Graduate Programmes

Herbert Smith Freehills SA Graduate Programme

Herbert Smith Freehills is widely recognised as one the world’s top, fully-integrated law offices. They service many of the world’s largest and most enterprising organizations. The firm employs a total of more than 5,000 people spread over 27 locations in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Australia.

As a premiere law firm operating in Johannes, South Africa, their goal is to provide an innovative and diverse work culture where client focus, highly engaged people and high performance that sets them apart. The firm is backed by people with a broad range of backgrounds and experience. Even still, the firm’s inclusive environment allows employees to feel appreciated and valued, able to work at their optimum best by encouraging them to be true to themselves at work.

Herbert Smith Freehills SA Graduate Programmes

The firm promises aspiring law graduates a “cutting-edge” start to their legal careers once they join the graduate programme as a candidate attorneys. Trainees can expect getting exposure to extensive breadth of work, training, and mentorship to grow their career. Training is also tailor-fitted to suit individual strength and areas of improvement to allow trainees to know where they can grow their career within the firm.

In addition to getting exposure to a broad range of challenging work within a wide array of practice areas, trainees will also take part in the firm’s integrated client programme. This is where a trainee will be working with a client for the duration of the programme. Trainees will work alongside client relationship teams to carry out essential research, deliver team objectives and participate in client events.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the graduate training programme, trainees can look forward to a fulfilling career in one of the largest and most respected law firms in the world. You can start as a Mid-Level Assosciate and work your way up.

Requirements or Eligibility

The firm’s graduate programme requires candidate to have acquired matriculation and law degree. Moreover, they are searching for driven and exceptional candidates regardless of their background.

How to Apply

If you meet the programme’s basic requirements, you will need to go to their website and register to be able to browse graduate training opportunities.

You can also get in touch with Olivia Anthony at +27 11 282 0853 or contact her via email at

Make absolutely sure you are ready for the application process. Contact the resource person should you need to make adjustments to be absolutely certain you are fully ready for the application process.

Go here to get registered on their website.

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Herbert Smith Freehill conducts a thorough pre-employment screening process before the start of the graduate training programme.  The rigid screening process includes checking qualifications, references and criminal records.

Closing and Opening Dates

Applications to the law firm’s graduate programme will be accepted until 30 November 2018.

For more details about the company and its culture, feel free to visit their website by clicking here

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