How to Apply

Latham & Watkins recruits only the highest caliber candidates, in terms of both academics and personality. We pride ourselves not only on the standard of our work, but also on our collegial atmosphere and collaborative style, which the firm works hard to maintain. Latham is comprised of people from a variety of backgrounds and with a diversity of opinions. We value originality and creative thinking, and place a strong emphasis on client service, entrepreneurship and teamwork.

We seek candidates who possess excellent communication skills and a demonstrated record of personal and/or professional achievement. We value an entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.

We carefully select our trainees and summer associates because they will play a vital role in the future growth and success of the firm. We strive to establish a reciprocal and long-term relationship from day one with a focus on developing our lawyers’ potential.

Hong Kong Training Contract

As a trainee, Latham will ensure that you receive all the guidance you need. The firm's partners, counsel and associates are committed to help you grow and develop your full potential. Always available to answer any questions you have, Latham's lawyers ensure that you have the best mentorship experience possible.

You will have the opportunity to work in the Corporate, Finance and Litigation departments, which allows you to develop key skills and experience in core areas, providing you with an opportunity to explore your own area of interest and develop an understanding of different areas of the law.

You may also be offered the opportunity to spend up to six months in an overseas office in your second year. Before commencing your training contract, the firm will ask you to nominate your department and practice area preferences for your rotations. While Latham cannot offer any guarantees, the firm will endeavour to build your preferences into your program to help you plan your career.

You can find out more about the our training contract in our brochure.

How To Apply

To apply for a training contract, please apply online by clicking here.

Application Deadlines:

Training Contract 2022:
Applications open October 1, 2019
Applications close August 1, 2020

In addition, the Hong Kong office participates in a number of job fairs in Hong Kong, Australia, and in the United Kingdom.

Hong Kong Vacation Scheme

Latham’s Hong Kong office offers two three-week vacation schemes in the summer – one in June and a second in July, for candidates who are considering applying for a training contract with the firm. The vacation schemes are structured to introduce you to the firm's work and culture by providing plenty of opportunities to contribute to current matters and to meet and socialize with the people who work at Latham.

During the vacation scheme, candidates will be asked to produce written work and deliver a short presentation on a legal topic. Other members of the office will deliver presentations on various topics, so that you will be immersed in the firm and gain a thorough appreciation of how Latham works. While you are with the firm, you will enjoy plenty of social events where you will experience the relaxed and open side of Latham. You will also have the opportunity to speak informally with lawyers and trainees, who will be able to answer your questions.

You can find out more about the our training contract in our brochure.

How To Apply

To apply for a vacation scheme, please apply online by clicking here.

Application Deadlines:

Summer Vacation Scheme 2020:
Applications open October 1, 2019
Applications close February 1, 2020

In addition, the Hong Kong office participates in a number of job fairs in Hong Kong, Australia, and in the United Kingdom.

Summer Program for US Law Students

Latham’s summer program in Hong Kong is designed to give US law students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work as a US-admitted lawyer in Hong Kong. Our Hong Kong summer associates will have the opportunity to work on  a range of challenging and exciting corporate matters (including in the areas of Finance, M&A, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Disputes, Capital Markets and Equity Derivatives) for clients located across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, with significant partner and client access and the chance to travel to international client meetings throughout Asia. Our summer associates also participate in our dedicated Hong Kong training program, which has been developed to help young associates learn how to manage and execute deals in a cross-border context.

The Practice

During the summer, the Hong Kong summer associates can expect to participate actively in active matters in a broad range of practice areas. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, Hong Kong summer associates will participate in the firm’s formal training curriculum and introductory courses covering a broad range of practical topics. The training sessions are designed to give summer associates a general understanding of our practice and the work they would do as associates. Latham takes pride in the collegial nature of the team in Hong Kong, and our summer associates will meet partners, associates and trainees, both in the office and at social events.

Latham’s summer program in Hong Kong runs for 10 weeks (accommodations are provided), with an opportunity to spend a few weeks in a US office.

The Program

During the summer, the Hong Kong summer associates can expect to participate actively in active matters in a broad range of practice areas. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, Hong Kong summer associates will participate in the firm’s formal training curriculum and introductory courses covering a broad range of practical topics. The training sessions are designed to give summer associates a general understanding of our practice and the work they would do as associates. Latham takes pride in the collegial nature of the team in Hong Kong, and our summer associates will meet partners, associates and trainees, both in the office and at social events.

Latham’s summer program in Hong Kong runs for 10 weeks (accommodations are provided), with an opportunity to spend a few weeks in a US office.

How To Apply

During the law school interview season, Latham & Watkins conducts interviews with US law students around the country for summer and first-year associate positions. In keeping with Latham’s “one-firm” culture, the firm typically sends a team of lawyers who are committed to outreach at that particular school to interview students on behalf of all of our offices.

The Hong Kong office also participates in job fairs and interview programs throughout the year and sponsors various on-campus information sessions, substantive presentations and receptions. If your school is not listed on Latham’s US Law School Interviews and Events Calendar — or if you are unable to attend our on-campus interview sessions and you would like to pursue opportunities with Latham — please forward a cover letter, resume and transcript to [email protected].

Click here to learn more about the Summer Program.

Experienced Lawyers

Experienced lawyers interested in joining our Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai offices should send a cover letter, resume and transcript to [email protected]