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A Training Contract with the Firm represents the first stage of a focused development programme that will enable you to become a qualified lawyer and fulfil your potential. Our training programme has been developed in-house; this ensures you receive a bespoke, balanced and comprehensive introduction to the legal profession.

In Singapore, the Firm operates as a Joint Law Venture, Pinsent Masons MPillay, with the Singapore Law Practice being MPillay. All Training Contracts are offered through MPillay.

We are proud of the high quality work, early responsibility and exposure to clients we can offer our trainees, and are keen to offer the best possible training experience to those who join us. This begins from the moment you accept our Training Contract offer. We have a programme of events and communications which allow us to keep in touch with you throughout the time between you accepting our offer and joining the firm.

Throughout your training, you will be exposed to different areas of practice to equip you with a well-rounded experience of what legal practice entails. You will receive technical skills training, as well as complementary skills training which will fully equip you for your life as a newly-qualified lawyer and business advisor.

You will attend in-house training sessions organised periodically through the Pinsent Masons Academy. These cover various aspects of legal practice, from black-letter law topics to industry knowledge, client management and people skills. Training will not only be delivered locally, but will include sessions facilitated by lawyers in other Pinsent Masons offices in the region or the UK. Overseas trainers are also engaged to ensure that our lawyers are updated with the latest skills and competencies to thrive in the legal industry.

Every year we accept applications for Training Contracts from 1 November to 28 February. While numbers can fluctuate from year to year, we typically recruit up to two trainees each year.

Please submit the following documents via the Pinsent Masons Online Application System:

1. Cover letter, succinctly addressing at least the following:

  • Any previous applications to the Firm
  • Interests
  • Personal Achievements

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
3. Current degree transcripts
4. Academic transcripts at ‘O’ Levels and ‘A’ Levels (or equivalent)

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.

Entry requirements

AAB+

from your three best A-Levels or equivalent.

2.1
degree

already gained or predicted to achieve.

If you do not meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there is an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

We want intelligent, well rounded team-players who are enthusiastic, driven, approachable and commercially aware. We look for candidates who demonstrate a good grasp of the law, practicality and common sense.

Please be aware, if a vacancy becomes oversubscribed, we will close applications before the stated deadline. We recommend you submit your full application as early as possible.

Reward package

Part B Bar Course honorarium

S$500
per month

Trainee honorarium

S$2,000
per month

Additonal Benefits

Reimbursement of your Part B Bar course fees and all costs associated with registering and filing for your admission to the Bar upon retention.

What we believe makes a great Trainee

AN INTEREST IN BUSINESS

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.

PERSONAL DRIVE

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.

CONFIDENCE

With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

A FOCUS ON DETAIL

With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.

INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITY

You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions, With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.

SELF-ORGANISATION

You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

OPENNESS

You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

Hear from some of our Trainees

Our recruitment process

Qualification and beyond

Our investment in your training means we will do everything possible to continue your career with us after qualification. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop. Given how much we invest, we naturally aim to retain all our Trainees – we have had 100% retention since starting the training programme in 2014.

Your development does not stop upon qualification. Instead, you start to focus your energy on becoming a specialist in your chosen area. This is facilitated by a number of bespoke training courses delivered through both your practice area and the Pinsent Masons Academy. This ensures that you will continue to develop the necessary skills to allow you to progress further in your career and take on additional responsibility.

Want to know more?

You can meet us prior to submitting an application by attending one of our events. Details of all upcoming events can be found in our events calendar.

In the meantime, why not follow us on our social media channels where you can receive up-to-date news from the firm and find out more about developments across the legal sector?

If you have any queries relating to Graduate activities in Singapore, please contact the HR team at recruitmentsg@pinsentmasons.com.

Some frequently asked questions

While numbers can fluctuate from year to year, we typically recruit up to two trainees each year. We review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.

No, we understand you could have other commitments that prevent you from doing an internship and in the past, have issued training contracts to students who have not done internships with us. Having said that, our internship programme offers an ideal opportunity for you to get to know the firm and vice versa, and we prefer to recruit our trainees from those who have participated in our internship programme.

There will be opportunities to work with lawyers and clients across our network, be it in APAC or beyond. Overseas Secondment opportunities are possible but are guided by business needs and requirements and would likely happen outside the training period.

Given how much we invest, we naturally aim to retain all our Trainees – we have had 100% retention since starting the training programme in 2014.

No, not at this point in time. Our trainees qualify in Singapore only, however there might be work driven conditions that require an individual to qualify in another jurisdiction, which the Firm might support.

Yes. If you are applying for a training contract, we will automatically consider you for an internship at the firm.