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Singapore Trainee and Internship Programme

Holborn Law LLC is a member of CMS Holborn Asia, a Formal Law Alliance with CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (Singapore) LLP. The Formal Law Alliance allows the two firms to provide the broadest range of Singapore and international legal services from one platform, with Singapore law expertise and litigation representation provided by Holborn Law LLC. 

As you would expect from an alliance with a Top 10 Global Law Firm with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries, it’s how we work that sets us apart. Combining our deep local expertise with global thinking and international experience, we strive to put our clients first and we believe that they see us as the human face of the law. We are passionate about building strong, long term and personal relationships with our clients, and really understanding the environment they work in and the challenges they face, wherever they are in the world.

We take the same approach with our colleagues: we pride ourselves on fostering a workplace where everyone is encouraged to speak up, share ideas, seek advice and where ability and commitment is recognised by rapid progression. 

If you share this outlook and you want to be involved in some of the most complex and interesting work, often cross-border, where finding creative solutions and collaborating with colleagues from across our international network is part of daily life, then our world may just be the place for you.

We are currently accepting applications for internships and the Singapore Training Programme. 

For each internship programme, there are a limited number of places for students who are studying a primary law degree in Singapore or abroad at a university approved by the Ministry of Law. 

For the Singapore Practice Trainee Programme, we offer suitable candidates with an opportunity to become qualified in Singapore.

For more information on our requirements and how to apply, please see below.

Practice Trainee Programme

CMS Holborn Asia is currently accepting applications for the Singapore Practice Trainee Programme, which is intended to provide suitable candidates with an opportunity to become qualified in Singapore.

We offer a practical training programme that gives trainees an opportunity to get hands-on training in domestic, regional and international transactions, projects and cases. Successful candidates are talented law students with strong academics, drive, and curiosity, who are eager to learn. The CMS Practice Training Contract programme offers trainees maximum exposure through a rotation of all our practice groups. We have designed the structure of our Practice Training Contract to give you the widest range of experience within our business in line with the training requirements in the Legal Profession Act and the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2011. You will receive supervision and support from senior lawyers, practical scheduled training modules covering major aspects of corporate, commercial, construction and infrastructure, energy oil & gas and dispute resolution practice, TMT and a dedicated mentor for career guidance. An honorarium will also be provided through the Practice Training Period.

Candidates who wish to apply for training seats with a view to qualifying in 2023 and 2024, please email  the Graduate Recruitment team at [email protected].

Candidates should apply with:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page, stating preferred areas of practice and why the candidate believes himself/herself to be a unique proposition to CMS; and
  • A CV of no more than 3 pages, with (i) contact e-mail and day contact details; (ii) academic records and achievements; (iii) extra-curricular activities and achievements, (iv) prior work experience; and (v) a copy of law school transcripts where applicable, including the grades for the academic term immediately preceding the application.

Internship Programme

Each year, CMS Holborn Asia welcomes law students to join our internship programmes. Our internships are an opportunity for you to experience life in a law firm, to learn the tricks of the trade and to make contacts. It could even lead to a long-term collaboration. The successful intern(s) will be offered to undertake practice training with our firm.

Law students from Temasek Polytechnic – Law & Management

Internship placements are available throughout the specified period below:

  • September to December

Law students from Singapore universities

Law students who have completed their first year of study. Internship placements are available throughout the specified period below:

  • May to August
  • December to January

Law students from universities outside of Singapore

Law students who are Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent residents and have completed their first year of study. Internship placements are available throughout the specified period below:

  • June to September
  • December to February

How to apply

Send applications by mail electronically to: The Recruitment Director, CMS Holborn Asia, Email: [email protected]

Applicants should include: Cover letter stating your preferred area of practice, a recent photo, your Curriculum Vitae, transcripts of results achieved in your Law & Management Diploma or LLB examinations to date, and copies of “O” and “A” level certificates.