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Training in Hong Kong


Our two-year Hong Kong trainee solicitor program provides you with the opportunity to work closely with and learn from highly regarded Davis Polk lawyers who will help you build your skills and develop a deep understanding of the Asian legal market. We will recruit our 2026 trainee intake from participants in our 2024 vacation scheme program.

How to apply

2024 Vacation Scheme

Our Hong Kong summer vacation scheme offers a perfect introduction to a career in law and to life at Davis Polk. As a vacation scheme student, you will have the opportunity to work on international transactions for various clients, participate in in-depth training programs and information sessions focused on the work of our Asia practice, and attend social events with Davis Polk lawyers.

We will be accepting applications for our summer 2024 vacation scheme from penultimate-year law undergraduates and law postgraduates between 1 September 2023 and 31 January 2024. To apply, please email a cover letter addressed to the Legal Recruiting Manager that includes the reasons for your application, along with a CV and detailed breakdown of your academic results to when applications open on 1 September 2023. We expect to host two groups of three to five law students in June and July 2024.

Download our brochure: 10 reasons to join us

What to expect

As a trainee solicitor in our Hong Kong office, you will play an integral role on the client teams and work with established and emerging Chinese companies, the Chinese government and state-owned entities, global financial institutions and leading multinational corporations. Trainees rotate through both the Corporate and Litigation practice groups in Hong Kong. Subject to business needs and global conditions, trainees will have the opportunity to go on a six-month secondment to our Beijing office. We will recruit our 2026 trainee intake from participants in our 2024 vacation scheme program.

If you are selected as one of our trainees, we will provide you with training contract benefits, including reimbursement of PCLL conversion examination fees, a stipend of HK$80,000 for the year of your PCLL studies, PCLL tuition fees, a gym membership, health and dental insurance plans and up to 44 working days leave during your two-year contract.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about Davis Polk and training with us, please join us at the 2023 Hong Kong Law Fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 9 September 2023 to meet with our partners, lawyers and trainees.