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Closing date: 23:59 on 28th February 2020
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Internships are the best way for you to get a real appreciation of our firm, culture, people and the opportunities we provide. You can experience the energy and dynamism of our teams and have a first-hand look at some of the work we do. It is the time for you to make an early and lasting impression and, of course, our chance to get to know you and see how you work as a member of our team.

In Singapore, the Firm operates as a Joint Law Venture, Pinsent Masons MPillay, with the Singapore Law Practice being MPillay.

Over the course of the summer, we run three-week internships 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.

During the internship, you will:

  1. Have a mentor and buddy assigned to you to ensure that you have constant guidance throughout the internship.
  2. Be requested to present on an area of law relevant to your internship or of interest to you.

Every year, there will be three intakes – one in June, July and August respectively. There are no internships in December or January.

The internship will be for a full three-week period and you will be paid S$500 upon completion of the full period.

Every year we accept applications for Internships from 1 November to 28 February.

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

  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

2 Years
at University

NUS, SMU, SUSS or an accepted University of SILE

Strong
2.1
grade

predicted or attained in your undergraduate degree.

SINGAPORE
BAR

Have the rights to work in Singapore/meet the requirements to be called to the Singapore Bar

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.

Internship to Training Contract

We hope your internship experience will fuel your interest in joining the Firm as a trainee. The time is meant for you to gain a realistic idea of what the life of a trainee or qualified lawyer is like at Pinsent Masons and also for us to gauge your performance in a variety of relevant settings. This is why you will be asked to present to the team on a topic or area of law relevant to or of interest to you.

If you are offered an internship, it is because we see your potential and the internship period therefore offers you the chance to demonstrate your suitability for a training contract. It is a vital part of our recruitment strategy as we prefer to recruit our trainees from those who have participated in our internship programme.

What we’re looking for

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.

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The recruitment process

Want to know more?

We are inviting interested applicants to 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.

Frequently asked questions

No. If you are looking to apply for an internship only, you do not have to apply for a training contract. However, if you are applying for a training contract, we will automatically consider you for an internship with the firm.

The internship programme runs over a three-week period. Every year, there will be three intakes – one in June, July and August respectively. There are no internships in December or January.

Yes, you will be paid S$500 upon completion of the full three-week period.

You should indicate your preferred practice area in your cover letter and we will do our best to accommodate your request. However, from time to time, it may be difficult to achieve this due to commercial reasons.

You may apply for an internship as a first-year student. However, note that priority will be given to students in their second or third year.