A great way to obtain first hand experience of what life is like as a trainee at White & Case is through our July Internship. There are approximately six to eight places available in our Hong Kong office for the internship of three weeks during July each year. An allowance will be paid to support your internship.
Vacation placements provide an opportunity to play an active part in the life and work of our Hong Kong office. During the program, you will work within a practice group alongside an associate and assist them with their work. Informal talks with partners and associates will enable you to gain some insight into White & Case and the structure of the training contract.
In addition, there are a number of formal training sessions and workshops. You will receive continued support and feedback throughout the program. For successful candidate, a guaranteed Training Contract interview will take place by the end of the vacation program. It is not compulsory to complete a summer placement to be considered for a Training Contract, but it is highly recommended.
What you will do
Your Training Contract will consist of four six-month seats, one of which will be finance and one of which will be in London. In each seat you will be supported by a training supervisor, normally a partner or experienced associate, whose role is to ensure that you are given plenty of opportunities to expand your skills, knowledge and experience.
As a Hong Kong trainee, you will have full access to secretaries, professional support lawyers, library assistance, our research tools and other technical support, just as our lawyers do. The same people who make the decision to recruit you will remain actively involved in your development during your Training Contract. They will monitor your progress to ensure that your overall experience—the relevance, variety and volume of work as well as training—is valuable and worthwhile.
The training is comprehensive and tailored, with your London seat guaranteed. The work is cutting-edge, and the rewards are excellent.
Required Skills and Abilities
Law students in the penultimate year of study
It goes without saying that we expect intelligence and academic excellence. Your interest in us already suggests to us that you probably possess the ambition, drive and determination to live with the demands made on a high-flying international lawyer.
Language skills are important. To work with our team in Hong Kong, you need to be fluent in English as well as proficient in Mandarin. The way you think is also crucial. You need to be able to analyze how the law works and be creative, yet pragmatic, in your interpretation of it. In time your clients will come to depend on your ability to think laterally when resolving a complex issue or structuring an international transaction on their behalf.
From day one you will need to be a team player, and even as a trainee, your colleagues will depend on you to perform your tasks accurately, efficiently and on time. Integrity is part of the same equation. It is absolutely vital to the well-being of your clients and the reputation of your colleagues and the Firm that your professional standards are beyond question.
Your strength of character is probably evident in the activities that interest you outside the office. You are also going to need a sense of humor!
Our focus on smaller teams in which trainees play a full role, together with our truly open door policy, means that you will always be part of the bigger picture. Our trainees are encouraged to ask questions and seek feedback at all times. You will never be short of information about the matters you are working on or how you are doing.
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