Bachelor of Laws, The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws), The University of Hong Kong
My first Deacons Encounter
Joining the firm as a Vacation Student
Deacons is the most assuring choice for young lawyers at the budding stage of their careers. As the industry benchmark, Deacons has developed, and is steadily branching out, a full spectrum of service areas to cater for a diversified fix of clients across regions and markets.
Joining Deacons as a trainee affords me the unequalled opportunity to tap into various legal practice areas. As a junior legal practitioner, it is of immense significance for me to ascertain where my passion lies and identify a well-suited area for future specialisation. The wide exposure Deacons promises is thus vital and highly motivating.
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Deacons fosters an inclusive working culture which is hardly found elsewhere. During my placement with Deacons, I was welcomed by a close-knit team who readily offered me professional guidance and support. The harmonious work environment allowed me to rub shoulders with every team member. Partners and associates are approachable and demonstrated a genuine respect for me as a team player. They unfailingly provided me with constructive feedback after each task and guided me through career goals during coaching sessions. I was able to thrive and realise my full potential in the firm’s encouraging atmosphere.
I embarked on my journey at Deacons as a vacation student in 2020. My four-week internship at the Commercial Litigation practice group was truly rewarding. I was assigned with a multitude of tasks and benefited from being conversant with different contentious legal issues in the business context. I had the privilege to observe the workplace etiquette practised by experienced lawyers while immersing in my team’s daily operation. Further, team presentation and Deacons Cares have been indelible occasions for me to bond with my fellow batchmates. After such enjoyable stay, I am convinced that Deacons is the best fit for me.
Deacons opens doors to those with a great ambition in law and adherence to high professional standards. As a firm that celebrates diversities and collaboration, Deacons looks for independent individuals who possess strong commitment to team environment dynamics. With uniqueness and belongingness, one can flourish at work regardless of seniority. To assess whether Deacons is the firm to go, I urge you to apply for the vacation student programme. Have a peek inside of which Deacons culture might be like and consider whether your values align with the firm. The first-hand experience would speak for itself!
Arrive at office and check emails
Discuss with partners / associates about new tasks
Consolidate my daily task list
Review files and draft witness statements
Attend CPD seminar / Have lunch with batchmates
Read and summarise joint medical report
Have a short coffee break to recharge
Conduct legal research on liability and PSLA award
Report my work progress to partners / associates
Have dinner with family / friends
Enjoyed my summer internship at Deacons
Attended exchange programme at University of Leicester and travelled around Europe
Undertook my first internship
Provided free legal education to subdivided flat tenants through workshops
Started learning yoga
Began self-studying Korean