Recruitment & Selection Process

We want to make sure that your application process is as straightforward as possible.

You will take pride in your role, meet the challenges, work in a team, drive for excellence and build relationships, with clients and colleagues, with integrity and trust.

Most importantly, people here are doing something they love and enjoy. This commitment drives them to deliver extraordinary client service and be proud to be part of our team.

Our requirements are stringent. People have joined us from very different backgrounds but they have many qualities in common.

Our shared qualities:

  • Integrity
  • Passion about law
  • A business mindset
  • Analytical and organised
  • An exceptional academic achiever
  • A team player
  • A strong communicator

Come and connect with people whose qualities align with yours. Explore a future full of possibilities.


  • Achieved or on target for a 2(i) honours degree (or an overseas equivalent) or above
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) / combined law degree / dual law degree students from universities in a Common law jurisdiction
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree students from Hong Kong or Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) / Common Professional Examination (CPE) students
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Dates to Remember

Training Contract 2026

  • Applications open: 2 February 2024
  • Applications close: 31 July 2024
  • Assessment dates: August 2024 onwards

Please note that if you have already applied for a Vacation Student Programme, there is no need to submit an application for a training contract. Vacation Student Programme applicants are automatically considered for a training contract.

Your application process

We recruit on a rolling basis, which means when our roles open, they will fill up on a first come first served basis. If the programme you have applied for has an application deadline, you must submit your application by 11:59pm (Hong Kong time) on this date for it to be considered.

If you do not have access to technology, or the right setting to complete the online/virtual parts of the process, you can contact us at and we will be happy to assist.

Here is what you need to know.

Stage 1: Application Form

  • Enter your personal details and experience
  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Explain why you have an interest in our firm and the value you can create for our business
  • Proofread your answers before submitting them

If you are shortlisted, we will let you know the arrangement of Stage 2: Assessment Day

Stage 2: Assessment Day

The assessment day includes a written work-based case study, language assessment and a career conversation. We want to explore different aspects of your abilities and how your personal strengths will fit at Deacons.

Stage 3: Panel Interview

The final stage of the assessment process is a panel interview with partners from the Graduate Recruitment Committee. In light of recent developments regarding Covid-19, panel interviews may take place virtually using video call technology.

You will take part in a short discussion and talk about your motivations for the role and your passion for law.

We will be in contact with you soon after to let you know if you are offered a training contract with us.

Stage 4: Offer

Congratulations! We’d like you to join us.

Stage 5: Pre-employment Checks

As part of our vetting process, we will conduct a pre-employment check on your academic results and job history.

Stage 6: Before You Join

We want you to feel supported and inclusive. Before you commence, you will receive updates from the graduate recruitment team regularly. We will invite you to attend events and orientation during which you will meet your fellow trainees and other people of the firm.

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