Hong Kong - Vacation Scheme

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Vacation Scheme

If you're a law student in your penultimate year or beyond, you can find out what it's like to work in our Hong Kong office with our 4-week Vacation Scheme.

The scheme is designed to simulate our Training Contract and give you an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do. .

To give you a realistic taste of life as a trainee solicitor, you will rotate through different practices and will be supervised by a qualified solicitor.

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What we can offer you

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Learning & Development

You will gain an in-depth understanding of our practice areas through attending sharing sessions and legal training workshops. You will also be given exposure to real client and/or pro bono work and have ample opportunity for on-the-job training.

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Career support

Our knowledgeable and dedicated Early Careers team will provide you with top tips to strengthen your application for future programmes.


Networking & community building

We will hold social events where you will be able to interact with your colleagues, including partners and current/past trainees, and build your networks. From time to time, you may get the opportunity to also work with overseas colleagues and experience our global and collaborative culture first hand.

The recruitment process

To be eligible you need to be on track for a strong 2.1 in your law degree. Strong English and Chinese skills are also required and any additional foreign language skills are welcome.

If you haven't met this criteria and there are mitigating circumstances there will be an opportunity for you to provide us with this information on your application.

Showcase your talent by sharing why you want to be a lawyer and why you want to join Ashurst. By providing concise responses to our online application, you can share your insights into the legal industry and more details about yourself.

Once you have applied you will be emailed a link to complete three aptitude assessments:

  • Cognify – requires you to complete a series of online games measuring your problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Emotify – requires you to complete two online games measuring your ability to accurately perceive emotions and effectively understand the connections between emotions, and situations that lead to specific emotional reactions.

  • Values Fit – helps us identify candidates who have similar values to Ashurst, ensuring the best cultural fit for you and Ashurst.

The assessments only take about 45 to 60 minutes to complete

You will meet face-to-face with our lawyers and members of our People & Culture team for a conversational interview that is designed to assess your personal and technical skills.

It’s also an opportunity for you to find out more about us, so please come prepared with your questions.

If you are progressed following your interview, then you will be required to complete a written assessment to showcase more on your language capability.

Key dates

Applications open

9 September 2023

Applications close

7 January 2024


Rachel Wong

"My traineeship so far has been both challenging and rewarding. There are many opportunities for me to shoulder responsibilities and work on tasks independently, while knowing that I have the team's support and guidance at all times. Ashurst is a firm of incredibly friendly and approachable people, and the partners and associates are willing to invest time and effort to give clear instructions and feedback in order to help us grow. The firm also cares about maintaining a collegiate, inclusive and fun working environment, and there are plenty of social activities for us to engage in and get to know our colleagues on a more personal level – in fact, the finance teams in Asia are all going to Macau for a retreat in May 2023."

Rachel Wong, Trainee Solicitor 2023

Aaron Kwong

"Now having qualified into the Global Loans team, there are often moments which I immensely appreciate the training I received in each of the four seats at Ashurst. The fact that we are a global full-service firm has enabled me to have exposure to a wide array of cross-border transactions and contentious matters. Despite a steep learning curve, the experience has equipped me with a technical foundation, and has built up my confidence to resolve new and challenging issues which have never come up before. Partners and Associates take extra effort to invest in the wellbeing and the long-term career development of juniors including trainees. Even at the early stage of my career as a trainee, I felt that my work made a difference and was appreciated."

Aaron Kwong, Solicitor 2020 Trainee


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Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging

Our inclusive and diverse culture stands at the heart of everything we do. For more information on our initiatives and the support we provide please follow the link below.

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If you can’t find answers to your questions on this page or on the Applicant Resource Hub then please contact our Early Careers team.


Agency submissions and candidate introductions will only be accepted with prior approval from a member of the Ashurst Talent Acquisition team. To submit or introduce a candidate, an agency must have valid agreed terms of business in place with Ashurst. Any agency submissions or candidate introductions made without prior approval or without the agreed terms of business in place will be considered invalid.


We are committed to offering a safe and welcoming environment for our employees and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do we place a strong emphasis on working with people from diverse communities and aim to make a positive impact through our Social Impact programmes.

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Please note that this email address should not be used for general enquiries about, or applications for, job positions available at Ashurst as they will not be passed onto the relevant team. Any recruitment enquires should be directed to