Vacation Placements – Hong Kong

A vacation placement is the best way to get a real appreciation of our firm, culture, people and the opportunities we have here. You can test drive a career with Pinsent Masons, experience the energy and dynamism of our teams and have a first-hand look at some of the work we do. And, of course, it’s our best chance to get to know you and see you working as a member of our team.

  • Placement Structure

    Over the course of the winter and summer we run a series of two-week vacation placements during which you will work alongside our fee earners on real client matters, learn about the different practice areas within the firm and get to know as many of our people as possible. At the same time, a vacation placement offers you the chance to demonstrate your suitability for a training contract through your appetite for work and responsibility as well as your business sense. It’s an opportunity to make an early and lasting impression.

    Alongside your work-based learning and training there is a healthy social aspect to the vacation placement. It’s a time for making friends and building contacts and you will be invited to a number of social events organised by our trainees.

    The vacation placement programme is a vital part of our recruitment strategy, and we dedicate significant resources and energy to ensuring that the experience is practical and as true to the life of a Pinsent Masons trainee as possible. We prefer to recruit our trainees from those who have participated on our vacation placement. Please note that we may invite you to an interview for a Training Contract while you are on a vacation placement with us.

  • Placement Dates

    The winter placement programme operates from January to February and the summer placement programme operates from June to August. You will need to be available for a full two-week period during this time. You will need to organise your own accommodation and transport, although to help you meet the costs of this we pay all our vacation placement students HK$2,500 per week while they are with us.

  • Making an Application

    We are currently recruiting people who are looking for a placement in our Hong Kong office on our 2018 winter or summer programme. To apply for a Vacation Placement you must submit electronic copies of the following documents to

    • cover letter
    • curriculum vitae
    • valid IELTS certificate
    • academic transcripts and certificates from your degree(s)
    • any other supporting documentation you consider relevant (e.g. references)


    Application Deadlines

    • The deadline for applications for the Winter 2018 programme is 31 October 2017
    • The deadline for applications for the Summer 2018 programme is 31 January 2018

    Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable legal career. Please take your time to ensure your CV best reflects the skills and attributes  you possess, and provides information regarding any relevant work experience. Remember to double check all your documents for accuracy and spelling.


    Minimum Entry Requirements

    The minimum requirements that all trainees are expected to meet or exceed are:

    • attainment, or prediction of, a strong 2.1 law degreeprofessional working proficiency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin
    • demonstration of key qualities which we value and look for, namely:
      • hardworking with professional integrity
      • passionate about a career in law
      • keen to learn and develop
      • approachable
      • team player
      • bold and creative


    Application to Assessment

    After the deadline all applications are screened to a pre-defined framework and we shortlist those candidates who best demonstrate that they meet our criteria. Those shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an interview in our Hong Kong office.

    The interview itself comprises a number of different elements. Interviews will take place from November to December (for the Winter Programme) and from March to May (for the Summer Programme).


  • Find Out More

    If you have any queries relating to vacation placements in Hong Kong please contact one of the Hong Kong team at

    To find out more about Pinsent Masons download our brochure here.