Graduate programme

The Herbert Smith Freehills graduate programme is a comprehensive learning programme designed to provide the best foundation for your future success.

We recruit employees from a wide range of backgrounds who possess the qualities we look for in our lawyers, such as intellectual curiosity, confidence, empathy, clarity of thought, ability to see the bigger picture, and the ambition to grow personally and professionally.

The Herbert Smith Freehills graduate programme is the best for:

  • making you an exceptional lawyer
    Our development plan is based on detailed empirical research into the unique set of behaviours that we know leads to success. You will benefit from a tailored development plan to help you build a fulfilling career in the world of law.
  • easing the transition from university to work
    Herbert Smith Freehills understands that the transition from university to life in a commercial law firm can be daunting. We provide a comprehensive orientation programme when you start with us, and you will have extensive on-the-job support from colleagues and partners.
  • providing you with a range of legal experience
    Every graduate rotates around three different practice areas, where you are assigned a supervising partner. You gain unparalleled experience in advising some of the world’s largest and most respected organisations on their most critical transactions, disputes and projects.
  • teaching you more than just technical skills
    The Herbert Smith Freehills graduate programme aims to ensure you become an essential business adviser by teaching you technical skills and more. We provide training in areas such as research, communication and business skills, as well as a series of modules to help you manage your career. We also provide industry and client seminars so that you have a full understanding of the business issues facing our clients.

How to apply
We offer most of our graduate positions to vacation clerkship alumni. You can also apply directly to join the programme.


What we look for

What we look for


We have a culture of fairness, equality and inclusion, where talented people with different views, experiences and backgrounds can flourish.

Diversity and inclusion