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Our internship is designed to give you first-hand experience of working in an international law firm. The Tokyo office engages capabilities from across our global network to provide a mix of global expertise and local knowledge for Japanese clients. Some of our practice groups have global teams with presence in Europe, Asia and Australia, which offers students and graduates a unique and truly international working experience.


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What we can offer you

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Overseas secondment

The 2-week programme includes a one-week overseas secondment to our London office or one of our offices in Australia, offering you the opportunity to work in both our Tokyo office and abroad.

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Practical insight

You will experience the process of a commercial deal or transaction, giving you an insight into the day to day role of working in a global network.


Life at Ashurst

Our internship will give you the opportunity to get to know our firm and our people, and experience our collaborative and progressive culture first hand.

The recruitment process

To be eligible you need to have a strong academic record. Strong English and Japanese skills are 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 in your application.

You can apply at any time as there is no deadline. For planning purposes please allow sufficient time between submitting your application and the time you would be looking to start your internship .

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.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to our office to interview with our associates and partners. This will be an opportunity for you to find out more about us so feel free to ask us any questions you may have.


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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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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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Ashurst is committed to ensuring an accountable workplace culture. Candidates are encouraged to report any ethical or conduct concerns to our confidential email address:

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