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Traineeships at Linklaters in Hong Kong 

As a law graduate, we will give you a great opportunity to excel in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, with the world’s largest international corporate players.

Globally, we are renowned for breaking new ground in high-growth markets, but in Asia this has translated into a series of ‘firsts’. All in all, if you want to work on complex, demanding deals; if you want to blend your skills with lawyers from many different fields and jurisdictions; if you want the freedom to specialise in specific business sectors, on a broad global stage – Linklaters is where you need to be.

When clients appoint lawyers, they are buying knowledge and expertise; an apparently obvious statement that has serious implications for everyone who trains with Linklaters. When you qualify as a lawyer, this is merely the beginning of a journey rather than a destination. It is a process of learning, development and growth that continues for as long as you work with us.

Application criteria

  • If you hold a law degree, either the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Hong Kong then you can apply directly to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL). The PCLL was established to provide the necessary professional qualification for graduates that have completed the LLB and/or JD degree in Hong Kong or another common law jurisdiction or non-law graduates who have passed the GDL or the CPE.
  • Applicants for the PCLL must comply with the new entry requirements published by the standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in Hong Kong. Graduates without a Hong Kong LLB and/or JD degree will need to pass the PCLL Conversion Examinations before starting the PCLL.
  • Once you choose the Hong Kong University at which you would like to study the PCLL, Linklaters will assist with arrangements, such as: paying the examination fees for PCLL conversion exams for overseas law students; paying your fees for the PCLL course; and providing you with a maintenance grant.

What we offer

  • A two-year training programme specifically designed to provide you with experience across a range of practice areas.
  • Working under partner and associate supervision and guidance, being involved in a broad variety of client work and equipping you with the skills to become a confident commercial lawyer.
  • An opportunity to take part in one to two international placements either in London, Singapore or Shanghai, which will furnish you with further global deal exposure.
  • The opportunity to meet new colleagues and share experiences, as well as gain fresh perspectives and benchmarks.
  • A dedicated HR partner to support and nurture you through the programme. You will attend specific seminars and training modules that are relevant to each practice area. You will also meet with HR at key stages throughout your training to draw up plans and discuss international placements.

The learning will continue long after you qualify. For example, our partners have received strategic business leadership training from members of Harvard's Business Faculty. 

This is a journey and every day will be a rich learning experience for you.  

To apply, please complete the appropriate online application form, which you can access via the link in the right hand column. If you have any further queries please email

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