Applications are: closed

Our winter placement operates from January to March and the summer placement operates from May to August. You will need to be available for a full two-week period during this time if you wish to be participate in the placement.

Our placements are 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 is practical and authentically reflects the Trainee Solicitor experience. Working alongside Trainees and qualified Solicitors on real client projects, you’ll enjoy work-based learning, skills training and presentations.

For many people, a Vacation 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 and our buddy system. 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.

You’ll gain full exposure to a few practice areas, allowing you to form strong team relationships getting really involved with their work and gaining relevant experience while enjoying an unexpected level of responsibility. You’ll also have the chance to complete assessments for a Training Contract, attend onsite training and events and get involved in social activities.

2020 Dates

Winter: January to March 2020
Summer: May to August 2020

We don’t offer ad hoc placements or work experience opportunities, so you must make sure you’re available for the full placement during the above dates.

If you want to find out more about the placements before applying, why not come and meet us at one of our events? You’ll find dates and details in our events calendar.

We believe placements should be paid as, while you are with us, you will be making a valuable contribution to our business. We also recognise that undertaking placements can mean incurring costs for travel and accommodation, and you will be required to organise that yourself. That is why we pay our Vacation Placement students a competitive rate of pay while at the firm.

Our 2020 Vacation Placement salaries are yet to be confirmed but in 2019 our Hong Kong Vacation Placement students received HK$2,500 per week.

Every year we accept applications for Vacation Clerkships during Summer and Winter. Applications are currently open with the following deadlines:

Winter Vacation Clerkships – 30 November, 23:59 and Summer Vacation Clerkships – 31 January 2020, 23:59.

We have recently moved to an Online Application system. Please submit the following documents via the online application system or send to

  1. Cover letter indicating your preferred area of practice
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Current degree transcripts
  4. Academic transcripts at ‘O’ Levels and ‘A’ Levels (or equivalent)
  5. Any other supporting documentation you consider relevant

All applications are screened to a pre-defined framework and shortlisted candidates who best demonstrate that they meet our criteria will be contacted and invited to attend an interview.

Entry requirements


predicted or attained in your undergraduate degree.

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.

Vacation Placement to Training Contract

We hope your Vacation Placement experience will fuel your interest in joining the firm as a Trainee Solicitor. So, after your placement we’ll ask you to take a final assessment for a Training Contract. This will involve preparing and presenting a topic, followed by an interview regarding your presentation and your placement experience. We’ll also get feedback from practice groups and, if you meet our core capabilities and perform well throughout both the assessments and the placement, we’ll offer you a Training Contract.

If we offer you a Vacation Placement programme, we’ll automatically consider you for a Training Contract at the firm and your placement will include Training Contract assessments. If you don’t gain a Vacation Placement, the chance of getting our Training Contract will unfortunately be much reduced.

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.

Want to know more?

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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

Frequently asked questions

If we offer you a Vacation Placement programme, we’ll automatically consider you for a Training Contract at the firm and your placement will include Training Contract assessments. If you don’t gain a Vacation Placement, the chance of getting our Training Contract will unfortunately be reduced.

The programme runs over a two-week period. The Hong Kong office has a few intakes of Vacation Placement students throughout the summer and winter.

Yes, in 2019 Vacation Placement students were paid HKD 2,500 per week. Salaries are reviewed annually.

This is unlikely as priority will be given to penultimate year students

Applications are: closed