Applications are: closed

The Dubai Office work-shadowing placement programme is a two week scheme run by our Dubai office which is aimed specifically at individuals interested in a career in the Middle East.

Our placement is an exciting opportunity to find out more about life at Pinsent Masons. We design, structure and develop the placement programme to give you an experience which helps to develop your legal and commercial skills. Working alongside Trainees and qualified Solicitors on real client projects, you’ll enjoy structured work-based learning, skills training and presentations.

For many people, a placement presents the first opportunity to work in a professional organisation and environment. We make sure that first step is an easy one with a day one induction. You’ll be welcomed to the Firm and encouraged to make the most of every opportunity.

You’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of a team and get the chance to make a great first impression. You’ll also get the opportunity to develop transferable professional skills, building your confidence along the way. It’s also a great opportunity to get a feel for the social scene, make friends and start building a useful network of contacts for the rest of your career.

A shadowing placement with Pinsent Masons Dubai offers you a programme of work-based learning and the chance to shadow our lawyers. You’ll experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of a team and get the chance to make a great first impression. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to start building a network of contacts.

2021 Dates

Placement commences on Sunday 8 August 2021 and runs until Thursday 19 August.

You must be available for the full placement.

The salary for the placement is 500 Dirhams per week.

The placement is best-suited to those applicants who already have close links to the Middle East region, although we do welcome applications from all candidates.

Participants must also have the right to work in the UAE.

Entry requirements

Penultimate year

If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.

Work Shadow Placement to Training Contract

We hope your Work Shadow Placement experience will fuel your interest in pursuing a career in the Middle East. Unlike the students on our UK-based vacation placement programme, those who undertake this Dubai-based placement will not automatically be considered for a Training Contract with Pinsent Masons.

What we’re looking for


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 those who’ve been on a placement

The recruitment process

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than two months.

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If you’ve any other questions relating to this programme, take a look through these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question that needs answering, email us at [email protected].

Frequently asked questions

The programme runs over a two-week period in our Dubai office and will take place during the month of August.

Yes, the salary for the placement is 500 Dirhams per week.

During the placement, you will be shadowing lawyers and trainees from different practice areas. This will allow you to experience a wide variety of tasks and an understanding of the type of interesting and diverse work our different departments are involved in.

First year students can apply however as we have limited spaces for the placement, we would prioritise the strongest applications from those in the penultimate year of their law degree.

Applications are: closed