profession of Asian heritage and cultural background and others with an interest in Asia;
  2. To provide a cohesive professional network to advocate for, and provide support to, our members and to benefit from shared learning and experience
  3. To improve the capability and reputation of the members in the legal profession through raising public awareness and providing education;
  4. To develop links with Asian legal associations and facilitate and promote access for members to Asian legal markets;
  5. To promote and facilitate Asian cultural diversity in the senior ranks of the legal profession;
  6. To promote a mutual understanding of Australian and Asian legal systems; and
  7. Such other purposes as the association, by general meeting, may determine, as an independent, politically unaffiliated and religiously tolerant organisation.

Former High Court judge, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, is the patron of the AALA. The AALA is proudly sponsored by Baker McKenzie and Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and is funded by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation.

For more information about the AALA, you can contact at info@aala.org.au.

Contact us

Please email the Event Coordinator Pratik Ambani at pratik.ambani@monash.edu if you have any questions.